Is there a single, unified method in Drupal 7 to get the last revision id for any given entity object? If so, what is that method?

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I think entity_extract_ids() is the quickest you'll get:

Helper function to extract id, vid, and bundle name from an entity.


list($nid, $vid, $bundle) = entity_extract_ids('node', $some_node);
  • My issue with this is that it gives the next revision of an item. I'm looking for the last revision stored in the database. Commented Mar 17, 2014 at 17:00
  • That will give you the current revision ID, which by normal definition is the last in the database - what are you looking for if not the current revision?
    – Clive
    Commented Mar 17, 2014 at 17:45
  • Well obvioulsy you're right :) I was doing something really dumb. Commented Mar 17, 2014 at 22:30
  • A minor clarification. When you call entity_extract_ids in hook_entity_update, $vid will be equal to the new revision of the entity. So, while this answer is technically correct, you might be using logic in hook_entity_update that acts as if the new entity revision id has not been determined yet, when in fact it already has. A better name for hook_entity_update might be hook_entity_updated... Commented Aug 19, 2014 at 20:20

Calling {entity_type}_load for any entity will load the most recent version (caution - see comment below)

For example for a node calling node_load(1) will load the most recent version of that node.

The revision id will be found in the vid property.

$node = node_load(1); // load the most recent version of node with id 1
$most_recent_version_id = $node->vid; // this is where you find the version id

Or for a user:

$user = user_load(1);
$most_recent_version_id = $user->vid; // this users version id
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    This is not quite true node_load(1) will load the published version of the node. Which might not necessarily be the most recent. Commented Nov 7, 2016 at 15:46
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    Great point @DavidCoote
    – Felix Eve
    Commented Nov 10, 2016 at 4:10
$nid = 1;
$vid = db_query('SELECT vid FROM {node_revision} WHERE nid = :nid ORDER BY vid DESC LIMIT 0,1', array(':nid' => $nid))->fetchField();
$oNode = node_load($nid, $vid);

The above code will load the latest revision for NID 1 ($nid = 1, in this case) by finding the highest node_revision.vid. It then loads that revision into $oNode.

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    Though this may be an answer to the question, please include some explanation of what the code does. Commented Mar 20, 2017 at 16:02

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