I am trying to import data to Drupal 8 website using Feeds and Feeds_ex module and here is my scenario:

  • I need to make a call to the first JSON API and extract the IDs from it, here is a sample of the API

    "rm": [{
        "mn": "Friday",
        "id": 3003,
        "ra": "JEB  ",
        "md": "2019-11-01 00:00:00.0"
    }, {
        "mn": "Saturday",
        "id": 3014,
        "ra": "SHJ  ",
        "md": "2019-11-02 00:00:00.0"


  • Then I want to use the extracted IDs to construct custom URLs to get the actual data that I want to import.


I looked to Feeds documentation to create a custom fetcher with no luck.Any advice?

  • A custom fetcher seems like an appropriate approach to me. Can you share your code and/or give more detail about what wasn't working? Were you getting an error message? Also which feeds documentation were you looking at? The Creating a Custom Feeds Workflow - Fetcher guide on d.o? – sonfd Dec 14 '19 at 17:00
  • Thank for your interest. Actually I managed to resolve the issue. – Hodba Khalaf Dec 15 '19 at 11:24
  • Excellent! You should post your solution as an answer for anyone else who comes along with the same question. (You don't need to include all details if you don't want to.) – sonfd Dec 15 '19 at 14:42
  • Sure, I am working on creating a custom module and when it's ready I will post it here. – Hodba Khalaf Dec 17 '19 at 6:52

The trick is to create a new parser, not a new fetcher. I created a new module and a new parser at the following: New files at MY_MODULE/src/Feeds/Parser/MymoduleJsonPathParser.php

I wanted to build on top of the feeds_ex module so I used their interfaces as the following:

use RuntimeException;
use Drupal\Core\Logger\RfcLogLevel;
use Drupal\feeds\FeedInterface;
use Drupal\feeds\Result\FetcherResultInterface;
use Drupal\feeds\Result\ParserResultInterface;
use Drupal\feeds\StateInterface;
use Peekmo\JsonPath\JsonStore;
use Drupal\feeds_ex\feeds\Parser\JsonParserBase;
use Drupal\feeds_ex\feeds\Parser\ParserBase;
use Drupal\Core\Form\FormStateInterface;

If you would like to add custom options that appear at the feeds UI add your custom form at the following:

public function buildConfigurationForm(array $form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {
$form = parent::buildConfigurationForm($form, $form_state);

$form['FIELD'] = [ .....];
return $form;


Now you can build on your custom parser:

    protected function executeContext(FeedInterface $feed, FetcherResultInterface $fetcher_result, StateInterface $state) {
    $raw = $this->prepareRaw($fetcher_result);
    $parsed = $this->utility->decodeJsonArray($raw);
    // Your code gose here.

I am writing a custom module and I will share it here when it's finished.

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