My custom entity type comes with a string field for which I would prefer case sensitive queries. When I use

$query = \Drupal::entityQuery('my_entity_type')
 ->condition('my_token_field', 'SomeSortofTokenString')

the result will include all entities no matter if the string in my_token_field is written the same way or for example with lowercases only. my_token_field is set a base field of type string - maybe this is the problem?


2 Answers 2


As the issue in a comment under my question describes this is the way to go:

 $given_token = 'AbTg4576Ft6h6';
 $result = \Drupal::database()->select('my_database_table', 't')
      'binary my_token_field = :given_token',
      ['given_token' => $given_token]
    ->fields('t', ['id'])

Like you already said, I think you should set case_sensitive to true in the field settings, like here. This can also be set in the config.

When digging in the code, I found that the condition function at some point leads to translateCondition which checks if a field is case sensitive and automatically applies the binary option to the sql query.

  • This does not help as the question is about a base field in a custom entity, not a Field API field Nov 12, 2020 at 16:00

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