I am writing an Android app which is creating Drupal nodes remotely. I am creating these nodes via a straight php form. But now I need to create Nodes which are node_references of the main node. Usually in order to do this you will need the entity ID of the main node before you can create a node reference.

Creating the second node as a reference should be easy as it is just an extra field with a reference value in it. The problem is, once the App creates the main node, I need the entity ID to be returned to the App so that the value can be used to create the other referenced node.

How do I get the entity ID back as a return value after node creation?

or... am I thinking about this all wrong :)

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If you are using the entity api to create and save your entity its fairly easy:

// Create the node and wrap it in entity metadata wrapper
$node_create = entity_create('node', array('type' => 'my_content_type'):
$node_wrapper = entity_metadata_wrapper('node', $node_create);

$node_wrapper->title->value("My Title"); // Set the title
$node_wrapper->save(); // Node is now saved
$node_nid = $node_wrapper->getIdentifier(); // We now have the nid

// Doing the same thing here except adding the reference
$node_create2 = entity_create('node', array('type' => 'my_other_content_type'):
$node_wrapper2 = entity_metadata_wrapper('node', $node_create2);

$node_wrapper2->title->value("My referenced title");

  • looks great. I had no idea that getIdentifier existed. sure would have been nice for other projects. Thanks
    – Cybergei
    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:50
  • NP. I always try to use entity api for CRUD operations on any entities. The other option is to use a hook_node_insert which in my opinion is not efficient and would involve creating other nodes after the insert. Aug 4, 2014 at 14:29
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    nah when sending from a mobile device to the Drupal server, I try to keep it as simply as possible. Thanks for the help guy
    – Cybergei
    Aug 4, 2014 at 16:15

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