I've built a custom entity using the drupal console, which was kind enough to implement an instance of EntityViewsData for my entity, called MyEntityViewsData.

In the call to MyEntityViewsData::getViewsData(), I have successfully registered a dynamic field, which I then implemented by extending FieldPluginBase. This works as intended.

I then tried the same approach to implement sorting for this field (this time extending SortPluginBase), but have not had any success. I also tried just using the Standard (Drupal\views\Plugin\views\field\Standard) sort plugin. But every attempt results in a SQL error that the sort field does not exist.

The question

How do I sort a dynamic field in Views?



class MyEntityViewsData extends EntityViewsData implements EntityViewsDataInterface {

   * {@inheritdoc}
  public function getViewsData() {
    $data = parent::getViewsData();
    $table = &$data['myentity_field_data'];
    $table['display_name'] = [
      'title' => $this->t('Display name'),
      'field' => [
        'title' => $this->t('Display name'),
        'help' => $this->t('Displays the entity's Short Name if available, or the Name otherwise.'),
        'id' => 'myentity_display_name_field',

     'sort' => [

        // Results in SQL error...
        'title' => $this->t('Display name'),
        'help' => $this->t('Sorts entities by display name.'),
        'id' => 'myentity_display_name_sort',

        // Also results in SQL error.
        'field' => 'display_name',
        'id' => 'standard',
    return $data;



 * @ViewsField("myentity_display_name_field");
class MyEntityDisplayNameField extends FieldPluginBase {
  public function query() {
    // Nothing to return.

  public function render(ResultRow $values) {
    $my_entity = $this->getEntity($values);
    return $my_entity->getDisplayName();


 * @ViewsSort("myentity_display_name_sort")
class MyEntityDisplayNameSort extends SortPluginBase {
  public function query() {

    // This results in an error...
    $this->query->addOrderBy(NULL, "{$this->tableAlias}.{$this->realField}", $this->options['order'], $this->tableAlias.'_display_name_sort');

    // As does this.
    $this->query->orderby[] = [
      'field' => "{$this->tableAlias}.{$this->realField}",
      'direction' => $this->options['order'],

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