Can you create an Entry with content only for a specific Locale? For instance, I have U.S. English (en_us) and German (de) locales setup for a section. I want to create entries, but only populate one locale. Is this possible?

$entry = new EntryModel();
$entry->getContent()->title = 'Testing Locale';
$entry->sectionId = '14';
$entry->typeId = '16';
$entry->locale = 'de';
$entry->localeEnabled = true;

$entry->setContentFromPost(array('plainTextField' => 'Test'));


The resulting code above creates the entry fine, but content is present for both locales. Is this expected behaviour?

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    Check if your section has both locales enabled as default. It may work better if they're not default and your plugin specifically enables the locale - as you have above.
    – Mutual
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 10:38

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This is expected behaviour though, it's better (in my opinion) than leaving everything empty.

As Andrew said in his comment, you could by default disable all locales on this section so your entry wouldn't be published in multiple locales.

You can do this by going to the settings of your section: Screenshot of disabled locales

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