I'm working on an extension that indexes the content of the entry when publish form is submitted, but I need to know if the entry is a new one or an updated one, and in both case, I need the entry_id (the new one juste created or the old one).

Do you know a way to do that? Should I use an other hook?


In fact, entry_submission_end come with 3 parameters: entry_id, meta and data. If the entry is a new one, entry_id contains the new entry_id but $data['entry_id'] is 0, so you can have a condition on that to check if you are editing or creating an entry.

  • I knew it had something to do with that $data array...thank you for figuring this out! Oct 21, 2015 at 12:29

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I usually check if entry_id = 0 (for new entry)

$this->EE->input->get_post('entry_id') == 0

You can compare $meta['edit_date'] with $meta['entry_date'].

You will need to bring both dates to same format of course, as entry_date contains current timestamp, while edit_date is formatted as '%Y%m%d%H%i%s'

  • Hi Yuri, thanks, I thought about this solution but the entry date could be modified so it's not very safe.
    – pvledoux
    Oct 2, 2013 at 8:29

If anyone is looking for an answer here still then there is a simple test.

Along with the post data will be a value for entry_id, this is related to the originating entry id. So if this value is 0 then it is a new entry, if this value is > 0 then it is an update to an existing entry.


if ($_REQUEST['entry_id'] === 0) { // new post } else { // existing post }

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