I have been using the Group module with D7 for a while, but I always regretted that there was no 'creation date' value for each group. I added a column in my database which fills in that value automatically, but I would like it to be part of the object group so that I can retrieve the value more easily. Ideally I want to be able to do this:

$group = group_load($gid);
$thedate = $group->creation_date;

How should I go about it? Thanks.


Groups are fieldable entities, so you could add a field with a fieldname of, say, creation_date.

And if you'd then use the Rules module, you could create a custom rule like so:

  • Rules Event: After saving a new group.
  • Rules Action: Set a data value, i.e. to set the value of your creation_date field.

Note: If the field (like such creation_date field) does not show up within the Rules Action to be added, you may have to first add a Rules Condition like "Entity has field".

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  • Alternatively, you could implement hook_entity_info_alter and complimentary entity hooks to add creation_date as a property of the entity, – Kevin Sep 23 '16 at 13:22
  • I have created a field as suggested, but in the Rules, it does not show the field (or any other which I had created before for the group). I may need to specifiy that I have two different group types and I have added the field to only one of them. – Pierre_colin Sep 26 '16 at 16:07
  • @Pierre_colin Try adding a Rules Condition like "Entity has field" (for such "creation_date" field). That may help to have that field show up within Rules Actions. – Pierre.Vriens Sep 26 '16 at 16:10
  • Great! this did the trick, but I had to do what you suggested, Pierre, otherwise the Views would not have suggested the field in the first place. – Pierre_colin Sep 27 '16 at 8:10
  • Also, to be noted, I have a rule to set the data value, but actually you can set a default value for the date field to 'now', which would do the same thing as the rule! – Pierre_colin Sep 27 '16 at 8:11

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