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I created a text list field on the user entity. I entered the following for Allowed values list:

apple|A delicious apple
pear|A very delicious pear
orange|A not so delicious orange

I can access the key for the field like this:

$current_user->get('field_list_fruits')->value,

which returns apple. But how do I get the text A delicious apple programmatically?

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Load the field config and look for the key/value pair from the allowed value list?

Much easier though is using the field formatter for this field type OptionsDefaultFormatter:

$build = $user->field_foo->view(['type' => 'list_default']);

What you do with $build depends on the use case. Put it in a render array to be rendered later or

$output = \Drupal::service('renderer')->renderPlain($build);

if you need it now and can't wait until the page is rendered, for example if you want to send an email.

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  • Thanks! In my case, I'm using a custom JSONAPI endpoint to return just the rendered value, so I used $build[0]['#markup']. – Patrick Kenny Mar 24 at 14:19
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    or render only one field item $user->field_foo->get(0)->view(['type' => 'list_default']); – 4k4 Mar 24 at 14:23

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