I am building a D8 module that, for configuration, needs a list of webforms and their fields (just the entity reference fields, but I am not picky)

I can get the webforms with this:

  $webforms = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage('webform')->loadMultiple(null);

But once I get the returned elements (Drupal\webform\Entity\Webform::__set_state), how can I fetch the elements in the webform referenced?

  • Are you trying to get the values a user entered? or just the field names the form contains?
    – No Sssweat
    Apr 20, 2019 at 12:20
  • Thanks, I was looking for the form's field names, and found the result myself.... eventually. Posted below. Apr 21, 2019 at 16:52

2 Answers 2


By trawling through the code, I found this handy function in the Entity code, and it works perfectly:

 $elements = $webform->getElementsDecodedAndFlattened();

This gives a nice array of the elements in the webform itself.

If you want the results of a submission, grab that entity and use:

$data = $entity->getData();

I hope this helps


The complete code for fetching the webform elements are listed below:

  $webform = Webform::load('webform_id'); //replace webform_id with the webform id
  if ($webform) {
    $view_builder = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getViewBuilder('webform');
    $elements = $webform->getElementsDecodedAndFlattened();

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