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I want to change the value of a field for a node.I used the following code:


$node = node_load($nid); // $nid is the function's parameter
$node->field['field_myfield'][$node->language][0]['value'] = 1;
node_save($node);

The problem is $node->language returns es while in print_r($node) it's und. Why $node->language is different from what's in $node array and how can I get it?

5 Answers 5

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$node = node_load($nid);
$node_wrapper = entity_metadata_wrapper('node', $node);
$node_wrapper->field_myfield->set(1);
$node_wrapper->save();

Entity metadata wrapper is a great way for set or read values of fields in the node!

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  • I prefer entity_metadata_wrapper bc it does make things nice and clean. I would include a check for whether $node exists after the node_load() to avoid a nasty error when inadvertently passing NULL into entity_metadata_wrapper(). May 8, 2014 at 3:44
  • You can directly pass the $nid to EMW.
    – nawfal
    Feb 4, 2016 at 22:21
  • using entity_metadata_wrapper should be the accepted answer.
    – akalata
    Feb 21, 2016 at 19:08
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    In case it's not obvious to others, entity_metadata_wrapper() is part of the Entity API module: drupal.org/project/entity
    – BWPanda
    Mar 21, 2016 at 23:11
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Try field_attach_update() function.

$node = node_load($nid); // $nid is the function's parameter
$node->field['field_myfield'][LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'] = 1;
field_attach_update('node', $node);

It will update the field's value and it performs better than node_save.

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    why field_attach_update is downvoted?
    – milkovsky
    Feb 22, 2016 at 16:30
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$node = node_load($nid); 
$field_language = field_language('node', $node, 'field_myfield');
$node->field['field_myfield'][$field_language][0]['value'] = 1;
node_save($node);
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If you want to update only field value (without updating node metadata about updated time, revisions) use function field_attach_update().

Example:

$node = node_load($nid);
$field_language = field_language('node', $node, 'field_myfield');
$node->field_fieldname[$field_language][0]['value'] = 'some value';
field_attach_update('node', $node);

Sometimes additionally you might need to reset node static cache with resetCache(array($nid)):

entity_get_controller('node')->resetCache(array($node->nid));

Source: Saving node's fields without saving the node itself

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I have just implemented this and found that this code worked for me.

$node = node_load($nid); 
if (isset($node)) {
  $field_language = field_language('node', $node, 'field_myfield');
  $node->field_fieldname[$field_language][0]['value'] = 'some value';
  node_save($node);
}

Note that I when updating field_fieldname I found that using this in line 4

$node->field['field_myfield'][0]['value'] = 'some value';

did not work.

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