I am working on a custom module for our payment system using Drupal 8 and Commerce 2. When a user removes and item for the cart or updates the quantity, I need to sync the two systems (our internal and Drupal commerce's cart). Our site has one store and all products are associated with that store.

I need to be able to load (and loop) over all the items still in the cart after the CartOrderItemRemoveEvent and the CartOrderItemUpdateEvent events. I tried using the following code, but the order is an empty array, despite the cart still having other items in it.

$user = \Drupal\user\Entity\User::load(\Drupal::currentUser()->id()); //Which is 0 for anonymous
$order = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage('commerce_order')->loadByProperties(['uid' => $user->get('uid')->value, 'cart' => '0']);

Is there a way to get the anonymous user's cart and a list of items still in that cart?


 public function cartItemRemoved(CartOrderItemRemoveEvent $event) {
      $cart_provider = \Drupal::service('commerce_cart.cart_provider');
      $cart = $cart_provider->getCart('default');
      $order_items = $cart->order_items->referencedEntities();
    \Drupal::logger('current cart items')->info('<pre><code>' . print_r(json_encode($order_items), TRUE) . '</code></pre>');


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Get the current anonymous user's cart

  $cart_provider = \Drupal::service('commerce_cart.cart_provider');
  $cart = $cart_provider->getCart('default');

Get a list of items still in that user's cart

$order_items = $cart->order_items->referencedEntities();


$cart_manager = \Drupal::service('commerce_cart.cart_manager');

Update order item

$cart_manager->updateOrderItem($cart, $order_item);

Remove order item

$cart_manager->removeOrderItem($cart, $order_item);

Empty cart


Create order item

$order_item = $cart_manager->createOrderItem($entity, $quantity);

Add order item

  • When I try to log the value of the $cart or the $order_items, it comes up empty. I updated my post to show the code I am using Commented Jul 8, 2020 at 16:10
  • $cart is an object, $order_items is an array containing order_item objects. If you want to inspect these, I suggest you use Devel's Kint module and do kint($cart); for example. You'll need to give anonymous user permission to use Kint
    – No Sssweat
    Commented Jul 8, 2020 at 16:40
  • Although, if your cartItemRemoved is triggered with ajax, you wont see the kint dump. You could tempotsrily move the code inside thst funtion into your theme's preprocess_page function just to see that it's working.
    – No Sssweat
    Commented Jul 8, 2020 at 16:50
  • Thank you! I tried to dump the $order_items also and it came up as an empty array. The remove item is not in ajax. Can you tell me the expected keys for each array order items so I can loop over them and see? I'll add kint also but I am using Drupal's logger and also writing the results to a file. Commented Jul 8, 2020 at 17:42
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    Your can access the order_item object protected values like this, for example, if you want the title, loop through the $order_items array, foreach ($order_items as $order_item) { kint($order_item->title->value); } If you want the quantity use $order_item->quantity->value, if you want the unit price use $order_item->unit_price->value etc...
    – No Sssweat
    Commented Jul 8, 2020 at 23:26

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