We need a <button> instead of an input in our search-form. So I changed the markup accordingly using theme_form_alter:

function giga_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {
  if ($form_id == 'search_block_form') {
    $form['search_block_form']['#title'] = t('Search'); // Change the text on the label element
    $form['search_block_form']['#title_display'] = 'invisible'; // Toggle label visibilty
    $form['search_block_form']['#size'] = 40;  // define size of the textfield
    $form['search_block_form']['#default_value'] = t('Search'); // Set a default value for the textfield
    $form['actions']['submit'] = array(
      '#type'   => 'markup',
      '#prefix' => '<button type="submit" class="btn btn-primary">',
      '#suffix' => '</button>',
      '#markup' => '<i class="icon-search icon-white"></i>'
    $form['actions']['submit']['#executes_submit_callback'] = true;
    $form['actions']['#type'] = 'none';
    $form['#attributes']['class'][] = 'search-quick';

    // Alternative (HTML5) placeholder attribute instead of using the javascript
    $form['search_block_form']['#attributes']['placeholder'] = t('Search');

However, I can submit the form, but the search won't be processed. The page reloads and I'm not redirect to the search results. However when I remove $form['actions']['submit'] = array([…]); it all works fine.

I'm not quite sure what's going on here.

  • 1
    In order for the form to be submitted correctly the element needs to be a submit, button or image_button type. An element of type markup can never invoke a form submission as it doesn't make semantic sense. You can actually infer that from the docs for #executes_submit_callback themselves
    – Clive
    Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 11:09
  • Yes, to expand on what Clive said, a form array does two jobs: (1) telling the API what HTML to generate for a form, and (2) telling it how to process input from it. Your code is doing the first one without the other. Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 13:28

2 Answers 2


Try to use this:

Drupal 6:

 $form['actions']['submit']['#type'] = "Submit";

Drupal 7:

$form['actions']['submit'] = array(
  '#type'  => 'submit',

I just had the same problem. All the needed was adding this.

$form['actions']['submit'] = array(
  '#type'  => 'submit',

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