The main goal is to create product & product display using drupal 7 & drupal commerce when a user with a certain role add a new field collection.

What I'm trying to do is when a new field collection is added :

  • access host entity fields and retrieve some datas
  • do some custom stuff
  • update 1 value of a field collection which is a field reference to product

Steps followed :

  • I'm using hook_field_collection_item_insert to access newly created field collection.
  • I call a function which create a product (using commerce modules suites). Above steps works just fine.
  • Then I call a function that update the current field collection field by adding a value which is a reference of product created in function my-module-create_product().

$fc_wrapper->save(TRUE); is failling to save with the following error :

Exception: Unable to save a field collection item without a valid reference to a host entity in FieldCollectionItemEntity->save() (line 520 of ../mysite.local/docroot/sites/all/modules/contrib/field_collection/field_collection.module)

I've done some search so far without any success.

I can't figure out the fix for this, some direction or any information that will help to solve this issue will be much appreciated.

Below a simplified code that I'm using :

function my_module_field_collection_item_insert($field_collection_item) {

    $item_id = $field_collection_item->item_id;

    //Check the field collection bundle & if it's just have been created
    if ($field_collection_item->field_name == 'field_my_field_collection' && $field_collection_item->is_new == TRUE) {

        //Access host entity
        $node_wrapper = field_collection_item_get_host_entity($field_collection_item);

        //Do custom stuff with host entity fields 
        //set $product_type, $price, $extras values 

        //Call a function that create product
        $product = my_module_create_product($product_type, $price, $extras);

        //Product creadted 
        if ($product) {

            $product_display = my_module_create_product_display($product, $item_id);

        } else {
            throw new Exception('Product creation as failed...');

//Function that create product
function my_module_create_product($product_type, $price, $extras) {
    //create product 
    return $created_product;

//Function that create product display
function my_module_create_product_display($product, $item_id) {

    //Note that loading existing field collection here works but it not what I need
    //Loading created field collection
    $fc_wrapper = entity_metadata_wrapper('field_collection_item', $item_id);

    if ($fc_wrapper) {

        if ($fc_wrapper->field_product_ref->value() == NULL) {

            //Setting product reference 

            //Only need to save the current field collection

            //I've tried bellow still don't work either
            return $fc_wrapper->getIdentifier();

        } else {    
            //Product display already exist 
            return FALSE; 
    } else {
        throw new Exception('Exception... ');
  • You need something like $fc_wrapper->value()->setHostEntity('node', $node);, where 'node' is the entity type the FC should be attached to, and $node is the entity itself
    – Clive
    Oct 6, 2015 at 17:17
  • Thank you @Clive for the quick response but unfortunately this doesn't work. It's throw an exception : Exception: The host entity may be set only during creation of a field collection item. in FieldCollectionItemEntity->setHostEntity() (line 330 of ../my_site.local/docroot/sites/all/modules/contrib/field_collection/field_collection.module The api says this 'Sets the host entity. Only possible during creation of a item. My item is already created and linked to the host entity as I can access hostEntity fields and play with. Any other suggestion are welcome. thanks
    – funkyD
    Oct 6, 2015 at 22:28
  • Anyone to help on this ?
    – funkyD
    Oct 8, 2015 at 8:32

1 Answer 1


You can only set the host entity while creating the field collection item (as your exception also states).

What you can do however is use $fc_wrapper->value()->updateHostEntity('node', $node); before you save the $fc_wrapper. For that to work you will first have to load your host entity node of course (node_load() will suffice).

Hopefully this gets you on your way.


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