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7 – 8 form_state_values_clean(&$form_state)

Removes internal Form API elements and buttons from submitted form values.

This function can be used when a module wants to store all submitted form values, for example, by serializing them into a single database column. In such cases, all internal Form API values and all form button elements should not be contained, and this function allows to remove them before the module proceeds to storage. Next to button elements, the following internal values are removed:

  • form_id
  • form_token
  • form_build_id
  • op


$form_state A keyed array containing the current state of the form, including submitted form values; altered by reference.

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▾ 6 functions call form_state_values_clean()

filter_admin_format_form_submit in modules/filter/
Process text format form submissions.
form_test_form_state_values_clean_form_submit in modules/simpletest/tests/form_test.module
Form submit handler for form_state_values_clean() test form.
path_admin_form_submit in modules/path/
Save a URL alias to the database.
system_settings_form_submit in modules/system/system.module
Execute the system_settings_form.
user_profile_form_submit in modules/user/
Submit function for the user account and profile editing form.
user_register_submit in modules/user/user.module
Submit handler for the user registration form.


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function form_state_values_clean(&$form_state) {
  // Remove internal Form API values.
  unset($form_state['values']['form_id'], $form_state['values']['form_token'], $form_state['values']['form_build_id'], $form_state['values']['op']);

  // Remove button values.
  // form_builder() collects all button elements in a form. We remove the button
  // value separately for each button element.
  foreach ($form_state['buttons'] as $button) {
    // Remove this button's value from the submitted form values by finding
    // the value corresponding to this button.
    // We iterate over the #parents of this button and move a reference to
    // each parent in $form_state['values']. For example, if #parents is:
//   array('foo', 'bar', 'baz')
    // then the corresponding $form_state['values'] part will look like this:
    // array(
//   'foo' => array(
//     'bar' => array(
//       'baz' => 'button_value',
//     ),
//   ),
    // )
    // We start by (re)moving 'baz' to $last_parent, so we are able unset it
    // at the end of the iteration. Initially, $values will contain a
    // reference to $form_state['values'], but in the iteration we move the
    // reference to $form_state['values']['foo'], and finally to
    // $form_state['values']['foo']['bar'], which is the level where we can
    // unset 'baz' (that is stored in $last_parent).
    $parents = $button['#parents'];
    $values = &$form_state['values'];
    $last_parent = array_pop($parents);
    foreach ($parents as $parent) {
      $values = &$values[$parent];