In my node add form I have added one text area :

function mymodule_form_alter(&$form, $form_state, $form_id) {
    if ($form_id == "contenttype_node_form") {
         if (!isset($node->nid) || isset($node->is_new)) {
             $form['extra']['#title'] = t('Title (Extra)');
             $form['extra']['#type'] = 'textarea';
             $form['extra']['#required'] = TRUE;
             $form['extra']['#cols'] = '15';
             $form['extra']['#resizable'] = FALSE;
             $form['extra']['#rows'] = '5';

             $form['#submit'][] = 'my_trans_submit';


function my_trans_submit(&$form, &$form_state){
  $swed_title = $form['extra']['#value'];

Above code display one textarea just after title field in my node form. I Need the value entered in this text-area when user click on save node and then I want to use that value and save translation by running node save function. I can get this on form submit, but at that time node is not created and nid is not available.

How can I get value entered by the users in the above textarea once the node is saved and the node ID will be available, allowing me to use node_save()? Do I have to use a form field? I was not using a form field as it creates a new entity table.

  • save translation means? what exactly this field using for?
    – vgoradiya
    Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 12:45
  • I need to run this code drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/123460/… by using value entered in textarea. By doing this user will save node and its translation at same time ie: in one node save click by user from from.
    – jas
    Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 12:47
  • In my case I want to use that value $node->field_title['fr'][0]['value'] = $from['extra']['value']; but all other things are also required like nid etc so just need that value after node get saved.
    – jas
    Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 12:52
  • I think I need to use hook_node_insert
    – jas
    Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 12:59
  • As side note, a form submission handler gets the values the user entered from $form_state['values'], not from $form.
    – espero
    Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 23:45

1 Answer 1


Shortly put, you need to do the following:

  • Use hook_form_alter, the way you do already
  • Use hook_node_submit, to update the field_title field on the node object, before it gets saved. In your hook implementation you will have access to both $form and $form_state, which should carry your custom textarea submitted value. Even if the nid is not there, your changes should still get stored in the new node.

Hope this helps!

  • thanks but I need to add $node->translations->data in entity_translation table as well. By default this enter data related to default language when node gets created. So in hook_presave is that will be possible to add like drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/123460/…. Just asking for more clarification, please suggest ?
    – jas
    Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 13:04
  • I updated my answer, I find that hook_node_submit is even better than hook_node_presave, see above. And yes, that code from the link you provide should make it possible to add translations to your entity (node). Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 13:12
  • Grand, happy to hear! Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 21:53

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