How to increase the length of the block title of a block?. By default its length is set to 64 characters. Please Help.


2 Answers 2


That will be tricky. Block titles can only be 64 character. You need to alter the database and make the title field for blocks longer.

Put this in a custom modules .install file.

function mymodule_schema_alter(&$schema) {
  // Change length of title field for block.
  $schema['block']['fields']'title'] = array(
    'type' => 'varchar',
    'length' => 128,
    'not null' => TRUE,
    'default' => '',
    'description' => 'Custom title for the block. (Empty string will use block default title, <none> will remove the title, text will cause block to use specified title.)',
    'translatable' => TRUE,

and then alter the block title maxlength attribute in a form alter

$form['block_settings']['title']['#maxlength'] = 128;

Another way is that you put your long title in the content of the block instead of using the "real" block title field.

In Drupal 7 I would hint you to checkout Bean module, but as this is Drupal 6 I'm not sure.

  • Although correct, it would be much better to use hook_schema_alter rather than a direct query :)
    – Chapabu
    Jul 31, 2013 at 13:14
  • I've updated the answer to use hook_schema_alter instead. Jul 31, 2013 at 13:20
  • 1
    Now you get an upvote ;-)
    – Chapabu
    Jul 31, 2013 at 13:21

I think this is a cleaner way of accomplishing this:

in mymodule.module:

function mymodule_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {
  if($form_id == 'block_admin_configure') {
    $form['settings']['title']['#maxlength'] = 128;

in mymodule.install:

function mymodule_update_1() {
  $alt_spec = array(
    'type' => 'varchar',
    'length' => 128,
    'not null' => FALSE,
  db_change_field('block', 'title', 'title', $alt_spec);

Credit goes to the commentors in this thread https://drupal.org/node/664834

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