D7. Using the File Field Rules module, I am trying to copy the content of the image field of the user's account ("picture") to another image field ("field_node_image") in the same user's image gallery (each user has his own photo gallery.)

The purpose of this is for when a user uploads a picture to his account profile, a copy of it is also posted in his image gallery along with all the other pictures he may post there (displayed via Views.)

The module requires the selection of a source entity and a destination entity. Then a field is chosen from each entity.

I am making the event react upon updating the user's account, so that gives me access to the "account" selector for the source entity where the module finds the "picture" field.

But I need help in finding the destination selector. This, evidently, should be a node since the gallery is a content type. It also has to be a node that belongs to the user. But all base selectors I have begin by "site" or "account."

Can anyone help me find this second selector?

Thanks. :)


I think you need to add some more stuff in that Rule; namely, following from your explanation, you need to:

  1. "Create a new entity": Create a new node in an action, before the image-copying action. This new entity is a Gallery-type node.
  2. Use the "entity_created" variable as the destination entity.

That should be enough to accomplish your goal, hope this helped some!

Appendix A: An export of such a Rule that worked.

{ "rules_196457" : {
    "LABEL" : "196457",
    "PLUGIN" : "reaction rule",
    "OWNER" : "rules",
    "REQUIRES" : [ "rules", "file_rules" ],
    "ON" : { "user_update" : [] },
    "IF" : [
      { "NOT data_is_empty" : { "data" : [ "account:field-user-image:file" ] } },
      { "NOT data_is" : {
          "data" : [ "account:field-user-image:file" ],
          "value" : [ "account-unchanged:field-user-image:file" ]
    "DO" : [
      { "entity_create" : {
          "USING" : {
            "type" : "node",
            "param_type" : "article",
            "param_title" : "New pic for [account:name] | [site:current-date]",
            "param_author" : [ "account" ]
          "PROVIDE" : { "entity_created" : { "new_article" : "Created entity" } }
      { "file_rules_copy_file" : {
          "source_entity" : [ "account" ],
          "source_field" : "field_user_image",
          "destination_entity" : [ "new-article" ],
          "destination_field" : "field_image",
          "remove_source" : "0"
      { "drupal_message" : { "message" : "A new Article has been created with the new user\u0027s image" } }

Appendix B: An screenshot of the Rules UI

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  • Interesting logic, I wouldn't have figured it out by myself. When the action creates the entity, the picture in it does not show, just an empty placeholder. Is there something else I should add? – user14666 Mar 31 '16 at 0:38
  • You need two actions, right? First creates the gallery node entity, second one copies the image from user into the new entity. Did you set it up like this? – Stefanos Petrakis Mar 31 '16 at 7:48
  • Sorry for late answer. I need to fix other rules issues before I tackle this one. Will revert soon. Thanks for your patience. – user14666 Apr 5 '16 at 2:41
  • Good to hear you are still on this. Looking forward to an update. Thanks for the ping! – Stefanos Petrakis Apr 5 '16 at 17:04
  • I am about to give up on this thing. Creating a new entity works but doesn't name a field to have a photo inside. So I had to add an action "set data value" to the created entity field taking the field from the user's picture. That worked. But I still can't copy the content of the new field to the gallery (1) it appears the module doesn't work and (2) outside the module, I still can't find the right selector to copy the image field to. So it's back to square one. Thanks anyway. – user14666 Apr 7 '16 at 22:56

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