I'm trying to learn how to configure content types and form modes programmatically in Drupal 8. I've created the following using the UI:

  • A content type named book
  • A form mode for content, named foo
  • A view mode for content, named bar

When I run drush cget, I get this list:

[36] core.entity_form_display.node.book.default
[37] core.entity_form_mode.node.foo
[38] core.entity_form_mode.user.register
[39] core.entity_view_display.node.book.default
[40] core.entity_view_display.node.book.teaser
[41] core.entity_view_mode.node.bar
[42] core.entity_view_mode.node.full
[43] core.entity_view_mode.node.rss
[44] core.entity_view_mode.node.search_index
[45] core.entity_view_mode.node.search_result
[46] core.entity_view_mode.node.teaser
[47] core.entity_view_mode.user.compact
[48] core.entity_view_mode.user.full

What is the difference between the entity_form_display configuration (36) and the entity_form_mode configurations (37, 38)?

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entity_form_mode would be the form mode (/admin/structure/display-modes/form)

  • 37 - Form mode foo available for use on node entities (shows as content on the link above)
  • 38 - Form mode register available on user entities.

entity_form_display is the configuration for that mode on a specific bundle - how the fields are arranged (/admin/structure/types/manage/book/form-display/{form_mode}) - in your case form_mode would be foo.

  • 36 - Form display settings for the default display on the book bundle (content type) of the node entity.

The reason 36 is default is because you have arranged your form display (/admin/structure/types/manage/book/form-display) but you haven't enabled your foo mode.

At the bottom of that page is a fieldset called "Custom display settings". Expand that and you can enable your foo display for that content type.

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In the picture, I have a created a form mode called Inline Entity Form, yours should say foo

  • Amazing! Now that I've enabled the custom display settings, I also have core.entity_form_display.node.book.foo, which I then exported with drush cget to get example code for my custom module. May 30, 2018 at 21:15
  • also you can give thees from modes routs with drupal.org/project/form_mode_routing
    – taggartJ
    May 30, 2018 at 23:25

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