How do I change a value, in this case the title field of a node object form, in the preprocess function of the form_alter hook.

$form['actions']['publish']['#submit'][] = MODULE_submit_preprocess';

function MODULE_submit_preprocess($form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {

   $form_state->setValue('title', 'Updated Title'); //not working...

   $fstate = $form_state->getFormObject()->getEntity();

dsm result

stdClass Object
    [__CLASS__] => Drupal\node\Entity\Node
    [in_preview] =>
    [values] => Array
            [title] => Array
                  [x-default] => Array
                         [0] => Array
                             [value] => Old Title
  • In this case, maybe it is better use MODULE_ENTITY_presave() function. After submit and before save in db, Drupal call this function then you can change something in your entity. If you want to change a node, then use MODULE_node_presave(). And will be called when you create and update.
    – Vagner
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 18:19
  • That is a viable answer and accomplishes the task. Commented May 10, 2016 at 18:41

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To change Entities fields its better use MODULE_ENTITY_presave() function (more info in docs).

In this case that you need change a node field use this function:

function hook_node_presave(Drupal\Core\Entity\EntityInterface $entity) {
  $entity->set('title', 'Updated title');
  • Then to change the title before saving to database: $entity->title='Updated Title'; Commented May 10, 2016 at 18:54
  • 1
    I have a utility field, populated via javascript, that was added in the form_alter hook that I use to set the field_date before submitting. The field only exists in $form_state and is not available to hook_presave. So I still need to know how to alter a value in the preprocess callback. I can add the field to the entity, but it would be nice to be able to do it in code. Commented May 11, 2016 at 14:26
  • I think that you can overthinking a problem, maybe there is another way much easier to do what you need. Back to your situation, maybe you can use $fstate that actually is your Node, and use Node::setTitle. In your question shows 'old value' because you just changing FormState object instead your Node.
    – Vagner
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 15:00

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