I'm trying to retrieve a value from a Node object. It looks like the value is there, when debugging and checking out the object. But somehow it cannot be accessed.

Trying to get the field:

// $this->entityManager is an instance of EntityTypeManagerInterface 
$node = $this->entityManager->getStorage('node')->load($nodeId);

// hasField always returns FALSE
// $node->get('field_google_hire_identifier'); returns unknown field error

Debugging $node->hasField, looking inside getFieldDefinition:

  public function getFieldDefinition($name) {
    if (!isset($this->fieldDefinitions)) {
    if (isset($this->fieldDefinitions[$name])) {
      // This code should be executed, but it is not.
      return $this->fieldDefinitions[$name];

Debugging values

The second if statement content is not executed, with my understanding it should be.

The node was created with migrate.

I disabled APC and Opcache.

  • I ran into something similar with migrate - if the field was on 2 node types, then field definition was returning null no matter what. And I was able to assert this in a kernel test I was making for organic group migration but I have not been able to reproduce it in a test in core only. I think perhaps there are some missing configuration during some migrations, but that's as far as I have gotten. I don't think this is on-topic and is probably related to whichever module provided those fields.
    – mradcliffe
    Commented Feb 6, 2019 at 21:29
  • Alright, I'll probably dig inside the database to find out more. I created the field (plain text) with the UI. But it looks fine when I step through the code with the debugger. All the data is there (on the node object). Strangely I can't get it.
    – Orlando
    Commented Feb 7, 2019 at 7:45
  • Looking forward to it. If you can reproduce it in core somewhere please file an issue and ping me here.
    – mradcliffe
    Commented Feb 7, 2019 at 20:51
  • It looks like your issue was unrelated, @Orlando, but I realized I did file a core issue related to field definitions being null (not your issue), and did some work on it last year. My memory is just bad - drupal.org/project/drupal/issues/3008202. Adding this for posterity and my own memory.
    – mradcliffe
    Commented Feb 25, 2019 at 12:52

1 Answer 1


The field name string contained a right to left mark. See https://stackoverflow.com/questions/54653637/cannot-get-array-key-array-key-not-set/54655517#54655517 to find out how to remove it

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