I am working with a form which contains list of checkboxes based on country. checkboxes are rendered correctly. But on submit, I don't get checkboxes' correct values. It always gets submitted as NOT CHECKED. My code is as below:

    foreach($fields as $id=>$title) {
          $form['test'.$code]['fields-'.$code] = array(
              '#type' => 'checkboxes',
              '#options' => drupal_map_assoc(array_keys($fields)),
              '#title' => t('Title'),
              '#attributes' => array('name' => 'field-'.$code.'-'.$id),

    function config_submit($form, &$form_state) {

outputs :

array (size=13)
  'fields-dk' => 
    array (size=7)
      'title' => int 0
      'reason' => int 0
      'doc-reference' => int 0
      'description' => int 0
      'upload-claim-file' => int 0
      'product-detail' => int 0
      'barcode-num' => int 0

Why is it returning always as 0? What am I missing?

  • I'm not sure why you're using "checkboxes" for a yes/no, usually one would use a simple checkbox element.
    – user52318
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 7:31
  • @Vicky8888, its not Yes/No.. Its a list of fields. User can select which fields he wants to display.
    – meen
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 7:56
  • When you use #options on a FAPI element the value passed to the $form_state is the array key, so you don't need to use array_keys().
    – user52318
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 7:56
  • @Vicky8888, I have just manipulated the array there to get expected titles for checkboxes
    – meen
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 8:53

2 Answers 2


While we can't see how your form is built completely, it might be that your custom attributes are affecting the element "name" in the form state.

i.e change

'#attributes' => array('name' => 'field-'.$code.'-'.$id),


'#attributes' => array('data-name' => 'field-'.$code.'-'.$id),
  • Hey, this does not give me 1 if checked but returns data-name if checkbox is selected... So now I can differentiate checked and non-checked checkboxes in Backend. Thanks.
    – meen
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 9:04
  • Sounds like you're using JS or Ajax somewhere on the form? In any case, glad that helped. Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 9:15
  • No JS or Ajax is used. Its simple configuration page.
    – meen
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 9:18
  • Ok, keep in mind checkboxes doesn't always return 1 for the value, it will return the key as the value instead of 0 Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 9:20

Please verify the submission data with below:



foreach($form_state['values']['checkboxes'] as $key=>$value){
  // your logic

I have used the below form field for checkbox

$form['checkboxes'] = array(
      '#type' => 'tableselect',
      '#header' => $build_table['#header'],
      '#options' => $build_table['#rows'],
      '#empty' => t('No records found.')
  • it does not work :(
    – meen
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 8:54

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