I have a custom content entity created with
public static function baseFieldDefinitions(EntityTypeInterface $entity_type).
I just added a field to that entity with
- adding a new $fields['courriel'] = BaseFieldDefinition::create('email')
- creating hook.install file with

function association_update_8101()

Running update.php has indeed added the field to the corresponding database table and I can access it with my code (for example, I store in that field a copy of user->mail.
But when I use CRUD forms for my Entity (i.e. canonical, add-form, edit-form or collection), I don't see the new field.
What did I miss?

[Edit] my hook.install is now:

function association_update_8101()
  $storage_definition = BaseFieldDefinition::create('email')
    ->setDescription(t('The email address of the Personne entity.'))
    ->installFieldStorageDefinition('courriel', 'association_personne', 'association_personne', $storage_definition);

I managed to run again update.php with success (at least with no errors): the table has now the new column (Courriel) but I still don't have my CRUD forms showing 'Courriel'.
Is there anything else I need to add to hook_update_8101 to have that done?

  • I think the problem is not in the update function itself, but it's more likely that you have a missing line. I think you can inspect what drush is doing, "drush entity updates" Commented Mar 20, 2017 at 16:21
  • You can check also this link, with the change records. drupal.org/node/2554097 Commented Mar 20, 2017 at 16:24
  • I updated hook_update_8101 (see Edit in my post) but still not having CRUD forms showing 'Courriel' :-(
    – gbmapo
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 8:03

1 Answer 1


It seems I was looking at the wrong place.
Once hook_update_8101 executed, I should have updated myEntityListBuilder.php to be consistent.
The other forms (canonical, add-form, edit-form) were effectively updated.

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