I know that I can programmatically create a user using the following code, in Drupal 7.

$new_user = array(
  'name' => $name,
  'pass' => $sifra, // note: do not md5 the password
  'mail' => $email,
  'status' => 1,
  'init' => $email,
  'roles' => array(
    DRUPAL_AUTHENTICATED_RID => 'authenticated user',
    3 => 'custom role',

// The first parameter is sent blank so a new user is created.
user_save('', $new_user);

What is the equivalent code in Drupal 8?


You should use the suiting entity class. In case of a user it would be Drupal\user\Entity\Userand you can use it as follows:

  'name' => $name,
  'pass' => $sifra,

Make sure to check the "Create" section on this documentation page https://www.drupal.org/node/2124403

  • can I use this code in custom module ? – logeshvaran Jun 6 '17 at 14:42
  • Sure, this is standard code and therefor not protected by any copyright ;) – alexej_d Jun 6 '17 at 15:38
entity_create('user', [
  'name' => $name,
  'pass' => $password,
  'mail' => $mail,
  'init' => $mail,
  'status' => $status,
  'roles' => $roles
  • entity_create() is deprecated in favor of the Entity::create() methods. – mpdonadio Dec 31 '15 at 12:45
  • Yes indeed. But just FYI sometimes the entity type is unknown so entity_* methods are the way to go. But using \Drupal::entityManager()->getStorage($entity_type)->create() does the same trick...although it is no DI-correct solution. – user21641 Dec 31 '15 at 13:20
  • 1
    One can't create an entity without knowing the type, and in your example you gave the type of 'user'. The DI-correct version is just to inject the entity_type.manager service (I don't recall if that's its exact name) and then do what you said re. getStorage($entity_type)->create. btw, entity.manager is also deprecated. drupal.org/node/2549139 – wizonesolutions Jan 2 '16 at 9:05

For beyond Drupal 8.3.


use Drupal\user\Entity\User;

// Create user object.
$user = User::create();

//Mandatory settings
$user->setUsername("username"); //This username must be unique and accept only a-Z,0-9, - _ @ .
$user->addRole('role_name'); //E.g: authenticated

To Set custom field values

$user->set("field_machine_name", 'value');       

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