I want to add HTML5 number type textfield in the form programmatically. I am building the form using hook_form(). I tried adding the code:-

$form['field_price']['#attributes']['type'] = 'number';

But it isnt working.

Is there any other work around for the same?

2 Answers 2


An alternative to using Element, and since theme_textfield() has a hardcoded value of type 'text', you may want to override theme_textfield() in your template.php. You can copy theme_textfield(), paste it in your theme's template.php and rename it, then make necessary changes. For example

(NB: I HAVEN'T tested this, so there may be some bugs):

function MYTHEME_textfield($variables) {
  $element = $variables['element'];
  if (isset($element['#attributes']['type'][0]) && $element['#attributes']['type'][0] == 'number'){
    $element['#attributes']['type'] = 'number';        
  } else {
    $element['#attributes']['type'] = 'text';
  element_set_attributes($element, array('id', 'name', 'value', 'size', 'maxlength'));
  _form_set_class($element, array('form-text'));

  $extra = '';
  if ($element['#autocomplete_path'] && !empty($element['#autocomplete_input'])) {
    drupal_add_library('system', 'drupal.autocomplete');
    $element['#attributes']['class'][] = 'form-autocomplete';

    $attributes = array();
    $attributes['type'] = 'hidden';
    $attributes['id'] = $element['#autocomplete_input']['#id'];
    $attributes['value'] = $element['#autocomplete_input']['#url_value'];
    $attributes['disabled'] = 'disabled';
    $attributes['class'][] = 'autocomplete';
    $extra = '<input' . drupal_attributes($attributes) . ' />';

  $output = '<input' . drupal_attributes($element['#attributes']) . ' />';

  return $output . $extra;

This will hardcode as type text any element that does not specifically have a key $form['field_name']['#attributes']['type'] = array('number');


Try Element module. it adds advance html5 elements to your form.

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