I want to inject a checkbox within a preprocess function and I think it should be a renderable array.

What is the structure of a renderable array for a checkbox?


I use profile2 module and have created profile checkbox fields. While viewing profile currently the field are show as just text. I want to show it as disabled checkbox with state. So it is not within a form.

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Assuming that your render array is part of a form (outside of which a checkbox doesn't make a whole lot of sense), you would do it like this:

$form['checkbox'] = array(
  '#type' => 'checkbox',
  '#title' => 'Title',
  '#default_value' => 1, // Checked by default

Have a look at the checkbox type documentation for all of the available properties.


Just to add that render($form['checkbox']); also works perfectly outside of the form context using the above code; the correct checkbox element is rendered, but without the "name" and "id" attributes.

  • It is not within a form, I have edited the question. Please see the update.
    – Junaid
    Mar 14, 2012 at 10:43
  • @Junaid I've just tested it, the above works perfectly outside of the form context as well :)
    – Clive
    Mar 14, 2012 at 10:44
  • Thanks. It rendered :) . I have to make it as checked and disabled also, so I have '#default_value' => 1 and '#disabled' => TRUE. But not working! It shows in enabled unchecked state.
    – Junaid
    Mar 14, 2012 at 11:02
  • That'll be because it's not going through the normal processing that would happen if it was part of a form :/ Off the top of my head I can't think of a way around this except to implement a theme function for that specific checkbox which checks for the #disabled flag and sets up the correct markup accordingly
    – Clive
    Mar 14, 2012 at 11:08

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