I can't seem to find the answer to this anywhere.

Programmatically, I need to add new values to a custom field of a new node instance I just created via API. I am taking input via a form and want to add that data to the custom field in the new node. I know the columns of the custom field.

How can I do that, or where is a good reference?

(the custom field type is address, if that matters)


If you are using a custom form which is invoked by a menu callback, you could try this.

Assuming that you have a postal address field type (provided by the addressfield module) which as 5 sub-fields - country, address 1, address 2, city and postal code in your content type.

 * This will be invokded by a menu callback
function yourmodule_custom_form($form, &$form_state){

    /* your form elements definition here */

    $form['#validate'][] = 'yourmodule_custom_form_validate';       
    $form['#submit'][] = 'yourmodule_custom_form_submit';

    return $form;
 * Validation attached to the form
function yourmodule_custom_form_validate($form, &$form_state){
    // do validation here
 * Submit handler attached to the form
function yourmodule_custom_form_submit($form, &$form_state){
    global $user;
    $values = $form_state['values'];

    # Create a node object, and add node properties.
    $node = new stdClass();
    $node->type = 'your_content_type';
    $node->uid = $user->uid;
    $node->created = strtotime("now");
    $node->changed = strtotime("now");
    $node->status = 1;
    $node->comment = 0;
    $node->promote = 0;
    $node->moderate = 0;
    $node->sticky = 0;
    $node->language = LANGUAGE_NONE;

    $field_address = $values['field_address'][LANGUAGE_NONE][0];

    $node->field_address_country = $field_address['country'];
    $node->field_address_thoroughfare = $field_address['thoroughfare'];
    $node->field_address_premise = $field_address['premise'];
    $node->field_address_locality = $field_address['locality'];
    $node->field_address_postal_code = $field_address['postal_code'];

    # Save the node.
    # The node will also get published, if $node->status was set to 1.
    $nid = $node->nid;
    # if you want to redirect to a page after submission, use this
    $form_state['redirect'] = 'path/to/redirect';

I did not test the code. It is just for example. You may need to amend it by yourself. You can inspect your address field name by printing out $form.

dpm($form); // if you have devel module enabled
echo '<pre>'; print_r($form); echo '</pre>'; // if you don't have devel moduel

Also note that when you create a new field, Drupal creates two new tables starting with field_data_field and field_revision_field. If you name the field "address", you will see two new tables field_data_field_address and field_revision_field_address, you could look up into those tables.

  • Sithu, I am presenting a regular form to gather the data. How would this hook be called after the user submits the form? – vintorg Nov 12 '12 at 5:09
  • I may have answered my question. Do I use hook_form() and test the node type and call my custom form? – vintorg Nov 12 '12 at 5:18
  • Are you rendering a custom form which is invoked by a menu page callback? Can you please expand your question? – Sithu Nov 12 '12 at 5:44
  • Yes, it is a custom form invoked by a menu callback. I need to do some extra validating and processing on the input data before it is added to the custom field. – vintorg Nov 12 '12 at 7:40
  • I've updated my answer. Please check. – Sithu Nov 12 '12 at 8:04

Sithu, thanks for your help. That worked. In the end, Drupal made it easier than I was thinking it would be. I'll post my code and do a walk-through when I get some time.

  • Glad to hear that. But this is not an answer. You should just leave a comment. – Sithu Dec 5 '12 at 3:02

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