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This module allow you to connect to datasets from external databases and use it in your Drupal 8 website. While content lives external, Drupal sees those remote entities as internal. This makes it possible to alter the field displays, add references, comments, pathaliases, share buttons, webshop products and more.

External data

You can use within your website museum collections, content of Wikipedia, external specialised thesauri for wildlife, streetnames, members, and other systems in use within an organisation. If the back-end supports updating as well, you can even create, edit and delete remote entities, making Drupal a central hub for content in an organisation.


Drupal 8 is built database agnostic. It should not matter for Drupal anymore if data for an entity is coming from the internal SQL-database, an external json file or anything else.

We built this module to test and showcase that Drupal 8 and contributed modules can handle external entities.


The module provides a entity type and allows you to define bundles within that entity type. Currently the module is using a REST back-end (more back-end types can be added since they are just plugins).

Known limitations

This module is created to test the Drupal 8 capabilities for external entities. Modules can no longer assume that an entity has an numeric ID, instead it could be an exotic URI. Known bugs:


Drupal and this module assumes all fields of an entity are coming from the same dataset. All fields within that entity type reads the data from the defined source and writes data to that source. You can add fields, but they only become filled when they are mapped to a field in the datasource or autofilled.


  • Support multi-value fields
  • Support remote images, videos, assets
  • Support multi-lingual fields
  • Support search integration


This module is sponsored by Attiks (Peter Droogmans) and Datascape (Hanno Lans).

Supporting organizations: 
coding and sponsoring
testing and sponsoring

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