I am using \Drupal::EntityTypeManager() in Drupal 8 to save data provided from a form into a content type. The following code saves the information in the content type news:

$data = [
  'type' => 'news',
  'title' => $title,
  'body' => ['value' => $content, 'format' => $format],

$node = \Drupal::EntityTypeManager()

Now I need to get the nodeID of the node that was just saved. How do I do that ? Furthermore, I need to insert another set of data into a second content type that needs to store the nodeID I just mentioned.

$node2 = \Drupal::EntityTypeManager()
  // $data2 contains the $node->id()

Outside of Drupal I am used to mysql transactions to make sure that both things only get stored together and get rolled back if there is an error with either of them. Is there a way to achieve this 'all-or-nothing' functionality with \Drupal::EntityTypeManager()?

Do I genrally need to put this in a try{}catch{} block in Drupal?

  • Isn't it added to the object you just saved? Did you try calling $node->id(); to fetch the node id?
    – Kevin
    Oct 24, 2017 at 15:21
  • absolutely correct, I missed that
    – theuni
    Oct 24, 2017 at 15:40

1 Answer 1


You can create the node without saving it. You wouldn't really need a try catch if you know what types of data you're saving.

    $node = \Drupal::EntityTypeManager()->getStorage('node')->create([
      'type' => 'news',
      'title' => "hello world",
      'field_some_textfield' => "Here's some text",

    $node->set('status', 1);
    $node->set('field_site_section', [['target_id' => 6]]);
    $node->set('field_first_name', $data->firstName);
    if (!empty($data->middleName)) {
      $node->set('field_middle_name', $data->middleName);
    $node->set('field_last_name', $data->lastName);

When you're satisfied that your node is set up properly, then you can call:


At this point, you can get the node id this way:

$nid = $node->id();
  • Nice, I did not know that before. But how does this make sure that for the 2 nodes ($node and the second $node2 I need to save) I have a transaction kind of behavior? Doing $node->save(); $node2->save(); isn't really robust in case things break after $node->save(), is it ?
    – theuni
    Oct 24, 2017 at 15:49
  • The only way to get a node id to add to $node2 is to save the first node. So you could add a code that would run $node->delete() if updating $node2 failed.
    – oknate
    Oct 24, 2017 at 16:19

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