I understand that entity_uri() generates a uri for a profied entity


However, is it possible to go the other way? is there a function in drupal to pass a system uri and see if it's an entity? and then return the entity object?

  • The only function that returns an object from a path is menu_get_object(), but it requires that you know the type of the object being returned, and where in the path the object ID is put. It is also a generic function that could return an object that is not an entity.
    – apaderno
    Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 16:27

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I'm afraid there's nothing (existing at least) that will do that, the URI function is provided by the module implementing the entity (in hook_entity_info()) and the method within that function is completely transparent to Drupal...the core entity module doesn't give modules the chance to implement a function that reverses the process, nor does it store how the conversion was made.

Because of this I don't think a fully generic function is possible, however you could do it on a type-by-type basis:

$uri = entity_uri('node', $entity);
if (preg_match('/node\/([0-9+])/', $uri, $matches)) {
  $entity2 = entity_load('node', array($matches[1]));

You could then extract that logic to build a slightly more generic function based on the known attributes of your Drupal installation...it's not a pretty way to do it though, I'd love to hear a different solution to this.

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