7 field.crud.inc field_delete_field($field_name)

Marks a field and its instances and data for deletion.


$field_name: The field name to delete.

Related topics

9 calls to field_delete_field()
comment_uninstall in modules/comment/comment.install
Implements hook_uninstall().
FieldCrudTestCase::testDeleteField in modules/field/tests/field.test
Test the deletion of a field.
field_delete_instance in modules/field/field.crud.inc
Marks a field instance and its data for deletion.
FileFieldValidateTestCase::testFileExtension in modules/file/tests/file.test
Tests file extension checking.
FileFieldValidateTestCase::testFileMaxSize in modules/file/tests/file.test
Tests the max file size validator.

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modules/field/field.crud.inc, line 411
Field CRUD API, handling field and field instance creation and deletion.


function field_delete_field($field_name) {
  // Delete all non-deleted instances.
  $field = field_info_field($field_name);
  if (isset($field['bundles'])) {
    foreach ($field['bundles'] as $entity_type => $bundles) {
      foreach ($bundles as $bundle) {
        $instance = field_info_instance($entity_type, $field_name, $bundle);
        field_delete_instance($instance, FALSE);

  // Mark field data for deletion.
  module_invoke($field['storage']['module'], 'field_storage_delete_field', $field);

  // Mark the field for deletion.
    ->fields(array('deleted' => 1))
    ->condition('field_name', $field_name)

  // Clear the cache.

  module_invoke_all('field_delete_field', $field);


Use field_purge_batch() to actually delete the field.

Thumb up mate;)

Use field_purge_batch() to actually delete the field.

Or run cron manually.

cron didn't do the trick; field_purge_batch() did.

Same here, drush cron did not work but field_purge_batch(100) did.

Is there any way to confirm deletion?

You can confirm the field has been deleted by looking at: