I have a site with a lot of hook form alters for node forms and I'm finding that I have to create two separate hook functions to affect both the node create and node edit forms.

For example, I have to put both:




With the same functionality in both functions so that it covers both new and edited nodes. Is there a way to have one hook_form_alter() to cover both form conditions?

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You can either use the full form ID with content type and operation or the base form ID node_form. This is without the operation but also missing the content type. So when you alter the base form you have to check for a specific content type if you don't want to alter all node forms:

 * Implements hook_form_BASE_FORM_ID_alter().
function mymodule_form_node_form_alter(&$form, FormStateInterface $form_state, $form_id) {
  $node = $form_state->getFormObject()->getEntity();
  if ($node->getType() == 'event') {
    // change the node form for the content type event and any operation
  • To clarify, if I user form ID with content type then I must use two functions to account both new and edit forms but if I just use hook_form_alter and check for the type then I don't, correct? Commented May 18, 2022 at 15:08
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    The FORM_ID contains both content type + operation (create is default and default is omitted). The BASE_FORM_ID I've suggested contains neither of them and you can check them individually. BTW if you need the operation use $form_state->getFormObject()->getOperation().
    – 4uk4
    Commented May 18, 2022 at 15:58

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