At the time when a new user is created, I want programmatically to create a new node (of some defined type) and make him the owner of that node.

How can I do this in Drupal 7 ?

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It is correct that you need to implement hook_user_insert(). The code that needs to be implemented is different from the code you would implement in Drupal 6 because the node body is a field, in Drupal 7 (see Field API).

The implementation of hook_user_insert() should be similar to the following.

function mymodule_user_insert(&$edit, $account, $category) {
  $body_text = 'This is the text contained in the node body.'; // [1]
  $node = new stdClass();
  $node->type = 'article';  // [1]

  $node->language = LANGUAGE_NONE;

  $node->body[$node->language][0]['value']   = $body_text;
  $node->body[$node->language][0]['summary'] = text_summary($body_text);
  $node->body[$node->language][0]['format']  = 'filtered_html';

  $node->title    = 'Node Created Programmatically on ' . date('c'); // [1]
  $node->uid      = $account->uid;

  $path = 'content/programmatically_created_node_' . date('YmdHis'); // [1]
  $node->path = array('alias' => $path);


The lines marked with [1] are the parts that you need to personalize.


This is done pretty much as Drupal 6. Create an object with the required values, and use node_save. This should all happen in hook_user op insert:

module_user_insert(&$edit, $account, $category) {
  $node = new stdClass();
  $node->title = 'title'
  $node->uid = $account->uid;

You will need to create a new node inside an implementation of hook_user_insert.

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