I have a simple form with a multiple file upload field. I am trying to validate the documents against extensions and file size. The validation seems to work, but now if I don't select any file (field is not required), the validation fails and I get an error:

Fatal error: Call to a member function getError() on a non-object in /home/www/test/core/modules/file/file.module on line 726

Here is my validation function:

public function validateForm(array &$form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {

  $validators = array(
    'file_validate_extensions' => array('pdf doc docx xls xlsx txt jpg jpeg png gif'),
    'file_validate_size' => array(7 * 1024 * 1024), // 7MB file size limit

  /** @var File[] $documents */
  $documents = file_save_upload('documents_upload', $validators, 'public://');
  $error = false;
  if(null !== $documents) {

    foreach($documents as $i => $document) {
      if ($document === FALSE) {
        $error = true;

    if ($error === true) {
      $form_state->setErrorByName('documents_upload', 'Error: could not upload file.');

Any idea?

  • No code, no answer.
    – user21641
    Aug 29, 2015 at 19:04

1 Answer 1


This happened to me today. After some research it's appear that Drupal8 have a bug with empty file form element when this one is multiple.

The file_save_upload function expects an array looks like this when element is empty :

 ['form_field_name' => NULL]

But actually for an empty multiple file form element the array is:

 ['form_field_name' => [0 => NULL]]

So the condition check for an empty value and fail. The code continue until it try to use getError() on a null value.

Here is a function to check if a file were uploaded or not. You can use it in the validateForm callback of your form class or in a hook.

function isFileUploaded($form_field_name) {
  $all_files = \Drupal::request()->files->get('files', array());

  return isset($all_files[$form_field_name]) &&
    !empty($all_files[$form_field_name]) &&
    NULL !== reset($all_files[$form_field_name]);

It's not very pretty but it'll work until they fix that bug.

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