I am calling node_load() function in a custom module and it returns only part of the variables like title, uid, vid, status (all the meta), but it never returns actual field contents. I tried node_page_view(), tried menu_get_object() - all in vain, no field values.

What am I doing wrong? Is this because maybe my module is calling node_load() too early before the saving node, but then how it has already $node->title, $node->nid and other values? If they are some kind of prepared values, then how can I get the same prepared value for a custom field?

And here is the code from the Community documentation page Sending Notification Messages that I am using in my module:

 * Implements hook_node_insert().
function foo_node_insert($node) {

  $message = message_create('foo_message_type', array('uid' => $node->uid));

  $wrapper = entity_metadata_wrapper('message', $message);

  $options = array(
     'rendered fields' => array(
       'message_notify_email_subject' => 'field_rendered_subject',
       'message_notify_email_body' => 'field_rendered_body',

  message_notify_send_message($message, $options);

and it works just fine for the message subject, however for some reason I can't get node body to be mailed properly.

I tried to see the content of the $node variable in the following code from example module:

elseif (isset($message['params']['message_entity']->field_node_ref)) {
    // This is a node.
    $nid = $message['params']['message_entity']->field_node_ref[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['target_id'];
    $node = node_load($nid);
    $messageid_params['uid'] = $node->uid;
    $messageid_params['nid'] = $node->nid;
    $messageid_params['cid'] = 0;
    $messageid_params['time'] = $node->created;
    if (variable_get('mailcomment_alter_subjects', 1)) {
      $subject = $message['subject'];
      $subject = variable_get('site_name', '') ? '[' . variable_get('site_name', '') . '] ' . $node->title : $subject;
      $message['subject'] = $subject;

and unfortunately my custom node field always returns empty:

field_description (Array, 0 elements)
  • hook_node_insertis invoked from node_save() after the database query that will insert the node into the node table is scheduled for execution, after the type-specific hook_insert() is invoked, and after field_attach_insert() is called. Therefore, the node is already created. Is there a way that you can show your code?
    – Gulok
    Jul 30, 2016 at 3:14
  • You should show the code you are using. node_load() loads the values from the database, but it stores the value in a temporary cache too. I have never seen the behaviour you are seeing, thought.
    – apaderno
    Jul 30, 2016 at 3:58

2 Answers 2


All that I needed to do was using

$node = node_load($nid, null, true);

instead of just

$node = node_load($nid);

and now the node is loading as expected.




from the Hook Post Action module. It loads field values always by Entity metadata wrappers.

  • Thanks for the idea, but I don't see how can I use that function in my example. My module does not create a node, it just retrieves node information from $message variable. Please see drupal.org/node/2180227
    – Nick
    Jul 30, 2016 at 12:02

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