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Removing a field from a feature

October 14, 2014

So you’ve created a feature, and made it a dependency of your site deployment module, and it contains a field you don’t want.

The problem is: your colleagues have the field installed on their local development machines, and the field is on your dev and prod environment.

What to do?

  • Delete your field from your feature
  • In your hook_update_n(), revert your feature and add the following code:

(code to add:)

$fields_to_delete = array(

$field_instances_to_delete = array(
    'entity_type' => 'node',
    'field_name' => 'field_for_which_to_delete_only_specific_instances',
    'bundle_name' => 'node_type_where_a_field_instance_lives',

foreach ($fields_to_delete as $field_to_delete) {
  if (field_info_field($field_to_delete)) {

foreach ($field_instances_to_delete as $field_instance_to_delete) {
  $instance = field_info_instance($field_instance_to_delete['entity_type'], $field_instance_to_delete['field_name'], $field_instance_to_delete['bundle_name']);
  if ($instance) {