I've been researching this matter for a while with no clear answer yet.
So, here are a few questions ...

  1. I'm assuming (correct me if I'm wrong) that Drupal 7 doesn't support reset buttons. It appears, according to the form API (as discussed in Pro Drupal 7 Development), that all the buttons (input type="submit", button, and image_button) are by default submit buttons. There doesn't appear to be a way to override the defaults either.

    So, if I wanted to add functionality to my forms for my users to clear forms (if they choose), would I have to create a module?

  2. Would I be able to pull this off by using the general button type with executes_submit_callback set to false and by adding some type of Ajax function to the mousedown event?

** EDIT: I added the following to my hook_form_alter() **

$form['reset'] = array(
'#input' => TRUE,
'#name' => 'reset',
'#button_type' => 'reset',
'#executes_submit_callback' => FALSE,
'#limit_validation_errors' => TRUE,
'#process' => '',
'#theme_wrappers' => array('button'),

I got the following error message & warning:

Notice: Undefined index: #type in _form_builder_handle_input_element() (line 1949 of /var/www/vhosts/lae/drupal-7.11/includes/form.inc).

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in form_builder() (line 1763 of /var/www/vhosts/lae/drupal-7.11/includes/form.inc).

Is there a way to add the "reset" button type to the types of buttons without crashing the entire form.inc?

7 Answers 7


My preferred way to do this is.

Add the button to your form like so:

$form['options']['reset'] = array(
  '#type' => 'submit',
  '#value' => t('Reset'),
  '#submit' => array('MY_MODULE_FORM_ID_reset'),

Then create the reset function like so:

function MY_MODULE_FORM_ID_reset($form, &$form_state) {
  $form_state['rebuild'] = FALSE;

No Javascript, no markup.


Don't know of support in Form API for a reset button, but simple enough to add a form alter to add one.

MYMODULE_form_alter($form, $form_state, $form_id) {
  $form['resetbutton'] = array(
    '#markup' => '<button type="reset"/>',
    '#weight' => 1000
  return $form;
  • That was an awesome answer!!!!
    – dqfan2012
    Commented Apr 18, 2012 at 19:43
  • Do you know if there is a way to add that reset button to the actions div?
    – dqfan2012
    Commented Apr 18, 2012 at 20:07
  • 1
    Nevermind, I figured it out: $form['actions']['reset'] = array('#markup' => '<input id="reset" type="reset" value="reset" />', '#weight' => 1000);
    – dqfan2012
    Commented Apr 18, 2012 at 20:14
  • What is weird, however, is that after I hit SUBMIT on my form, the reset button no longer works. It works if a user has not hit the SUBMIT button. Weird
    – user785179
    Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 0:37
  • 1
    @user785179 form reset button resets the form fields to their original values, so after submit those fields will have value="something", and that value will be restored. Reset does not blank all fields.
    – Duncanmoo
    Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 7:49
function mymodule_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {

switch ($form_id) { 

case 'myform':
  $form['buttons']['reset_button'] = array(
    '#type' => 'markup',
    '#value' => '<input class="form-button" value="Reset" type="reset">',
    '#weight' => 2000,
 return $form;

This is 100% working:

$form['reset'] = array(
    '#type' => 'markup',
    '#markup' => '<input type="reset" value="Reset All Values" class="form-submit">',

Usually I give reset hyperlink which is pointing to current page URL using Markup form type.

When ever we click this link, it will refresh the page & will reset all the form elements. Else using javascript / Jquery we can reset the form elements by providing specific CSS Class / ID to that link.


None of the previous answers worked in the case I've been facing (views_exposed_form with BEF and ajax enabled). I had set up the reset button from BEF, but it was working only for one of my two views displays, whatever I tried...

I purpose another approach, in case it could help.

 * Implements hook_form_FORM_ID_alter().
function moduleName_form_views_exposed_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state) {

  if (isset($form_state['view']->current_display) && 'some_display' == $form_state['view']->current_display ) {

    $submit_btn_id = $form['submit']['#id'];
    if (!empty($submit_btn_id) && !empty($form['reset'])) {
      //avoid the know issue redirecting views resets to /node
      $form['#action'] = '/' . $_GET['q'];
      // Add own reset button
      $form['submit']['#suffix'] = '<input type="reset" onclick="javascript:jQuery(this.form).clearForm();jQuery(this.form).find(\'#' . $submit_btn_id . '\').trigger(\'click\');return false;">' . t('Reset') . '</input>';
      $form['submit']['#attributes']['class'][] = 'my-views-filter-submit';
      // Remove the original RESET button.

About the issue redirecting views resets to /node... onclick="history.go(0); is an alternative.

This was inspired by Julian blog add ajaxified reset button for views exposed filters but I had to adapt it substantially.


This is my way to add Reset button, hope you like it :D

$form['reset'] = array(
'#markup'   => '<input type="reset" class="form-submit" />',
'#title'    => 'Reset',
  • 2
    No - never do this. Always use the Form API.
    – Clive
    Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 9:51

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