I have 2 field collections (Parent and child)

  • Parent Field collection: Test Student Info
    machine name: field_test_student_info

  • Child Field collection: Marks
    machine name: field_marks

In parent field collection have 1 field:

  • Field1: Student Name
    machine name: field_student_name

In child field collection have 2 fields:

  • Field1: English Marks
    machine name: field_eng_marks

  • Field2: History Marks
    Machine name: field_history_marks

I have set field setting "unlimited" to child field collection (Marks). I just want to add new child field collection item programmatically. I have tried below code but it's showing me error:

use Drupal\Core\Field\FieldItemListInterface;
use Drupal\field_collection\Entity\FieldCollectionItem;

function CreateChildFC() {
  $node = \Drupal\node\Entity\Node::load(770);
  $load = FieldCollectionItem::load(207); // Loading child FC from parent FC i.e Marks
  $field_collection_items = $load->field_marks;
  $field_collection_item = FieldCollectionItem::create(
    'field_name' => 'field_marks', 
  $field_collection_item->set('field_eng_marks', '89');
  $field_collection_item->set('field_history_marks', '75');
  $load->field_marks[] = ['field_collection_item' =>   $field_collection_item];

The website encountered an unexpected error. Please try again later. TypeError: Argument 1 passed to _field_collection_field_item_list_full() must implement interface Drupal\Core\Field\FieldItemListInterface, null given, called in /site/modules/contrib/field_collection/src/Entity/FieldCollectionItem.php on line 333 in _field_collection_field_item_list_full() (line 151 of modules/contrib/field_collection/field_collection.module).

1 Answer 1


You try the code:

use Drupal\field_collection\Entity\FieldCollectionItem;
use Drupal\node\Entity\Node;


  $node = Node::load(7);
  $field_collection_item = FieldCollectionItem::create(
      'field_name' => 'field_test_student_info',

  $field_collection_item->set('field_student_name', 'Student Name');

  $field_mark_collection = FieldCollectionItem::create(['field_name' => 'field_marks']);
  $field_mark_collection->set('field_english_marks', '1231');
  $field_mark_collection->set('field_history_marks', '123');
  $field_collection_item->field_marks[] = ['field_collection_item' => $field_mark_collection];
  $node->field_test_student_info = ['field_collection_item' => $field_collection_item];

You need create new collection field FieldCollectionItem::create(['field_name' => 'field_marks'])

You can set value to the file child in field parent collection, it is same you when set value field collection in node, here you dont's need set setHostEntity, it will understand is the field_collection_item

As the code above I also checked it, and it worked.

You can refer to it here



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