I've created a field programmatically :

$field_storage = FieldStorageConfig::create(
  array('entity_type' => 'node', 'field_name' => 'field_desc', 'type' => 'string'));
$field = FieldConfig::create(
  array('entity_type' => 'node', 'field_name' => 'field_desc', 'bundle' => 'mybundle', 'settings' => array('handler' => 'default', 'handler_settings' => array())));

But the field is disabled by default when I access to "manage form display".

My question is : how can I enable the field programatically?

thanks :)

1 Answer 1


You enable the field by adding a widget to the default form display mode:

$display_repository = \Drupal::service('entity_display.repository');

// Assign widget settings for the default form mode.
$display_repository->getFormDisplay('node', 'mybundle')
  ->setComponent('field_desc', [
    'type' => 'string_textfield',

See Add content type field programmatically

  • Another hint for things like this is to look at the core kernel and functional tests. You can learn a lot from the setUp() methods.
    – mpdonadio
    Oct 24, 2020 at 22:05

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