I'm trying to make the user creation form redirect back to the home page when you submit it. I'm using Content Profiles so it is two forms sharing a submit button. Even if I set #redirect = '/' on both forms the form always redirects back to itself. It works and everything, but won't redirect how I want.

Any ideas?


function mymodule_form_alter(&$form, $form_state, $form_id) {
      switch ($form_id) {
        case 'user_register':
        $form['#redirect'] = '/';
        case 'coordinator_node_form':
        $form['#redirect'] = '/';           
  • Can we see the code you're using?
    – jordojuice
    Commented Sep 14, 2011 at 21:56
  • There ya go. Hopefully you spot something.
    – Joren
    Commented Sep 14, 2011 at 22:07

2 Answers 2


There are two facts to keep in consideration about $form['#redirect']:

  • $form_state['#redirect'], set in a form submission handler, takes the precedence over $form['#redirect'].
  • $form['#redirect'] and $form_state['#redirect'] are ignored for forms where "#action" has been set by a module. That is what happen with the user login form.
  • $form['#redirect'] and $form_state['#redirect'] are ignored when $_REQUEST['destination'] is set; its value is instead used.

If you want to redirect a form, and be sure it gets redirected to the path you set, you should implement hook_form_alter() to add a form submission handler that alters $form_state['#redirect']. The module implementing that hook should be executed after other modules that alter $form_state['#redirect'] for that module.
This doesn't have any effect, though, in the last two cases I listed before.

  • So is there any downside to my solution? Unsetting destination in hook_form_alter seems to work, but are there situations in which it won't work?
    – Joren
    Commented Sep 15, 2011 at 18:07
  • The "downside" is that you cannot be sure the user is effectively redirected to the page you want; it's enough another module adds a submission handler, and it sets $form_state['#redirect'].
    – apaderno
    Commented Sep 15, 2011 at 18:54
  • So how do I redirect a form that has the action set?
    – Joren
    Commented Sep 15, 2011 at 22:19
  • You unset $form['#action'].
    – apaderno
    Commented Sep 15, 2011 at 22:43
  • @kiamlaluno, thanks for the insight but where is all this information present in the FAPI documentation at Drupal site?
    – AgA
    Commented Dec 26, 2011 at 18:17

Ok after much digging I found the answer here: http://drupal.org/node/934664

Apparently destination overwrites #redirect so I just unset destination and it works.


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