I Want to force a certain text format in a user profile text format field and hide the text format selector dropdown. How do i do it? This is for Drupal 8.

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Install the module Allowed Formats and configure the field to allow only one text format. Then the text format selector dropdown will no longer be displayed.

  • 1
    I was hoping to be able to do this without having to install a third-party module, but i'll try it, unless someone comes up with a different solution. Jun 22, 2017 at 10:11
  • There is no other solution.
    – user21641
    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:28
  • Well, that is unfortunate. i'll accept this one. Jun 22, 2017 at 10:32
  • I too prefer the D7 way but the D8 makes more sense from security POV.
    – user21641
    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:51
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    There is an issue in progress on D8 - drupal.org/project/drupal/issues/784672 Jan 18, 2019 at 8:15

Adapted from the Allowed Formats code:

use Drupal\Core\Form\FormStateInterface;

 * Implements hook_field_widget_form_alter().
function mymodule_field_widget_form_alter(&$element, FormStateInterface $form_state, $context) {
  // Maps field names to an array containing a single format.
  $map = [
    'field_myfield' => ['myformat'],

  $field_name = $context['items']->getFieldDefinition()->getName();

  if (array_key_exists($field_name, $map)) {
    $element['#allowed_formats'] = $map[$field_name];
    $element['#after_build'][] = '_remove_text_format_box';

 * #after_build callback.
function _remove_text_format_box($form_element, FormStateInterface $form_state) {
  // Remove help, guidelines and wrapper.

  return $form_element;

If you use the #allowed_formats value and limit it to just 1 value; then the selector will disappear. This is code to add your own custom field; but I assume you can do a form alter to set these for an existing (UI placed) field.

$form['message_text'] = [
  '#type' => 'text_format',
  '#format' => 'simple',
  '#allowed_formats' => ['simple'],
  '#title' => $this->t('Message Text:'),
  '#description' => $this->t('Some help text here.'),

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