My scenario looks as follow: I have a form element of checkboxes, e.g. 3. If the rightmost checkbox is marked, the other 2 are greyed out and so on. I don't know how to do this, because if I use the #disabled property all of them are greyed out.

I thought about to make several single checkboxes of type #checkbox and use an ajax call and look at the $form_state and rerender all of them as single ones (disable them then etc.). But there is a problem that I use a form in a drupal block, and I haven't got the &$form_state as a parameter of the function.

What is the best method to do this?

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    – Mołot
    Aug 20 '14 at 12:18
  • I'm note sure to understand (without illustration). You want to disable all the other checkboxes when ONE is checked? So you can't have more than one checkbox checked? Is that correct?
    – Djouuuuh
    Aug 20 '14 at 12:21
  • No, if I have e.g. three checkboxes: low, middle, high and I check high, then low and middle is disabled. If middle is checked, only low is disabled etc.
    – pfu
    Aug 20 '14 at 12:23
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    If you want to disable checkbox after selecting one then why not use radios.
    Aug 20 '14 at 12:28
  • Yeah, a mutually exclusive checkbox group is a radio group. No point re-inventing the wheel here, use the elements as they were designed to be used
    – Clive
    Aug 20 '14 at 12:37

This question is not exactly related to drupal.

Still you can use jQuery to make it work.

Just get the wrapper class of parent element

jQuery('#edit-field-hobby-und .form-checkbox').click(function(){
  jQuery("#edit-field-hobby-und .form-checkbox").each(function(){


Here form-checkbox is the class of the checkboxes and edit-field-hobby-und is the id of its wrapper.

Hope it will help!

  • Ok with JQuery I'm certain that it works, unfortunately that there is no native drupal way. Thank you
    – pfu
    Aug 20 '14 at 12:43
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    There's no 'native Drupal way' because it wouldn't make sense to have it - the behaviour you're trying to squeeze out of checkboxes is what radios are for
    – Clive
    Aug 20 '14 at 12:45
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    You are probably right, I was to focused on checkboxes~ radios are certainly the answer to solve the problem thanks
    – pfu
    Aug 20 '14 at 12:49

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