function hook_action_info

7.x system.api.php hook_action_info()

Declares information about actions.

Any module can define actions, and then call actions_do() to make those actions happen in response to events. The trigger module provides a user interface for associating actions with module-defined triggers, and it makes sure the core triggers fire off actions when their events happen.

An action consists of two or three parts:

  • an action definition (returned by this hook)
  • a function which performs the action (which by convention is named MODULE_description-of-function_action)
  • an optional form definition function that defines a configuration form (which has the name of the action function with '_form' appended to it.)

The action function takes two to four arguments, which come from the input arguments to actions_do().

Return value

An associative array of action descriptions. The keys of the array are the names of the action functions, and each corresponding value is an associative array with the following key-value pairs:

  • 'type': The type of object this action acts upon. Core actions have types 'node', 'user', 'comment', and 'system'.
  • 'label': The human-readable name of the action, which should be passed through the t() function for translation.
  • 'configurable': If FALSE, then the action doesn't require any extra configuration. If TRUE, then your module must define a form function with the same name as the action function with '_form' appended (e.g., the form for 'node_assign_owner_action' is 'node_assign_owner_action_form'.) This function takes $context as its only parameter, and is paired with the usual _submit function, and possibly a _validate function.
  • 'triggers': An array of the events (that is, hooks) that can trigger this action. For example: array('node_insert', 'user_update'). You can also declare support for any trigger by returning array('any') for this value.
  • 'behavior': (optional) A machine-readable array of behaviors of this action, used to signal additionally required actions that may need to be triggered. Currently recognized behaviors by Trigger module:

    • 'changes_property': If an action with this behavior is assigned to a trigger other than a "presave" hook, any save actions also assigned to this trigger are moved later in the list. If no save action is present, one will be added. Modules that are processing actions (like Trigger module) should take special care for the "presave" hook, in which case a dependent "save" action should NOT be invoked.

Related topics

6 functions implement hook_action_info()

Note: this list is generated by pattern matching, so it may include some functions that are not actually implementations of this hook.

actions_loop_test_action_info in drupal/modules/simpletest/tests/actions_loop_test.module
Implements hook_action_info().
comment_action_info in drupal/modules/comment/comment.module
Implements hook_action_info().
node_action_info in drupal/modules/node/node.module
Implements hook_action_info().
system_action_info in drupal/modules/system/system.module
Implements hook_action_info().
trigger_test_action_info in drupal/modules/trigger/tests/trigger_test.module
Implements hook_action_info().

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1 invocation of hook_action_info()
actions_list in drupal/includes/
Discovers all available actions by invoking hook_action_info().


drupal/modules/system/system.api.php, line 3911
Hooks provided by Drupal core and the System module.


function hook_action_info() {
  return array(
    'comment_unpublish_action' => array(
      'type' => 'comment',
      'label' => t('Unpublish comment'),
      'configurable' => FALSE,
      'behavior' => array('changes_property'),
      'triggers' => array('comment_presave', 'comment_insert', 'comment_update'),
    'comment_unpublish_by_keyword_action' => array(
      'type' => 'comment',
      'label' => t('Unpublish comment containing keyword(s)'),
      'configurable' => TRUE,
      'behavior' => array('changes_property'),
      'triggers' => array('comment_presave', 'comment_insert', 'comment_update'),
    'comment_save_action' => array(
      'type' => 'comment',
      'label' => t('Save comment'),
      'configurable' => FALSE,
      'triggers' => array('comment_insert', 'comment_update'),