I have a content type with an entity reference field to select a user. Now I would like to render this field in the node template so that the field links to the user profile. I set the format of the field to "Label" in Manage Display and clicked on the gear so the label is linked to the reference entity.

But because I am printing the field programmatically it doesn't seem to work.

Here's what I do in my node template:

$field_user = field_get_items('field_collection_item', $item, 'field_user');
$field_user_output = field_view_value('field_collection_item', $item, 'field_user', $field_user[0]);
print render($field_user_output);

Does anyone know how to do this?

  • This may help with theming field collections, walks through a couple of different ways to accomplish the task: drupal.org/node/1155752 Jan 27, 2015 at 17:38

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If the field is configured to display and available on the node, in node.tpl.php, you should be able to use:

print render($content['field_user']);
  • Thanks for your response. The problem is the entity reference field is part of some nested field collections. So my field structure looks something like this: -Field Collection --Text Field --Field Collection ---Text Field ---Entity Reference field I could probably access the field by doing print render($content['field_first_field_collection']['field_second_field_collection']['field_entity_reference'], but that seems to be an ugly solution. Would there be an easier way?
    – Smos
    Feb 5, 2013 at 8:36

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