I have two form submission buttons: the normal one and one added via hook_form_alter.

I'm currently using the normal default one as a save button which updates the node content as normal.

The second one which is called submit does the same thing, but will be changing a checkbox via $form_state prior to saving the node content.

The code I'm using is the following one:

function MYMODULE_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {

  if ($form_id == 'example_node_form') {

    $form['actions']['finishbutton'] = [
      '#type'   => 'submit',
      '#value'  => t('Submit'),
      '#submit' => array_merge($form['actions']['submit']['#submit'], ['custom_submit']),
      '#weight' => 99,

function custom_submit($form, &$form_state) {

  drupal_set_message(t('This works, but shows up after the node submit message'));

  // Shows after the node save message.

  // Doesn't update.
  $form_state['values']['field_nomination_submitted'][LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'] = 1;

My submission works, but the custom handler appears to be firing after the standard submission handler. Do I need to switch the array_merge order? Do I need to break this into separate functions? Do I potentially need to add a submit function inside of custom_submit?

  • 2
    Given the arguments passed to array_merge(), custom_submit() is put after the other submission handlers.
    – apaderno
    Nov 5, 2018 at 21:16
  • 1
    Yes, your function would need to fire first
    – Kevin
    Nov 5, 2018 at 21:20
  • Cool, apparently using [] syntax instead of Array() and switching the order works. Thank!. Nov 5, 2018 at 21:21
  • Maybe consider buying a PHPStorm license. And then configure it to follow Drupal coding standards. This will probably prevent you lots of headaches in the future.
    – leymannx
    Nov 5, 2018 at 21:42

1 Answer 1


Use [] syntax instead of Array() and switch the order ... that should work.

Credits: Shawn Matthews.

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