I have an entity that references node and user via nid and uid fields.

I have created an entity around my schema and would like to use it in views. I can create a view based on a new entity that shows fields from the entity.

Now I want to add relationships to node and user so I could pull fields from them. So I want to show fields from related user and node, not my entity bundles.

What's the right way to do this?

  • I cannot post answer to that question, as it was marked as dupe by mistake. I will post solution here - drupal.org/node/1208874. It states that hook_view_data is not the right place to define entity fields for views, EntityDefaultViewsController should be used instead.
    – Bulat
    Mar 8, 2013 at 17:27

2 Answers 2


two solutions:

1)using relation ,relation end field,relation UI

2)using hook_views_data_alter example from commerce module:

function hook_views_data_alter(&$data) {
  // Expose the uid as a relationship to users.
  $data['users']['uc_orders'] = array(
    'title' => t('Orders'),
    'help' => t('Relate a user to the orders they have placed. This relationship will create one record for each order placed by the user.'),
    'relationship' => array(
      'base' => 'uc_orders',
      'base field' => 'uid',
      'relationship field' => 'uid',
      'handler' => 'views_handler_relationship',
      'label' => t('orders'),
  • First option is not an option really as I already have a uid field in my schema. Second option sounds better, but I read somewhere that you are not supposed to use data hooks with entity api.
    – Bulat
    Mar 8, 2013 at 13:20
  • Could not find anything better than the second option and it worked. Tnx!
    – Bulat
    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:19
  • One note on this. If you already have a custom views implementation, this will not work as an hook_alter, you need to add this to your view implementation code. May 28, 2015 at 1:29

Entity API supports this out of the box, but you will have to let it know which entity your data represents. If Entity API encounters a field containing numeric data it will by default assign it the type 'integer'. Just change the type to the right entity type and you can define the relations in Views:

   * Implements hook_entity_property_info_alter().
  function my_entity_entity_property_info_alter(&$info) {
    $info['my_entity']['properties']['nid']['type'] = 'node';
    $info['my_entity']['properties']['uid']['type'] = 'user';
    $info['my_entity']['properties']['tid']['type'] = 'taxonomy_term';

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