I'm creating a few custom classes that extend FieldItemList and they need some services injected.

I've had a look at core classes that extend that class and none of them do dependency injection, they all call \Drupal::service().

Is there a way to inject services here or should I follow the core pattern?

  • No, there is still no way to inject services and you have to use the static service wrapper. See this comment and the linked issue drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/224247/…
    – 4uk4
    Commented Apr 5, 2022 at 16:35
  • Does this answer your question? How do I inject a dependency into a @FieldType plugin?
    – leymannx
    Commented Apr 5, 2022 at 16:52
  • FieldItemList isn't a field type plugin strictly speaking, but it sounds like the same thing applies. I'm going to wrap the services I need in my own service so I only have to call the service wrapper once.
    – Lambic
    Commented Apr 5, 2022 at 16:59

1 Answer 1


The field type plugin manager instantiates both, FieldItem and FieldItemList via the typed data manager:


  public function createFieldItemList(FieldableEntityInterface $entity, $field_name, $values = NULL) {
    // Leverage prototyping of the Typed Data API for fast instantiation.
    return $this->typedDataManager->getPropertyInstance($entity->getTypedData(), $field_name, $values);

  public function createFieldItem(FieldItemListInterface $items, $index, $values = NULL) {
    // Leverage prototyping of the Typed Data API for fast instantiation.
    return $this->typedDataManager->getPropertyInstance($items, $index, $values);

To be able to inject services you need to wait until this issue Allow typed data plugins to receive injected dependencies is resolved.

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