I added a number of fields to a node content type in Drupal 8. I want to create a custom form and add the field widget form (the one used during node creation) to this form. How can I achieve this?

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Answering my own question, I ended up using the following:

//Create an empty representative entity
$node = \Drupal::service('entity_type.manager')->getStorage('node')->create(array(
                'type' => 'article'

//Get the EntityFormDisplay (i.e. the default Form Display) of this content type
$entity_form_display = \Drupal::service('entity_type.manager')->getStorage('entity_form_display')

$form['#parents'] = []; // Mandatory, otherwise the widget class throws an error

//Get the body field widget and add it to the form
if ($widget = $entity_form_display->getRenderer('body')) { //Returns the widget class
  $items = $node->get('body'); //Returns the FieldItemsList interface
  $form['body'] = $widget->form($items, $form, $form_state); //Builds the widget form and attach it to your form
  $form['body']['#access'] = $items->access('edit');

see EntityFormDisplay::buildForm

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    $form['#parents'] needs to be set to something or you'll get an exception - an empty array will do.
    – George
    Jan 18, 2018 at 6:39
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    I can confirm that it does not work without setting $form['#parents'] = array(); beforehand. Maybe add this to your answer? Mar 30, 2018 at 18:55
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    I'm using this for a field on a node where the user doesn't have permission to edit the node. It's specifically a paragraph field and it is not being fully shown in the custom form. How can I alter the permission so the user has full access to the field, or do I need to allow them to edit the node? Feb 28, 2019 at 16:28

Also you can use this code

$entity = \Drupal::entityManager()->getStorage('node')->create([
        'type' => 'article'
$form_state->set('node', $entity );       
$form_display = EntityFormDisplay::collectRenderDisplay($entity, 'default');
$form_display->buildForm($entity, $form, $form_state);

I found this solution here

  • Drupal::entityManager() is deprecated and shouldn't be used. This comment is for people who want to make the code work for Drupal 8.9/ 9 Jun 29, 2020 at 17:03

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