How do I get the user Profile form? I tried the following:

$form = \Drupal::formBuilder()->getForm(ProfileForm::class);

but this results in :

Fatal error: Call to a member function getEntityTypeId() on null in /www/project/docroot/core/lib/Drupal/Core/Entity/EntityForm.php on line 77

5 Answers 5


Try this to load the user form programatically:

$user = \Drupal::currentUser();
$user_entity = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()

$formObject = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()
  ->getFormObject('user', 'default')

$form = \Drupal::formBuilder()->getForm($formObject);
  • I would refer this answer. This worked for me.
    – Pupil
    Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 9:36

You need to use it's namespace, like

use Drupal\user\ProfileForm;


$form = \Drupal::formBuilder()->getForm(ProfileForm::class);

Or prefix the class, like

$form = \Drupal::formBuilder()->getForm(Drupal\user\ProfileForm::class);

Or get it by 'name', like

 $form = \Drupal::formBuilder()->getForm('Drupal\user\ProfileForm');

To fix your error, you need to pass a user object there, like this (for the current user)

Drupal::formBuilder()->getForm(ProfileForm::class, Drupal::currentUser());
  • I am using it's namespace. I get the same results from all of those methods you posted. Would it make a difference that I'm trying to get it in a custom module controller?
    – Janey
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 22:01
  • ah - you probably need to pass the user ;) see my edit.
    – rémy
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 22:06

For entities like users use entityFormBuilder():

$form = $this->entityFormBuilder()->getForm($user);

entityFormBuilder() is available in all Controllers.

The first parameter is an entity, like node or user.

As second parameter you could choose a form. If empty 'default' is used and this is ProfileForm as defined in the user entity:

 *     "form" = {
 *       "default" = "Drupal\user\ProfileForm",
 *       "cancel" = "Drupal\user\Form\UserCancelForm",
 *       "register" = "Drupal\user\RegisterForm"
 *     },

This is how I did it in my custom controller:

class UserEditController extends ControllerBase {

   * Display the page content.
   * @return array
  public function content($user) {
    $entity = \Drupal::entityManager()

    $formObject = \Drupal::entityManager()
      ->getFormObject('user', 'default')

    $form = \Drupal::formBuilder()->getForm($formObject);

    return [
      '#theme' => 'template_user_edit_form',
      '#user_edit_form' => $form,

In the routing file I did:

   path: '/user/{user}/edit'
     _controller: '\Drupal\cusotm_module\Controller\UserEditController::content'
     _title: 'Update your profile'
     _permission: 'access content'

Big thanks to 4k4 who helped me getting the "default" to call the form !


Drupal 7

I suggest another approach that seems easier.

global $user;
$user = user_load($user->uid);
// Loading the module to have access to the form.
module_load_include('inc', 'user', 'user.pages');
// Get the form.
$user_form = drupal_get_form('user_profile_form', $user);
// Render the form.
return drupal_render($user_form);</code></pre>

With that you just have to know the $form_id by using hook_form_alter() and you can call all forms you want.

This solution is for Drupal 7.

  • The question is for Drupal 8.
    – apaderno
    Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 6:08
  • Thanks, I know the question is for D8, but for me, who is still stuck supporting a D7 system, it was helpful.
    – Duncanmoo
    Commented May 28, 2021 at 6:37

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