I have a vocabulary (Vehicle) which contains the following taxonomy terms.

  • Maruti
    • Alto
    • Swift
    • Baleno
    • Barazza
  • Hundai
    • I10
    • I20
    • Creta
  • Tata
    • Nexon
    • Safari
    • Nano

I want to get only the parent taxonomy terms: Maruti, Hundai, and Tata.

I tried the following code, but it doesn't return the expected values.

$parent = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage('taxonomy_term')->loadParents($termId);

Also the following code didn't work for me.

$parents = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage('taxonomy_term')->loadAllParents('termid');
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1 Answer 1


The methods you are mentioning accept as argument a term ID and return parents of this term.

You can use loadTree() providing the vocabulary name and for the second argument 0 to load the entire tree, but only for one level (third argument):

$terms = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()
  ->getStorage('taxonomy_term')->loadTree('vehicle', 0, 1, TRUE);

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