I am creating a node and a path alias roughly as follows:

$node = (object) array( 'type' => 'article');
$node_wrapper = entity_metadata_wrapper('node', $node);
// ... some more fields get set here...
$node_wrapper->title->set( 'Foo' );

// Set the path
$path = array(
  'source' => "node/$node->nid",
  'alias' => "foo/bar",

The node is created OK, and the path seems to be created OK, too. I can type foo/bar in as the path and I see the new blank page. However when I edit that page, the Path Alias is blank?!

I have pathauto installed - could this be something to do with it? Nb. when I edit the page the "Generate path automatically" pathauto checkbox is not checked (which is what I'd expect).

1 Answer 1


Inspecting the differences in the node table, I noticed that the node created by my code had an empty language field. Updating this to "und" fixed the node alias.

This makes sense, because path_save() defaults to LANGUAGE_NONE (i.e. "und").

I had assumed that node_prepare would do likewise, but it does not.

So the solution is to set $node->language = LANGUAGE_NONE; at the point of creation.

Also, this is an easier way to create the alias...

$node->path = array('alias' => $path, 'pathauto' => FALSE);
  • Using $node = entity_create('node', array('type' => 'article')); should take care of the language thing. Off the top of my head I can't remember if it also takes care of the node_object_prepare().
    – mpdonadio
    Commented Jun 20, 2014 at 17:22
  • Ours is a multilingual site so certainly have to select English for it and still seeing this issue
    – pal4life
    Commented Sep 5, 2014 at 21:23

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