is there a way to configure a date form so it has no default value? Setting the default value to NULL sets the default value automatically to the current date.

   * @return array
  public function getFormFieldSampDate() {
    return [
      '#type' => 'date',
      '#title' => t('Date of Sampling '),
      '#default_value' => self::dateStringToArray($this->sampling_date),


  • Pretty simple, don't provide a #default_value key.
    – No Sssweat
    Commented Mar 28, 2019 at 15:01
  • That does not work for me. The API says: "The #default_value will be today's date if no value is supplied." Thats sounds like there can't be no default date?
    – Xyarvius
    Commented Mar 28, 2019 at 15:47

1 Answer 1


Step 1) Install Date module.

Step 2) Enable the Date Popup module (comes with the Date module).

Step 3) Add code like the following:

  $form['date'] = [
    '#date_label' => 'above',
    '#type' => 'date_popup',
    '#date_format' => 'm/d/Y',
    '#datepicker_options' => [
      // limits date picker so no future date can be picked.
      // remove this section if you want to allow future dates.
      'maxDate' => "+0D", 
    '#required' => TRUE,
    '#attributes' => [
      'autocomplete' => 'off',


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