A good example of getting the children is posted How to get fields...

I need the machine_id of the parent (or target)

Code below fetches the name;

$product_name_id = $product_name_reference->getValue()[0]['target_id'];
$product_name = \Drupal\taxonomy\Entity\Term::load($product_name_id)->label();

The machine_name is visible under 'values'. How do I get it!

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    You know in PHPstorm, anything visible to you like that, you can right click and "copy path" and it will give you $foo[bar]->baz[0]['value'] as appropriate? However, it may be protected, in which case that won't help, and it might not be the recommended way (generally preferable to look for a documented API method), which is why I just mention it as a comment and not an answer. Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 18:11
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    @stevekeiretsu which is why I rather use kint() than PhpStorm for inspecting variables, see my guide
    – No Sssweat
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 20:01
  • @sea26.2 indeed. If the value is protected, you'll want to take a look at the "Available methods" tab, as my guide shows.
    – No Sssweat
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 20:54
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    @NoSssweat I'm very much more a fan of xdebug than kint or any other form of printing, but that 'available methods' tab is cool. I never realised that was there. Generally I use PHPStorm for that as well, since if you start typing $foo->get, for example, it will offer autocompletes of available getters. But it's nice to know an alternative, cheers. Commented Mar 25, 2020 at 0:48

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The machine name is the vid:
if you search for machine_id inside taxonomy module there is no machine_id field declared. enter image description here

But if you look at core/modules/taxonomy/config/schema/taxonomy.schema.yml you can see that:

  type: string
  label: 'Machine name'

So to get the vid (Machine name) you should use getVocabularyId something like:

$product_name_id = $product_name_reference->getValue()[0]['target_id'];;
$product_name = \Drupal\taxonomy\Entity\Term::load($product_name_id);
// Vid or machine name.
$vid = $product_name->getVocabularyId();

I was way overthinking it...


$product = $entity->get('field_products')->entity;
$product_name = $product->get('machine_name')->value;

$product gets the object from the taxonomy item $product_name gets machine name

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