I create a user from a form (that part works fine) but no profile2 information seems to be created....

profile2_load_by_user returns an empty array which results in the below error. Do I need to some other step to first associate an "ae_sa" profile with the newly created user?

Recoverable fatal error: Argument 1 passed to profile2_save() must be an instance of Profile, instance of stdClass given, called in D:\FULLREPO\trunk\sites\all\modules\sps_users\sps_users.module on line 115 and defined in profile2_save() (line 291 of D:\FULLREPO\trunk\sites\all\modules\profile2\profile2.module).

$account = user_save(null, $new_user);
$obj_user = user_load($account->uid) ;
$profile2 = profile2_load_by_user($obj_user) ;
$profile2["ae_sa"]->field_full_name[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]["value"] = $fullname;
$profile2["ae_sa"]->field_title_role[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]["value"] = $titlerole;
$profile2["ae_sa"]->field_company[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]["value"] = $ucompany;
$profile2["ae_sa"]->field_bio[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]["value"] = $bio;
profile2_save($profile2["ae_sa"]) ;
  • You using Drupal7? If so, Why not use the field-able profile fields that come "out-of-the-box"? Aug 7, 2012 at 14:47
  • Working on a project begun by someone else, switching at this point is not an option
    – Jim
    Aug 7, 2012 at 15:06

2 Answers 2


You need to create the new user's profile:

$profile = profile2_load_by_user($user->uid, 'ae_sa');
if(empty($profile)) {
  $profile = profile2_create(array(
    'type' => 'ae_sa',
    'uid' => $user->uid,

// Fill fields
$profile->field_full_name[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]["value"] = $fullname;
$profile->field_title_role[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]["value"] = $titlerole;
$profile->field_company[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]["value"] = $ucompany;
$profile->field_bio[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]["value"] = $bio;

// Save the newly created OR updated profile
  • this is perfect answer, when user dont have profile data that time you are not able to load profile and save data , thats time you have to use $profile = profile2_create(array( 'type' => 'ae_sa', 'uid' => $user->uid, )); Mar 14, 2017 at 14:42

You need a second variable for the profile2_load_by_user($obj_user) function. What you currently get back is an array of profiles, e.g

'candidate' => Profile object,
'person' => Profile object,
'student' => Profile object

You need to specify the profile in the call and then you just get a profile object back. Then you can save the profile as it is an Profile object.

e.g. profile2_load_by_user($obj_user,'candidate');

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