Drupal: Creating a Computed Entity Field


An example of creating a calculated field “Age” for materials, which will return the number of seconds elapsed since the node was added. The value will not be stored in the database, but will be calculated the first time it is accessed.

  1. Create field class:
// src/ComputedNodeAgeFieldItemList.php

namespace Drupal\MODULENAME;

use Drupal\Core\Field\FieldItemList;
use Drupal\Core\TypedData\ComputedItemListTrait;
use Drupal\node\NodeInterface;

class ComputedNodeAgeFieldItemList extends FieldItemList {

  use ComputedItemListTrait;

   * {@inheritdoc}
  protected function computeValue() {
    $node = $this->getEntity(); /** @var NodeInterface $node */
    $node_age = \Drupal::time()->getCurrentTime() - $node->getCreatedTime();
    $this->list[0] = $this->createItem(0, $node_age);


2. Add field to nodes:

// MODULENAME.module

use Drupal\computed_field_example\ComputedNodeAgeFieldItemList;
use Drupal\Core\Entity\EntityTypeInterface;
use Drupal\Core\Field\BaseFieldDefinition;

 * Implements hook_entity_base_field_info().
function MODULENAME_entity_base_field_info(EntityTypeInterface $entity_type): ?array {
  if ($entity_type->id() == 'node') {
    $fields['age'] = BaseFieldDefinition::create('integer')
      ->setDisplayConfigurable('view', TRUE)
      ->setDisplayOptions('view', [
        'type' => 'number_integer',

    return $fields;

  return NULL;

3. Clear the cache.

After that, you can access the field in the standard way:

$age = $node->get('age')->value;

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