function drupal_redirect_form

Redirects the user to a URL after a form has been processed.

After a form is submitted and processed, normally the user should be redirected to a new destination page. This function figures out what that destination should be, based on the $form_state array and the 'destination' query string in the request URL, and redirects the user there.

Usually (for exceptions, see below) $form_state['redirect'] determines where to redirect the user. This can be set either to a string (the path to redirect to), or an array of arguments for drupal_goto(). If $form_state['redirect'] is missing, the user is usually (again, see below for exceptions) redirected back to the page they came from, where they should see a fresh, unpopulated copy of the form.

Here is an example of how to set up a form to redirect to the path 'node':

$form_state['redirect'] = 'node';

And here is an example of how to redirect to 'node/123?foo=bar#baz':

$form_state['redirect'] = array(
    'query' => array(
      'foo' => 'bar',
    'fragment' => 'baz',

There are several exceptions to the "usual" behavior described above:

  • If $form_state['programmed'] is TRUE, the form submission was usually invoked via drupal_form_submit(), so any redirection would break the script that invoked drupal_form_submit() and no redirection is done.
  • If $form_state['rebuild'] is TRUE, the form is being rebuilt, and no redirection is done.
  • If $form_state['no_redirect'] is TRUE, redirection is disabled. This is set, for instance, by ajax_get_form() to prevent redirection in Ajax callbacks. $form_state['no_redirect'] should never be set or altered by form builder functions or form validation/submit handlers.
  • If $form_state['redirect'] is set to FALSE, redirection is disabled.
  • If none of the above conditions has prevented redirection, then the redirect is accomplished by calling drupal_goto(), passing in the value of $form_state['redirect'] if it is set, or the current path if it is not. drupal_goto() preferentially uses the value of $_GET['destination'] (the 'destination' URL query string) if it is present, so this will override any values set by $form_state['redirect']. Note that during installation, install_goto() is called in place of drupal_goto().


$form_state: An associative array containing the current state of the form.

See also



Related topics

2 calls to drupal_redirect_form()
drupal_process_form in drupal/includes/
Processes a form submission.
_batch_finished in drupal/includes/
Ends the batch processing.


drupal/includes/, line 1293
Functions for form and batch generation and processing.


function drupal_redirect_form($form_state) {

  // Skip redirection for form submissions invoked via drupal_form_submit().
  if (!empty($form_state['programmed'])) {

  // Skip redirection if rebuild is activated.
  if (!empty($form_state['rebuild'])) {

  // Skip redirection if it was explicitly disallowed.
  if (!empty($form_state['no_redirect'])) {

  // Only invoke drupal_goto() if redirect value was not set to FALSE.
  if (!isset($form_state['redirect']) || $form_state['redirect'] !== FALSE) {
    if (isset($form_state['redirect'])) {
      if (is_array($form_state['redirect'])) {
        call_user_func_array('drupal_goto', $form_state['redirect']);
      else {

        // This function can be called from the installer, which guarantees
        // that $redirect will always be a string, so catch that case here
        // and use the appropriate redirect function.
        $function = drupal_installation_attempted() ? 'install_goto' : 'drupal_goto';
    drupal_goto(current_path(), array(
      'query' => drupal_get_query_parameters(),