I am trying something that have been probably discussed already, but I can't seem to find it. I have a node reference field that I would like to use the "Autocomplete field" function with. However, I would like to show an extra (custom) field, not only the Title of the node. Preferably in a comma separated list, like:

TITLE Node 1, custom field TITLE Node 2, custom field


I'm sure this can be done. But I can't seem to find how (and yes.. I'm a beginner I'm affraid).

Thanks a million!

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Instead of using Node Reference (References), I suggest you to use Entity Reference module. It has an option to build the autocomplete options with a view so that you can add other fields.

  • Clean way,I missed it.
    – arpitr
    Oct 14, 2013 at 6:54

Assuming you are using references module for node reference.

You can get better hold of how you can do this looking inside sub-module of references module called "node-references".

you need to check if this idea works for you.

  1. Implement hook_field_widget_form_alter() in your custom module,implementing this hook you can change the callback function which provides autocomplete suggestions.

As in node_refernce.module line number 606 node_reference_field_widget_form() has been implemented so keeping the same workflow you just have to override "value_callback" with your custom function.Lets call you custom as "custom_autocomplete_suggestions()"

  1. Now in your custom function custom_autocomplete_suggestions() copy the code of existing callback function in node_references module.

  2. Clear your caches, check if you getting autocomplete suggestions or not.If so you have overridden it successfully.

  3. Now do tweaks inside your custom_autocomplete_suggestions() to return what you want as suggestions.

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