How can I redirect users in a custom module after saving a user account with $user->save()? It always goes to the user profile after saving and I want to redirect to a custom page.

function user_update_redirect(&$form, $form_state) {
  $value1 = $form_state->getValue('panel');
  $value2 = $form_state->getValue('type_of_user');
  $storage = \Drupal::service('entity_type.manager')->getStorage('taxonomy_term');
  $user = \Drupal::currentUser();
  $user = user_load($user->id());
  $user->set('field_panel', $value1);
  $user->set('field_type_of_user', $value2);

4 Answers 4


I suppose you want to remain on your site when redirecting. I don't recommend hardcoded URL's anywhere else but in route.yml files. Call the right service and don't forget to use dependency injection in your services and don't use a trait or directly call it from the container.

  private function redirect(string $route) {
    $path = $this->container->get('url_generator')->getPathFromRoute($route);
    return new RedirectResponse($path);
  • The OP is showing the code of a form submission handler. It's not clear how a form submission could use the code shown here.
    – apaderno
    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:07
  • Well OP's code snippet does not tell much what the context is. So it's hard to tell how he should exactly use this.
    – ssibal
    Feb 4, 2019 at 13:58
  • user_update_redirect(&$form, $form_state) could be either a form submission or a form validation handler. Given the OP is saving a user account inside it, it's probable it's a form submission handler. In any case, using $form_state it's possible to redirect the users without creating any redirect response.
    – apaderno
    Feb 4, 2019 at 14:15
  • 1
    Welcome to Drupal Answer! Thank you for your answer. Please try to elaborate it a bit. Why this snippet, how to use it, in what function, what is $redirect_path? One-line answers don't provide that much of a value for future readers. Thanks! And keep up the good work.
    – leymannx
    Oct 5, 2018 at 10:15

After $user->save(); add

  $url = Url::fromRoute('route.name');
  $response = new RedirectResponse($url->toString());
  // $response = '/some/path';
  $response = new \Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\RedirectResponse($response);

  • 3
    You don't want to be sending your own response in the middle of form processing - unpredictable things can happen
    – Clive
    Oct 5, 2018 at 13:12

In user_update_redirect(), which gets a FormState object, you can call one of the following methods.

FormState::setRedirect() is preferable when the redirecting URL is associated with a route, such as in the case of nodes, user accounts, or other entities. In the other cases, such as redirecting to external URLs, FormState::setRedirectUrl() is the method to use.

Returning a RedirectResponse object in a form submission handler doesn't have any effect. The method calling (FormSubmitter::executeSubmitHandlers) the form submission handlers discard the value returned from them.

  $handlers = $form_state->getSubmitHandlers();

  // Otherwise, check for a form-level handler.
  if (!$handlers && !empty($form['#submit'])) {
    $handlers = $form['#submit'];
  foreach ($handlers as $callback) {

    // Check if a previous _submit handler has set a batch, but make sure we
    // do not react to a batch that is already being processed (for instance
    // if a batch operation performs a
    //  \Drupal\Core\Form\FormBuilderInterface::submitForm()).
    if (($batch =& $this->batchGet()) && !isset($batch['id'])) {

      // Some previous submit handler has set a batch. To ensure correct
      // execution order, store the call in a special 'control' batch set.
      // See _batch_next_set().
      $batch['sets'][] = [
        'form_submit' => $callback,
      $batch['has_form_submits'] = TRUE;
    else {
      call_user_func_array($form_state->prepareCallback($callback), [

Calling RedirectResponse::send() from a from submission handler would just interrupt what Drupal is doing when processing a form, including calling other form submission handlers and other hooks.

In the case there is the need to use FormState::setRedirectUrl(), the Url object should be built from Url::fromUserInput() only when the relative URI was given by user input (for example, when users fill a setting form for giving a redirect path). For an external URL well known from the module implementing the form submission handler, Url::fromUri() should be used.

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