In Drupal 8, how can I create content programmatically ? From the "Drupal 8" administration, I created a new type "House" (contain a description, an image, a reference field to users ...). How can I create a entity type "House" from a custom module ?

In my custom module, I have a form file (contain a class who extends FormBase). In the submit callback, I want create a new "house" and set values and save the new Entity.

I don't find examples on the web, in core...

  • Your second question "How can I create a entity type 'House'?" is a little confusing. I think the question is "How can I create a node of the node type "House" from a custom module?" The ambiguity stems from the use of "entity type" which has a very specific meaning in Drupal and the question could be "How can I create a custom entity type called 'House' from a custom module?" or "How can I create a custom entity which uses the bundle 'House'"?
    – mradcliffe
    Nov 5 '15 at 14:13

Here's a simple example of creating a node in Drupal 8.

$data = [
  'type' => 'article', 
  'title' => 'My new title', 
  'uid' => 1
$node = Drupal::entityTypeManager()

Updated to remove deprecated function as per comments from @mradcliffe. Thanks!

FYI, for testing out little snippets of code like this, the drush core-cli command works great. See: http://www.drushcommands.com/drush-7x/core/core-cli

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    Before the save, with the entityManager, is it possible to know for each field : what type of data must be set ? (text for text field, fid for file etc...) Nov 5 '15 at 20:18
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    The only way I know at the moment is to use another deprecated method, EntityManager::getDefinitions(), but I think if you instantiate an EntityDataDefinition via the static create method you can call getPropertyDefinitions(). Both will return definitions for each property such as title or a field. There is also the getFieldStorageDefinitions() which returns the same thing, but from storage entity (see getStorage('node') above). However this may not be available for non-SQL drivers.
    – mradcliffe
    Nov 5 '15 at 20:46

As of Drupal 8 nodes are now treated as entities. You can simple create a node by the following code

$new_page_values = array();
$new_page_values['type'] = 'my_content_type';
$new_page_values['title'] = $form_state['values']['page_title'];
$new_page_values['path'] = $new_page_path;

$new_page = entity_create('node', $new_page_values);
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    entity_create() is a deprecated method that we should avoid using. Injecting the EntityManager into the Form class or using \Drupal::entityManager are the standard ways of managing entities.
    – mradcliffe
    Nov 5 '15 at 18:35

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