I'm trying to create a category through the api to import a load of datas, but I'm stuck, the category won't be saved, and the saveCategory() method just returns false

$category = new CategoryModel();
    'groupId'       =>  $this->category_group_id,
    'title'         =>  $data[0],
    'colorCode'     =>  $data[1],
    'colorPreview'  =>  $data[2]
$category->enabled = true;
$res = craft()->categories->saveCategory($category);

Can I get a glimpse of what's happening, or the error ?

Is there anything wrong in this code ? Does anyone have a good example/documentation for this ?

Thanks for your help.


1 Answer 1


You can get any validations errors on the category after you've attempted to save it with CategoryModel::getAllErrors() or \CModel::getErrors().

You're also setting the groupId on the Category's ContentModel, but this property is actually on the Category record itself as it sets the relationship directly.

$category = new CategoryModel();
$category->groupId = $this->category_group_id;

    'title' => $data[0],
    'colorCode' => $data[1],
    'colorPreview' => $data[2],

if (craft()->categories->saveCategory($category))
    return true;
    // dump the error messages
  • Hi Mike, thanks for the answer, this worked well to get all the errors. The title was causing the problem ("can't be null"). To fix it, I had to set the "title" property this ways : $category->getContent()->title = $data[0]; Is-it a normal behavior ? Nicolas Mar 9, 2015 at 14:33
  • Yes, the title and slug are defined on the ContentModel, so that different values can be stored for different locales. Mar 9, 2015 at 15:01
  • What if I had to set different values for different locales of the custom fields ? Mar 9, 2015 at 15:23

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