This one feels like it should be obvious, but after some searching I'm having trouble finding a code example for checking whether a user has create access for an arbitrary entity.

In this case, I'm looking to pass an arbitrary entity type and bundle, in order to check whether a user has create access. This can be any entity type, including custom entities.

I have a sense that the end of the expression will be ->createAccess() , based on what I've read for the entity access interface classes, but where I'm stuck is finding the right class to call first, in order to get the entity information.

  • The permissions are stored on the user object so for example you propably want to do something like that. $user = \Drupal::currentUser(); $user->hasPermission('<permission name>');
    – DiDebru
    Sep 27, 2018 at 6:03
  • This is true, but different entities may have different permission names, and may have different permission nomenclature for bundles. I know that nodes have "create X content" format, but what about custom entities? For the module application (drupal.org/project/views_add_button), I don't think it will be practical to ask every developer to make a plugin to ensure compatibility.
    – Mike Nolan
    Sep 27, 2018 at 14:43
  • Have you tried api.drupal.org/api/drupal/… ?
    – DiDebru
    Sep 28, 2018 at 8:39
  • @Insasse I'm looking at the docs, and it looks like it might be possible to instantiate a base Entity class,and run ::access() on that. I'll try it.
    – Mike Nolan
    Sep 29, 2018 at 14:46
  • Making a note to reread this page, as it is relevant to the topic at hand: api.drupal.org/api/drupal/…
    – Mike Nolan
    Sep 29, 2018 at 16:26

1 Answer 1


OK, I have figured it out. Here's what I am using to get access for the current user (in the createAccess() step the second parameter can be an account, if you need to pass an account):

// Before this, you need to get the entity type and bundle,
// shown here as $entity_type and $bundle .
$entity_manager = \Drupal::entityTypeManager();
$access_handler = $entity_manager->getAccessControlHandler($entity_type);
$access = FALSE;
if ($bundle) {
  $access = $access_handler->createAccess($bundle);
else {
  $access = $access_handler->createAccess();

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