Configuration entity vs Content entity in Drupal

07 / May / 2023 by Rohit Sharma 0 comments

What is Entity?
Entities are usually recognizable concepts. For ex-employee of an organization such as persons, places, things, or events that have relevance to the database.

  • Entities in Drupal provide a structured way of storing and managing data.
  • Several types of entities included in Drupal core makeup both the configuration and content of a default installation.
  • Entities are specifically typed objects, with each entity type defining a class that will be used for instances of the given entity.
  • Drupal entities are node (content), taxonomy term, user, comments, block, file, imagestyle.
  • Consistent way to access field values. 
    $nodeStorage = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage(‘node’);$node = $nodeStorage->load($nid);print_r($node->get(‘field_name’)->getValue());


Content entity vs Configuration Entity 

Content entity 

  • A content entity is an item of content data, consisting of text, HTML markup, images, attached files, and other data intended to be displayed to site visitors. 
  • Content entities are grouped into entity types, which have different purposes and are displayed in very different ways on the site.
  • Content Entities Stores data inside table.

Examples of Content Entities 

  • Block content
  • Comment
  • Message
  • File
  • Menu Link
  • Content (node)
  • Shortcut
  • Taxonomy term
  • User

How to create Content Entity     

Lets Create a Custom Entity having the following fields :

  • Name
  • Email
  • Contact number

Use command 

  • drupal geco  – created a custom Content Entity

Then Adding field in (entityname).php File

How it look’s in Admin

After saving a content entity a entry will generate

Stored data in a database (in rows)


Configuration Entity

  • They are objects that allow to storage information for configurable settings. 
  • Configuration entities can be exported via a configuration management system.
  • It is stored within the common config database table as rows. eg: image style.
  • Stores data inside the object

Examples of Configuration Entities 

  • Action
  • Block
  • Breakpoints
  • Comment Type
  • Content Type
  • Date Format
  • Field
  • Image Style
  • Language
  • Menu
  • Role
  • Views

How to Create a Configuration Entity

Let’s Create Config Entity to configure settings for an API like

  • endpoint
  • access key
  • secret key

Using Drupal gec – created a config Entity 


How it look’s in Admin

After saving a Configuration entity, it will only show a message (created/saved), not its field entry.

Stored data in a database (In Object)

How it’s object look like



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