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6 drupal_rebuild_form($form_id, &$form_state, $args, $form_build_id = NULL)
7 – 8 drupal_rebuild_form($form_id, &$form_state, $old_form = NULL)

Constructs a new $form from the information in $form_state.

This is the key function for making multi-step forms advance from step to step. It is called by drupal_process_form() when all user input processing, including calling validation and submission handlers, for the request is finished. If a validate or submit handler set $form_state['rebuild'] to TRUE, and if other conditions don't preempt a rebuild from happening, then this function is called to generate a new $form, the next step in the form workflow, to be returned for rendering.

Ajax form submissions are almost always multi-step workflows, so that is one common use-case during which form rebuilding occurs. See ajax_form_callback() for more information about creating Ajax-enabled forms.


$form_id The unique string identifying the desired form. If a function with that name exists, it is called to build the form array. Modules that need to generate the same form (or very similar forms) using different $form_ids can implement hook_forms(), which maps different $form_id values to the proper form constructor function. Examples may be found in node_forms(), search_forms(), and user_forms().

$form_state A keyed array containing the current state of the form.

$old_form (optional) A previously built $form. Used to retain the #build_id and #action properties in Ajax callbacks and similar partial form rebuilds. The only properties copied from $old_form are the ones which both exist in $old_form and for which $form_state['rebuild_info']['copy'][PROPERTY] is TRUE. If $old_form is not passed, the entire $form is rebuilt freshly. 'rebuild_info' needs to be a separate top-level property next to 'build_info', since the contained data must not be cached.

Return value

The newly built form.

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▾ 2 functions call drupal_rebuild_form()

drupal_build_form in includes/form.inc
Build and process a form based on a form id.
drupal_process_form in includes/form.inc
Processes a form submission.


includes/form.inc, line 441

function drupal_rebuild_form($form_id, &$form_state, $old_form = NULL) {
  $form = drupal_retrieve_form($form_id, $form_state);

  // If only parts of the form will be returned to the browser (e.g., Ajax or
  // RIA clients), re-use the old #build_id to not require client-side code to
  // manually update the hidden 'build_id' input element.
  // Otherwise, a new #build_id is generated, to not clobber the previous
  // build's data in the form cache; also allowing the user to go back to an
  // earlier build, make changes, and re-submit.
  // @see drupal_prepare_form()
  if (isset($old_form['#build_id']) && !empty($form_state['rebuild_info']['copy']['#build_id'])) {
    $form['#build_id'] = $old_form['#build_id'];
  else {
    $form['#build_id'] = 'form-' . drupal_hash_base64(uniqid(mt_rand(), TRUE) . mt_rand());

  // #action defaults to request_uri(), but in case of Ajax and other partial
  // rebuilds, the form is submitted to an alternate URL, and the original
  // #action needs to be retained.
  if (isset($old_form['#action']) && !empty($form_state['rebuild_info']['copy']['#action'])) {
    $form['#action'] = $old_form['#action'];

  drupal_prepare_form($form_id, $form, $form_state);

  // Caching is normally done in drupal_process_form(), but what needs to be
  // cached is the $form structure before it passes through form_builder(),
  // so we need to do it here.
  // @todo For Drupal 8, find a way to avoid this code duplication.
  if (empty($form_state['no_cache'])) {
    form_set_cache($form['#build_id'], $form, $form_state);

  // Clear out all group associations as these might be different when
  // re-rendering the form.
  $form_state['groups'] = array();

  // Return a fully built form that is ready for rendering.
  return form_builder($form_id, $form, $form_state);