4.6.x filter.module filter_form($name = 'format', $value = FILTER_FORMAT_DEFAULT)
4.7.x filter.module filter_form($value = FILTER_FORMAT_DEFAULT, $weight = NULL, $parents = array('format'))
5.x filter.module filter_form($value = FILTER_FORMAT_DEFAULT, $weight = NULL, $parents = array('format'))
6.x filter.module filter_form($value = FILTER_FORMAT_DEFAULT, $weight = NULL, $parents = array('format'))

Generates a selector for choosing a format in a form.


$value: The ID of the format that is currently selected; uses the default format if not provided.

$weight: The weight of the form element within the form.

$parents: The parents array of the element. Required when defining multiple text formats on a single form or having a different parent than 'format'.

Return value

Form API array for the form element.

See also


Related topics

4 calls to filter_form()
block_box_form in modules/block/block.module
Define the custom block form.
comment_form in modules/comment/comment.module
Generate the basic commenting form, for appending to a node or display on a separate page.
node_body_field in modules/node/node.pages.inc
Return a node body field, with format and teaser.
user_edit_form in modules/user/user.module


modules/filter/filter.module, line 488
Framework for handling filtering of content.


function filter_form($value = FILTER_FORMAT_DEFAULT, $weight = NULL, $parents = array(
)) {
  $value = filter_resolve_format($value);
  $formats = filter_formats();
  $extra = theme('filter_tips_more_info');
  if (count($formats) > 1) {
    $form = array(
      '#type' => 'fieldset',
      '#title' => t('Input format'),
      '#collapsible' => TRUE,
      '#collapsed' => TRUE,
      '#weight' => $weight,
      '#element_validate' => array(

    // Multiple formats available: display radio buttons with tips.
    foreach ($formats as $format) {

      // Generate the parents as the autogenerator does, so we will have a
      // unique id for each radio button.
      $parents_for_id = array_merge($parents, array(
      $form[$format->format] = array(
        '#type' => 'radio',
        '#title' => $format->name,
        '#default_value' => $value,
        '#return_value' => $format->format,
        '#parents' => $parents,
        '#description' => theme('filter_tips', _filter_tips($format->format, FALSE)),
        '#id' => form_clean_id('edit-' . implode('-', $parents_for_id)),
  else {

    // Only one format available: use a hidden form item and only show tips.
    $format = array_shift($formats);
    $form[$format->format] = array(
      '#type' => 'value',
      '#value' => $format->format,
      '#parents' => $parents,
    $tips = _filter_tips(variable_get('filter_default_format', 1), FALSE);
    $form['format']['guidelines'] = array(
      '#title' => t('Formatting guidelines'),
      '#value' => theme('filter_tips', $tips, FALSE, $extra),
  $form[] = array(
    '#value' => $extra,
  return $form;


lcampanis’s picture

To have a multiple textareas with input formats available for more than one textarea in your module, the input format, when declared, needs to know its parent(s), so it can look for a textarea inside that scope. When you have more than one textarea and need an input format, consider doing the following:

// first textarea
$form['scope1']['scope1.1']['text'] = array('#type' => 'textarea',
										'#title'   => t('A title'),
 										'#weight' => 2,
									); // notice weight == 2
$form['scope1']['scope1.1']['format'] = filter_form(2, 3, array('scope1','scope1.1')); // to integrate wysiwyg

// second textarea
$form['scope2']['scope2.1']['text'] = array('#type' => 'textarea',
										'#title'   => t('A title'),
 								 		'#weight' => 8,
									); // notice weight == 8
$form['scope2']['scope2.1']['format'] = filter_form(2, 9, array('scope2','scope2.1')); // to integrate wysiwyg

What you need to watch here are the weights. For your input format to appear under the designated textarea, it needs to have the next consecutive weight.


sbayne’s picture

My form has the tree attribute set:


And I found I had to make my filter_form call a little differently, where you had:

$form['scope2']['scope2.1']['format'] = filter_form(2, 9, array('scope2','scope2.1'));

I had to set it to something like:

$form['scope2']['scope2.1']['format'] = filter_form(2, 9, array('scope2','scope2.1','format'));

or else my $form_state got spurious values in the related textarea field.

d.sandip59’s picture

How can i use multiple textareas with input formats available with same "field set"?
I have used it, but it does not work:-

$form['field3']['field1'] = array(
'#type' => 'textarea',
'#default_value' => $myfield1['value'],
// ...
$form['field3']['format'] = filter_form(FILTER_FORMAT_DEFAULT, 4, array('field1_format'));
$form['field3']['field2'] = array(
'#type' => 'textarea',
'#default_value' => $myfield1['value'],
// ...
$form['field3']['format'] = filter_form(FILTER_FORMAT_DEFAULT, 5);

Mark Vincent Verallo’s picture

What's the equivalent function for this in Drupal 7?

Draknek’s picture

It looks like you use filter_process_format in Drupal 7: http://api.drupal.org/api/drupal/modules--filter--filter.module/function...

djbass’s picture

I can't see how that operates as an equivelent, or at least the documentation is obscure about it.

gagarine’s picture

It doesn't work the same. In fact they are a new for element "text_format", see http://drupal.org/update/modules/6/7#text_format