I have a view with exposed filters, in Drupal 8. I need to set the default value of a filter to its title or custom text. I also need to unset/remove the - Any - option from the select list.

How can I achieve this?

Here is my code:

    function bootstrap_barrio_subtheme_form_alter(&$form, FormStateInterface 
    $form_state, $form_id) {
        if ($form_state['view'] == 'office_locations_doctor_detail') {
            $form['field_doctor_reference_target_id_1']['#default_value'] = 
            'Select Doctor';

Cleared the cache and reload the page but nothing changed.

  • 3
    Welcome to Drupal Answers! đź‘‹ You can do that by implementing hook_form_alter in a custom module or theme. And then I think you simply have to set the '#default_value' of this element. Have you tried that already?
    – leymannx
    Apr 18, 2020 at 17:19

1 Answer 1


Try this:

 * Implements hook_form_BASE_FORM_ID_alter().
function bootstrap_barrio_subtheme_form_views_exposed_form_alter(&$form, FormStateInterface $form_state, $form_id) {
  if ( $form_state->get('view')->id() == 'office_locations_doctor_detail'){
     // Set the default value as tid not the name of term.
     // Change 'Select Doctor' by the tid of it.
    $form['field_doctor_reference_target_id_1']['#default_value'] = '1';
    // Remove - Any - option. 
  • Nothing is changed. Cleared the cache also. Apr 20, 2020 at 5:02
  • if nothing changed, make sure that your theme name is bootstrap_barrio_subtheme and change the view name from àrticles` to your view name office_locations_doctor_detail for example, and make sure also the your field machine name is field_doctor_reference_target_id_1
    – berramou
    Apr 20, 2020 at 9:20
  • check my update
    – berramou
    Apr 20, 2020 at 9:20
  • Checked, but no effect. Apr 24, 2020 at 16:07
  • 1
    I've achieved this by using Better Exposed Filter module. Apr 28, 2020 at 9:33

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