How to use AJAX to fill in a date field from an entity selected using an entityref autocomplete field.

One of the things most startling about Drupal 8 is the lack of documentation or false documentation on many simple everyday tasks. I went looking for how to set a (date) field on an entity form when another entity was selected from an entity reference autocomplete field on that form. I found a slew of incorrect or incomplete answers including the official documentation on Here is my solution:

I have a date field on an Event entity. I have a second entity (Request) form with an autocomplete entity reference field to those Events. When i select an event from the autocomplete; I want the Event's date to be used as the default value in the date field on the Request form.

at the top of my custom module:

use Drupal\node\Entity\Node;
use Drupal\Core\Ajax\AjaxResponse;
use Drupal\Core\Ajax\InvokeCommand;

in my form_alter I have this:

$form['field_my_autocomplete_entityref']['widget'][0]['target_id']['#ajax'] = [
'callback' => '_mymodule_autofill_date',
'event' => 'autocompleteclose',

I then add the callback function in my custom module:

function _mymodule_autofill_date($form, $form_state) {
$eid = $form_state->getValue('field_my_autocomplete_entityref')[0]['target_id'];
$event = Node::load($eid);

// set Request date fields as same value set in Event
$start = $event->field_event_date->value;
$end = $event->field_event_date->end_value;

$response = new AjaxResponse();
$response->addCommand(new InvokeCommand('#edit-field-event-date-0-value-date', 'val', [$start]));
$response->addCommand(new InvokeCommand('#edit-field-event-date-0-end-value-date', 'val', [$end]));

return $response;

Hope this helps someone else out.

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