I'm trying to get the parent menu item of node I am currently on:

$node_id = // some id
$menu_link_manager = \Drupal::service('plugin.manager.menu.link');
$menu_link = $menu_link_manager->loadLinksByRoute('entity.node.canonical', array('node' => $node_id));
$parent = $menu_link->getParent();

but for some reason it always fails with this error:

Error: Call to a member function getParent() on array

When I inspect $menu_link I can clearly see it is there:

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Also the method of getParent() seems to be correct: Docs

Would appreciate any help!


1 Answer 1


I think you need to reset the collection first, as the ::loadLinksByRoute() annotation states that it returns an array of MenuLinkInterfaces[].

See /core/lib/Drupal/Core/Menu/MenuLinkManagerInterface.php:

   * Loads multiple plugin instances based on route.
   * @param string $route_name
   *   The route name.
   * @param array $route_parameters
   *   (optional) The route parameters. Defaults to an empty array.
   * @param string $menu_name
   *   (optional) Restricts the found links to just those in the named menu.
   * @return \Drupal\Core\Menu\MenuLinkInterface[]
   *   An array of instances keyed by plugin ID.
  public function loadLinksByRoute($route_name, array $route_parameters = [], $menu_name = NULL);

So do something like:

/** @var \Drupal\Core\Menu\MenuLinkManagerInterface $menu_link_manager */
$menu_link_manager = \Drupal::service('plugin.manager.menu.link');
$menu_links = $menu_link_manager->loadLinksByRoute('entity.node.canonical', array('node' => $node_id));
// Reset collection by retrieving the first item.
$menu_link = reset($menu_links);
// Now call the parent method.
$parent = $menu_link->getParent();
  • thanks for your answer, appreciate it. Now I'm getting a new error: Error: Call to a member function getParent() on bool. Do you have a second idea?
    – supersize
    Commented Nov 17, 2020 at 14:56
  • 1
    Seems like it has to do with that reset() returns false if the array is empty.
    – supersize
    Commented Nov 17, 2020 at 15:01
  • I think you are right about that. I guess you first need to double check that it is indeed returning an array of objects and not an empty array.
    – baikho
    Commented Nov 17, 2020 at 15:03
  • 1
    got it working, thanks for the answer, the reset() helped.
    – supersize
    Commented Nov 17, 2020 at 15:33

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