I want to create a views field plugin. At the moment, I just want to display "Hello world".

I have a custom module "lazy_admin".

This is lazy_admin.info.yml

name: 'lazy_admin'
type: module
description: 'Misc code'
package: Custom
core_version_requirement: ^10
  - drupal:views

This is my views plugin class OpenTickets.php (web/modules/custom/lazy_admin/src/Plugin/views/field/OpenTickets.php)


namespace Drupal\lazy_admin\Plugin\views\field;

use Drupal\views\Plugin\views\field\FieldPluginBase;
use Drupal\views\ResultRow;

 * @ViewsField("open_tickets")
class OpenTickets extends FieldPluginBase {

   * Defines how the field is displayed.
   * @param ResultRow $values
   * @return mixed|string
  public function render(ResultRow $values) {
    return $this->t('Hello world');

When I enable the module and clear the cache, I expect to be able to select the plugin in the views UI here (I'm using gin admin theme):

Image of views UI

But I cannot find the new field anywhere.

I'm probably missing something obvious, or fundamentally misunderstanding something.

I'm using Drupal 10.2 & PHP 8.2.

  • 1
    It's a bit more complicated than that - so far you've created a field handler, not a field. Next step is to assign that handler to one or more fields; exactly how you do that depends on the desired outcome and what the data relates to. What is "open tickets" at its core? Does it represent a field on a content type? Or is it "virtual", e.g. a bundling of data from a few different fields? Or is to more higher-level than that; generic to any entity type, or maybe just a single global value without context?
    – Clive
    Commented May 28 at 12:40
  • Thanks for your comment. It cleared a lot of things up. It seems there was something fundamental I was missing (what you said).
    – Hodgekins
    Commented May 28 at 14:24

1 Answer 1


You have to add the field to views data:

 * Implements hook_views_data_alter().
function mymodule_views_data_alter(&$data) {
  $data['views']['open_tickets'] = [
    'title' => t('Open Tickets'),
    'help' => t('Display open tickets.'),
    'field' => [
      'id' => 'open_tickets',

Use $data['views'] to add a global field. Replace 'views' with the entity type ID if you want to add the field to a specific entity.

  • Thank you! This is working as expected now. I also had to override query() in my class with an empty method.
    – Hodgekins
    Commented May 28 at 14:24

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