I've a content type with a workflow. I have to notify users when the published version of the node is update.

Have I to check which transition is used? How?

I'm using an hook_node_presave.

[EDIT] It seems that check if it's the default revision could be right:


From draft to draft is false. From draft to published is true. From published to published is true.

Could be the right way?

  • Don’t you want hook_ node_update?
    – Kevin
    Jun 26 '18 at 11:56
  • I could change to node_update, but how should I access to transition information?
    – arrubiu
    Jun 26 '18 at 11:58
  • I've edited the question
    – arrubiu
    Jun 26 '18 at 12:06
  • However: this method returns true also with transition from "published" to "archived". The way is how to check which transition is performed
    – arrubiu
    Jun 26 '18 at 12:33

As an alternative, consider using the Content moderation notifications module:

Allows notifications to be sent to all users of a particular role, or to the content's author when a piece of content is transitioned from one state to another via core's content_moderation module.

I've used it with good results in several sites.

  • I see it, but I've to notify all users that have edited the node (with a loop on all the revisions). I could use that module with an hook..
    – arrubiu
    Jun 26 '18 at 12:29
  • But the plumbing is there, you might be able to hook in and alter the behavior.
    – Kevin
    Jun 26 '18 at 13:11

You can simply get the Moderation state of node in the hook_node_presave(). like below:


It will give you the string like publish or unpublish.


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