I'm trying to get the content of all instances of certain fields based on their names. I've got a list of fields (which are in nodes/paragraphs and blocks) of which I want to extract the values from.

For example field_call_to_action_link. I need values of all the instances of this field.

Each field has it's own database table, like: node__field_name, paragraph__fieldname, block_content__fieldname.

I get the field names like this ($configFieldTypes is an array of types I want):

foreach ($configFieldTypes as $fieldType) {
  $fieldNamesFiltered[] = $this->entityFieldManager->getFieldMapByFieldType($fieldType);

Then I filter based on the name starting with 'field_' and make an array with the fieldname as key and the bundles associated with each field:

  private function recursiveKeys($fields, &$fieldNames) {
    foreach ($fields as $key => $field) {
      if ($key === 'parent_field_name'){
      if (FALSE !== strpos($key, 'field_')) {
        $fieldNames[$key] = [$field][0]['bundles'];
      if (is_array($field)) {
        $this->recursiveKeys($field, $fieldNames);

The endresult is an array like this:

  array(1) {
    string(21) "call_to_action_button"
  array(1) {
    string(13) "image_gallery"

Now I need to know if field_call_to_action_link is a node, block, or paragraph.

How can I determine which database table to query?

Drupal 8.8.x

1 Answer 1


If i understand correctly you have field_call_to_action_link in node, paragraph, block entities. And you would like to get values from this field from all entities which contain this field.

I would use EntityQuery and condition to check if field exists in given Entity.

$query = \Drupal::entityQuery('node')
->condition('status', 1)
->condition('field_call_to_action_link', 'NULL', 'IS NOT NULL')

this should give you all published nodes which contain field_call_to_action_link. You can obtain 'block' Entity the same way only change 'node' to 'block'.

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    Isn't entityQuery deprecated and we should use entityTypeQuery instead?
    – leymannx
    Commented Feb 22, 2020 at 23:42
  • Yes you’re right. Thanks. You should use EntityTypeManager to build query. Commented Feb 23, 2020 at 8:55
  • Ah no, for non-OOP code, \Drupal::entityQuery() is not deprecated and can still be used. For services, forms or controllers it's $this->entityTypeManager->getStorage('node')->getQuery() or $this->nodeStorage->getQuery().
    – leymannx
    Commented Feb 23, 2020 at 9:20

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