I am creating a batch import and I would like to pass two different counts to my finished function. For example in my 'operations' function I check for an NID if it exists update the node if it doesn't then create it.

In my 'finished' function I want to do something like:

 batch_import_finished($success, $results, $operations) {
   if ($success) {
     $message ='Nodes created: '.$nodesCreated. '<br />';
     $message .='Nodes updated: '.$nodesUpdated;
   else {
     $message = 'some errors';


Hope this makes sense.

1 Answer 1


First, make sure you set the finished process in your batch process.

$batch = array(
      'title' => t('Merging content ...'),
      'operations' => array(
         array('batch_import_import', array($col1, $col2),  //Note we pass 2 variables here.
      'finished' => 'batch_import_finished', // set this!
      'init_message' => t('Connectng to the base site ...'),
      'progress_message' => t('Processed @current out of @total.'),
      'error_message' => t('An error occurred during processing'),
      'progressive' => FALSE

Then, in your worker function, you can take the last argument passed to it as $context.

For an example, from above example above, your worker function should be something like this:

function batch_import_import($col1, $col2, &$context) {
  //do the stuff.
  if (!isset($context['results']['created'], $context['results']['updated'])) {
    $context['results']['created'] = 0;
    $context['results']['updated'] = 0;
  $context['results']['created']++; // is_new == TRUE or some logic.
  $context['results']['updated']++; // add some logic to determine created or updated.

and then in the finish function, you get $context['results'] as the second argument.

batch_import_finished($success, $results, $operations) {
   if ($success) {
     $message = t('Nodes created: @count', array('@count' => $results['created'])).'<br />';
     $message .= t('Nodes updated: @count', array('@count' => $results['updated']));
   else {
     $message = t('some errors');


I have also corrected the $message as you can use t() function here. Note that you pass $context by reference. See batch_api examples for more information. This is just some code copied from a module I was developing the other day.

In the finished function, $operations contain unprocessed items.

  • Thank you, I tried your example and I get an Notice: Undefined variable: col1, Notice: Undefined variable: col2. Here is my operations - array('node_import_worker', array($new_node, $col1, $col2)). Don't I need to set the value of $col1 and $col2 ?
    – Brian
    Commented Jan 20, 2013 at 14:41
  • I just set the values before the function and everything seems to work, Thanks!
    – Brian
    Commented Jan 20, 2013 at 15:02

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