I am trying to create content from a cron job with a custom node type that contains just a title and body; the content type is mycontent (for argument sake).

I am trying to use the Entity API module because apparently it is supposed to be simpler.

Working from examples, I wrote the following code.

$values = array(
    'type' => 'mycontent',
    'uid' => $user->uid
$entity = entity_create('node', $values);
$ewrapper = entity_metadata_wrapper('node', $entity);
$ewrapper->title->set('My Title');

Clearly I am missing something here because I get an exception (EntityMetadataWrapperException: Unknown data property title).

So I changed it to the following.

$values = array(
    'type' => 'mycontent',
    'uid' => $user->uid
$entity = entity_create('mycontent', $values);
$ewrapper = entity_metadata_wrapper('mycontent', $entity);
$ewrapper->title->set('My Title');

Now I get a different error, an obtuse Invalid data value given.

Why cannot I get the Entity API module to work as advertised?

The current user in this case is user 1, not the anonymous user. If I add the content using Drupal standard functions, it works. So I know I am not having a permission issue.

I looked at this example, to write my code, and then proceeded to google a lot.

  • Can't you just put the title in the $values array? Mar 2, 2017 at 3:49
  • Yes but if I do it does not save correctly. No node is created. I am not doing something right but have no idea what is wrong. I have added a link to the example page I was using. Mar 2, 2017 at 3:58
  • In the second example you're trying to create an entity from a type that isn't defined (mycontent). Need to have a valid entity here, like node, user, commerce_order, etc.
    – Kevin
    Mar 2, 2017 at 4:00
  • Also, unless you have special code, cron runs as anonymous user... but this code should definitely work, unless your node type does not have a title. You aren't using something like Title Field module or anything like that? Is "title" definitely a property of the node type or is it a field?
    – Kevin
    Mar 2, 2017 at 4:05
  • These examples here are different than the one you posted: drupal.org/docs/7/api/entity-api/entity-metadata-wrappers
    – Kevin
    Mar 2, 2017 at 4:07

1 Answer 1


This will work for you:

$node = new stdClass();
$node->title = "My title";
$node->type = "mycontent";
$node->uid = $user->uid; 
$node->status = 1;
$node = node_submit($node);

More details you can see at https://www.drupal.org/docs/7/howtos/create-a-node-in-code

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