I have created a custom entity as follow:

Here is an extract of my entity definition in modules/custom/bank_operation/src/Entity/BankOperation.php


1- As you can see, I have changed the value of the views_data key

2- The operation_date base field have the datetime type

 * @ContentEntityType(
 *   id = "bank_operation",
 *     "views_data" = "Drupal\bank_operation\BankOperationViewsData",
class BankOperation extends ContentEntityBase implements BankOperationInterface {

  public static function baseFieldDefinitions(EntityTypeInterface $entity_type) {

    $fields['operation_date'] = BaseFieldDefinition::create('datetime')
      ->setLabel(t("Operation date"))
        'datetime_type' => DateTimeItem::DATETIME_TYPE_DATE,


Here is an extract of my overrode EntityViewsData in modules/custom/bank_operation/src/BankOperationViewsData.php

This class is used according to the value of the views_data key. This is my attempt to allow a view to filter on the operation_date field

class BankOperationViewsData extends EntityViewsData {

  public function getViewsData() {
    $data = parent::getViewsData();
    $data['bank_operation']['operation_date']['filter'] = [
      'id' => 'datetime',
      'field' => 'operation_date',
      'table' => 'bank_operation',
      'field_name' => 'operation_date',
      'entity_type' => 'bank_operation',
    return $data;


After that, I have created a view to display my BankOperation entities with an exposed filter on the operation_date field.

Here is the error produced when using this filter (I don't understand why ViewsYearFilterDatetime is called)

Exception: DateTime object not set. in Drupal\Component\Datetime\DateTimePlus->__call() (line 360 of core/lib/Drupal/Component/Datetime/DateTimePlus.php). 

Drupal\datetime\Plugin\views\filter\Date->opSimple() (Line: 63)
Drupal\views_year_filter\Plugin\views\filter\ViewsYearFilterDatetime->opSimple() (Line: 330)
Drupal\views\Plugin\views\filter\NumericFilter->query() (Line: 1373)
Drupal\views\ViewExecutable->_build() (Line: 1262)
Drupal\views\ViewExecutable->build() (Line: 390)
Drupal\views\Plugin\views\display\PathPluginBase->execute() (Line: 180)
Drupal\views\Plugin\views\display\Page->execute() (Line: 1630)
Drupal\views\ViewExecutable->executeDisplay() (Line: 77)

I know that there are other questions like this one, but none of them are providing a detailed answer (only links).

I have setup my question to allow people who are facing the same issue to quickly find a path to solve it.


As there are so many difficulties with base fields (sorting, displaying, filter etc in views), I decided to remove all of them and I re-created them back in the field UI.

To allow this, I set fieldable = TRUE, and field_ui_base_route = some_path in the annotations of my entity. This is of course poor design because each field will create a table on its own but I had no time to spend on this...

Feel free to provide a better answer... I think we need a real how-to to provide the same functionalities we have for fields created in UI then for base fields

Edit to add: I have created an issue to create an help item on this topic: https://www.drupal.org/project/drupal/issues/3213021

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