In D7, it was easy with the VBO module.. But how to do it with D8? (Preferably using a view to select the nodes to resave)

In many places I saw that a small part of the VBO module is now included in the D8 core but I can't figure out how to use it (assuming a simple save should be feasible)

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    Can I know why you want to do this? Is just to know if I can use this solution in other moment. Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 4:03
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    This is because I have updated a node_presave function which is updating some other nodes depending on the value of the currently saved node.
    – Baud
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 10:46

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What you are asking for is included in core Views, unless I am mistaken.
In a new Content view you will be able to add a "Content: Node operations bulk form" field and that offers you an option for "Save content".

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You could even use the default "Content" view...

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that already offers that option out of the box:

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Latest update:

Drush core now also provide a re-save command! (since v11.0.0-rc1)

# Re-save all article entities:
drush entity:save node --bundle=article

# Re-save all shortcut entities:
drush entity:save shortcut

# Re-save nodes 22 and 24:
drush entity:save node 22,24

# Re-save all nodes except node 9, 14 and 81:
drush entity:save node --exclude=9,14,81

# Re-save all users:
drush entity:save user

# Re-save all node entities in steps of 5, defaults to 50 if omitted:
drush entity:save node --chunks=5


Aaaand some folks also created an unattributed copy of Resave All Nodes and added some more options: Save All Nodes.


I just created Resave All Nodes. For now it only contains a form and a Drush command to trigger a batch process to resave all nodes of selected node types.

Drupal Resave All Nodes form screenshot

For everybody coming here to find a code snippet (to be placed in MYMODULE.install):

use \Drupal\node\Entity\Node;

 * Resave all pages.
function MYMODULE_update_8001(&$sandbox) {

  // Get an array of all 'page' node IDs.
  $nids = \Drupal::entityQuery('node')
    ->condition('type', 'page')

  // Load all the nodes.
  $nodes = Node::loadMultiple($nids);
  foreach ($nodes as $node) {

Problem with this, of course, is you can reach your memory limit pretty fast when re-saving many thousands of nodes that way. So you have to implement a batch process.

Thankfully hook_update_N(&$sandbox) already has this capability built-in. Follow the link for sample code.

If running your update all at once could possibly cause PHP to time out, use the $sandbox parameter to indicate that the Batch API should be used for your update. In this case, your update function acts as an implementation of callback_batch_operation(), and $sandbox acts as the batch context parameter. In your function, read the state information from the previous run from $sandbox (or initialize), run a chunk of updates, save the state in $sandbox, and set $sandbox['#finished'] to a value between 0 and 1 to indicate the percent completed, or 1 if it is finished (you need to do this explicitly in each pass).

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    Rather than messing with the sandbox, just iterate over the $nids and load the node inside the loop.
    – Jonathan
    Commented Jul 31, 2019 at 17:23
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    @Jonathan – Bad idea with 1.000.000 nodes.
    – leymannx
    Commented Jul 31, 2019 at 17:57

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