My forms dont seem to have tags wrapping them in my templates. What am I doing wrong here?

I have a template whith some calls to theme() inside it. Two of these are forms with their own template. This template is called from a block_view().

my modules block function:

$form = drupal_get_form('stappenoverzicht_appointment_form');
  $reset = drupal_get_form('stappenoverzicht_reset_form');

  $block['content'] = theme('overzicht', array('status' => $status, 'links' =>$links, 'form' => $form, 'reset' => $reset));

my modules theme function:

$return['overzicht'] = array(
'variables' => array('status' => array(), 'links' => array(), 'form' => null, 
 'reset'      => null),
'template' => 'templates/dashboard--stappen-overzicht',
    'render element' => 'form',


$return['appointment'] = array(
        'arguments' => array('form' => NULL),
        'render element' => 'form',
        'template' => 'templates/form--appointment',
$return['reset'] = array(
    'arguments' => array('form' => null),
    'render element' => 'form',
    'template' => 'templates/form--reset',
return $return;

base tpl:

<div class="appointment-container">
   <?php print theme('appointment', array('form' => $form));?>
<div class="reset-button-container">
   <?php print theme('reset', array('form' => $reset));?>


<div class="reset-submit-btn">
       <?php print drupal_render($form['submit']);?>
  <i><?php print drupal_render($form['description']);?></i>
print drupal_render_children($form);

I came across this Render form in template answere here, but I want to manipulate the wrapping html as shown in the reset template.

  • If you don't pass the form array through drupal_get_form or relevant function that builds the form array (by adding CSRF tokens, etc), you won't see any form tags which I believe is the case here.
    – AKS
    Commented Sep 13, 2014 at 12:55
  • Sorry, I should have mentioned this is all called from within a block_view(). Also if I just add print render($form) in the tempklate it works as normal. I have editted my question.
    – Akko
    Commented Sep 13, 2014 at 13:14

2 Answers 2


your module should be like this:

function yourmodule_menu()
    $items = array();
    $items['path/to/form'] = array(
        'title' => 'Page Title',
        'description' => 'Page Description',
        'page callback' => 'drupal_get_form',
        'page arguments' => array('yourmodule_form_function'),
        'type' => MENU_NORMAL_ITEM,

function yourmodule_form_function()
   //build form api here as array
   //return array

Hope this helps you!

  • However if this is going through the theme engine it may be slightly different though the principle is the same Commented Sep 13, 2014 at 13:03
  • Thanks Jimmy, this is indeed how I would normally do this. However my code is called within a hook_block_view. The block is then put inside a panel.
    – Akko
    Commented Sep 13, 2014 at 13:17
  • look here: drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/15152/form-within-a-block it uses drupal_render(drupal_get_form('yourmodule_form_function')) Commented Sep 13, 2014 at 13:20

Just create a form

    function testform(&$form,$form_state){
    $form['description'] = array(
        '#type' => 'textfield',
        '#title' => t('Description'),
        '#default_value' => '',

    return $form;


Now in menu you can use theme function


And in your template file form can be used this way

print $myform;

Hope it will work for you.

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