I'm trying to programmatically set the default value (#default_value) on a textfield added via CCK. This field is in a field group. Here is my code:

 * Implements hook_form_id_form_alter().
function EXAMPLE_form_profile_node_form_alter(&$form, $form_state) {
  // We need to jump into a CCK field, so say we all.
  $form['#after_build'][] = 'EXAMPLE_form_profile_node_form_after_build';

function EXAMPLE_form_profile_node_form_after_build($form, &$form_state) {
  $form['group_company_profile']['field_pro_name']['#default_value'][0]['value'] = t('test');

  return $form;

I've tried various other points in the array and nothing seems to work. Both CCK and my module are weight 0. I must be missing something super obvious...?

UPDATE: One mistake was the field name. It should be field_pro_name. Updated above. It's still not working. Interestingly, I can use the after build to change the field title with:

$form['group_company_profile']['field_pro_name'][0]['value']['#title'] = 'ttt';

However, none of these changes the default value:

// In form alter:
$form['group_company_profile']['field_pro_name'][0]['#default_value']['value'] = 'ttt';
$form['group_company_profile']['field_pro_name'][0]['value']['#default_value'] = 'ttt';

// In after build:
$form['group_company_profile']['field_pro_name'][0]['value']['#default_value'] = 'ttt';
$form['group_company_profile']['field_pro_name'][0]['#default_value']['value'] = 'ttt';

You should be able to do something like this:

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

  if ($form_id=='profile_node_form') {
    $form['group_company_profile']['field_pro_type'][0]['#default_value']['value'] = 'hello world';

  // all other form alters here...



function EXAMPLE_form_profile_node_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state) {

  $form['group_company_profile']['field_pro_type'][0]['#default_value']['value'] = 'hello world';


directly from whichever form_alter() style you like.

  • Thanks for this, but it did not work. I verified the alter is firing. – Justin Aug 3 '12 at 15:17
  • Ok, it worked here so something must be different between systems :( – Jimajamma Aug 3 '12 at 15:20
  • I did just notice a cut and paste type in my answer (didn't have a closing ] after 'field_pro_type' that I just fixed :) – Jimajamma Aug 3 '12 at 15:22
  • Thanks! Re: typo, I submitted an edit for that. Guess it's not needed. Also, it works for you? Grrr! Thank you very much for trying, will dig deeper. :) – Justin Aug 3 '12 at 15:26
  • Yah, none of that array exists in the form_alter, which is (I thought) expected, since it's CCK. – Justin Aug 3 '12 at 15:29

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