function mymodule_get_nodes_by_user_referencing_nid($type, $userid, $referncenid) {
    return node_load_multiple(array(), array('type' => $type, 'uid' => $userid, ??? => ???));

I need a function that lists nodes by following this logic: give me all nodes of a given type which are created by a given user and which have a node reference field referencing a given node id.

Any ideas about such function (in PHP, not in Views) )?

2 Answers 2


This code assumes you're using the entityreference module using field name "field_reference":

$query = new EntityFieldQuery();
$query->entityCondition('entity_type', 'node');
$query->propertyCondition('type', $type);
$query->propertyCondition('uid', $userid);
$query->fieldCondition('field_reference', 'target_id', $referenceid);
$result = $query->execute();

$nodes = array();
if (!empty($result['node'])) {
  $nodes = node_load_multiple(array_keys($result['node']));

The EntityFieldQuery class was made for just that:

$query = new EntityFieldQuery();
$query->entityCondition('entity_type', 'node')
  ->entityCondition('bundle', $type)
  ->properyCondition('uid', $user_id)
  ->fieldCondition('field_name_of_field', 'target_id', $nid);

$results = $query->execute();

if (!empty($results['node'])) {
  $nodes = node_load_multiple(array_keys($results['node']));

Note that target_id is the name of the column for an Entity Reference field; if you're using the References module it will be nid instead.


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