I have a node object and I need to create revisions for that node programmatically. When I tried as follows it's not working. Instead it's creating new nodes. What am I doing wrong? How can I fix this?

$node = Node::create([
  'nid' => $nid, // My desired node ID for the revision.
  'type' => $bundle_type,
  'field1' => $value1,
  'field2' => $value2,

$node->revision = TRUE;
$nid = $node->id();
print 'Created revision for node' . $nid;

3 Answers 3


// Make this change a new revision
  $node->revision_log = 'Created revision for node' . $nid;

Use Above Code to create a revision. :)

  • How to specify the author when creating the revision ?
    – KTM
    May 17, 2017 at 11:52
  • 1
    Hi , when i create new revision for a node its set as the main node , instead of the revision . How can i solve this ? Is there an $node->is_current = FALSE; utility ??
    – KTM
    May 18, 2017 at 10:23
  • @RubberDuckIsKing It's in the answer, that's this part: $node->setRevisionUserId($user_id);
    – Dalin
    Sep 29, 2018 at 2:12
  • @RubberDuckIsKing It sounds like you're trying to create a forward draft revision (i.e. an unpublished draft). The exact details of that depends on whether you're using Workbench Moderation, Content Moderation, or something else. If the former, then something like $node->moderation_state->target_id = 'draft';
    – Dalin
    Sep 29, 2018 at 2:15
  • I thought I could get away with just calling $node->setNewRevision(TRUE) but it didn't work. You have to set everything above for it to work. Also, I used $node->setRevisionLogMessage('Updated'); rather than setting $node->revision_log directly.
    – neuquen
    May 16, 2019 at 20:43

For language specific revisions you can use below code sample:

$storage =\Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage('node');
$revision = $storage->load($nid);
$revision = $revision->getTranslation($languageCode);
$revision= $storage->createRevision($revision);

If you have enabled the content moderation module, you must set the moderation state like this:

$node->moderation_state->value = 'draft';

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