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Daniel Sipos
11 Mar 2020

In this short article I wanted to draw your attention to a neat little feature introduced in Drupal 8.8 related to migrations. And I mean the ability to force entity validation whenever Migrate saves destination entities.

As we already know, entities can be validated using their typed data wrappers like so:

$violations = $entity->validate();

This calls the general validation over the entity and all its fields. Very handy.

Something that you may or may not know is that when we create and save an entity programatically, this validation is not run by default. So for example:

$entity = Node::create([
  'type' => 'page',
  'title' => 'My title',


If we had some validation on the title field, it would not run and potentially bad data would be saved in the field. Sometimes this is fine, other times it’s bad and in many times it’s critical as things can break spectacularly. So always good to run validation.

When it comes to the Migrate entity destination, there was no validation being run. But with Drupal 8.8, we have a destination plugin option that indicates we want to run the validation when saving the entity. Like so:

  plugin: 'entity:node'
  validate: true

This will ensure the nodes are validated before being saved by the migration.

Moreover, apart from the configuration on the migration plugin, you can also control this from the entity level if the entity type is defined by you. You can do this by implementing the Drupal\Core\Entity\FieldableEntityInterface::isValidationRequired() method in the entity class. Do note, however, that most entity types do not implement it, nor is this method checked before doing regular entity saves. I expect its use will be extended but so far it is only used within the migration context.

Hope this helps.

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Milan 21 Jan 2022 14:43

But is it done right?

So now before entity validation is made it's being check if entity has owner and if does owner is set to be current user with account switcher. So If I want to assign disabled user as entity owner I can not do that because only disabled users with "administer users" permission can do that. This is not good IMHO. I want to be able to run migration as any user (generally as admin), not as user being imported during migration.

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