I'm using drupal 8.

Lets assume the following. I have created a content type called Foo. Using the presave hook(hook_entity_presave), I'm modifying some fields in that content type.

Firstly I want to determine if the entity I'm modifying is a Foo content type.

I've tried using Drupal\Core\Entity\EntityInterface $entity->getEntityType() however the return is object(Drupal\Core\Entity\ContentEntityType). So basically an object.

Since my knowledge of drupal 8 is not that great(yet) I assumed initially that it would return something more quantifiable like a string or something of the sort. Obviously I was wrong.

Secondly I want to NOT modify some fields if the fields already have a value. Again, I assume a simple isset or empty will do the trick. I could be wrong. If there are some other ways to do that, more drupal-like way, I'd be more than happy to understand it better.


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You should be able to check the entity type and content type like this:

use Drupal\Core\Entity\EntityInterface;

function hook_entity_presave(EntityInterface $entity) {
  if($entity->getEntityTypeId() == 'my_entity_type' && $entity->bundle() == 'my_content_type') {
    // Do your stuff here

Where my_entity_type is the entity type and my_content_type is the content type.

Adding Clive's answer, since the entity type you want to work with is already known to be a node, you can use hook_node_presave() instead of hook_entity_presave:

use Drupal\Core\Entity\EntityInterface;

function hook_entity_presave(EntityInterface $node) {
  if($node->bundle() == 'my_content_type') {
    // Do your stuff here

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