Drupal 8 supports Multilingual (i18n) in core. I was wondering, is it possible to restrict users to be able to add/edit content for only one specific language?

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Yes, you can use hook_node_access to control access to add/edit for the node.

For example, you can check the value of:

$language = \Drupal::languageManager()->getCurrentLanguage()->getId();

and return the access result accordingly


Working code example:

use Drupal\node\NodeInterface;
use Drupal\Core\Session\AccountInterface;
use Drupal\Core\Access\AccessResult;

 * Implements hook_node_access().
 * Prevent editor role to edit and/or delete fr/en nodes. Quick and dirty.
function MYMODULE_node_access(NodeInterface $node, $op, AccountInterface $account) {

  $roles = $account->getRoles();

  $current_language = \Drupal::languageManager()->getCurrentLanguage();
  $lang             = $current_language->getId();

  if (!in_array('administrator', $roles) && !in_array('publisher', $roles)) {
    if ($op == 'update' || $op == 'delete') {
      if ($lang == 'en' || $lang == 'fr') {
        return AccessResult::forbidden();

  // No opinion.
  return AccessResult::neutral();

The Allowed Languages module makes it possible to set restrictions on which content a user can edit based on language.


Once installed against each user profile you can check which languages the user can edit as shown below.

Allowed Languages

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