Drupal 10 is switching from CKEditor 4 to 5.

So, I installed the experimental CKEditor 5 module and am attempting to update my Behat tests to use CKEditor 5.

I am using an @javascript test in Behat on CircleCI to check my Drupal 8 site.

The standard I fill in "my field" with "value" step fails for fields that use CKEditor. For example, for a long text field with the label Question, if I add a step:

And I fill in "Question" with "Will this work?"

Then I get the error: Element not interactable

As described in this question about CKEditor 4, there is a gist by johnennewdeeson that works for CKEditor 4 (which basically uses JS to find the editor instance and set the data), but it does not work for CKEditor 5 (CKEDITOR is not defined error).

So how can I set the value of a text format field in Behat using CKEditor 5?

  • CKEditor is just used on the front end, it shouldn't affect the saving of field data - maybe you just need to provide a format column as well as the value? If you're able to describe a bit better what you mean by "the standard [...] step fails" it could help?
    – Clive
    May 31, 2022 at 9:05
  • @Clive Updated with more info. May 31, 2022 at 9:20

1 Answer 1


As described in How to get the editor instance object from the DOM element?, you can search for ck-editor__editable and use that to locate the specific editor instance that you need to manipulate.

The following is a working example. Note that you have to replaced any underscores with hyphens in the machine name for $field_hyphenated_machine_name.

   * Input text using CKEditor.
   * @Then I fill in the wysiwyg field :field_hyphenated_machine_name with :value
   * @Then I enter :value for wysiwyg field :field_hyphenated_machine_name
  public function iFillInWysiwygOnFieldWith($field_hyphenated_machine_name, $value) {
    # https://ckeditor.com/docs/ckeditor5/latest/support/faq.html#how-to-get-the-editor-instance-object-from-the-dom-element
    $ckeditor5_drupal_editable_element = "div.form-item-$field_hyphenated_machine_name-display-0-value .ck-editor__editable";

        const domEditableElement = document.querySelector(\"$ckeditor5_drupal_editable_element\");
        if (domEditableElement.ckeditorInstance) {
          const editorInstance = domEditableElement.ckeditorInstance;
          if (editorInstance) {
          } else {
            throw new Exception('Could not get the editor instance!');
        } else {
          throw new Exception('Could not find the element!');
  • Shouldn't that first test be if (domEditableElement)?
    – Bob Kline
    Apr 12, 2023 at 16:35

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