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Entity CRUD, editing, and view hooks | entity.api.php | Drupal 8.2.x | Drupal API

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Entity create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) operations are performed by entity storage classes; see the Entity API topic for more information. Most entities use or extend the default classes: \Drupal\Core\Entity\Sql\SqlContentEntityStorage for content entities, and \Drupal\Core\Config\Entity\ConfigEntityStorage for configuration entities. For these entities, there is a set of hooks that is invoked for each CRUD operation, which module developers can implement to affect these operations; these hooks are actually invoked from methods on \Drupal\Core\Entity\EntityStorageBase.

For content entities, viewing and rendering are handled by a view builder class; see the Entity API topic for more information. Most view builders extend or use the default class \Drupal\Core\Entity\EntityViewBuilder.

Entity editing (including adding new entities) is handled by entity form classes; see the Entity API topic for more information. Most entity editing forms extend base classes \Drupal\Core\Entity\EntityForm or \Drupal\Core\Entity\ContentEntityForm. Note that many other operations, such as confirming deletion of entities, also use entity form classes.