I'd like to add additional fields to the user profile. I'd like user to be able to edit almost all the information I store in the database about him. I have some ideas: maybe it's possible to do using form api.


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A way to add user fields by code so you can put this in your module.

I have found this: field_create_field with in the comments a way to create a field for your user upon enabling your module:

 * Implementation of hook_enable().
function MYMODULE_enable() {
  // Check if our field is not already created.
  if (!field_info_field('field_myField')) {
    $field = array(
        'field_name' => 'field_myField', 
        'type' => 'text', 

    // Create the instance on the bundle.
    $instance = array(
        'field_name' => 'field_myField', 
        'entity_type' => 'user', 
        'label' => 'My Field Name', 
        'bundle' => 'user', 
        // If you don't set the "required" property then the field wont be required by default.
        'required' => TRUE,
        'settings' => array(
           // Here you inform either or not you want this field showing up on the registration form.
            'user_register_form' => 1,
        'widget' => array(
            'type' => 'textfield',
            'weight' => '1',
  • 1
    I found this very useful page which explains how to export fields that were created with the UI. This export can then be used with field_create_field and field_create_instance to do everything programmatically
    – Whiskey
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 8:22
  • Thanks, this was very useful - have an idea how to auto assign the weight as well? Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 13:15
  • you can add 'weight' => '1', to the widget array in the $instance I'll add it in my answer.
    – FLY
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 14:23
  • For complex cases, it is useful to first add the field manually on /admin/config/people/accounts/fields, then use Field Inspector on /admin/config/development/field-inspector to export the field and field instance definition arrays for use in code like the above.
    – tanius
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 11:21
  • To keep DB clean, you may also want to implement an hook_uninstall to delete the field. function MYMODULE_uninstall() {field_delete_field('field_myField');}
    – dxvargas
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 15:08

I found the page hard to find, but at /admin/config/people/accounts/fields you can add fields to users.

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    Thank you, but can i do it using form api? I need more functionality.
    – Alexey
    Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 11:08
  • what is it you want to do, that isn't possible with fields?
    – Attiks
    Commented Aug 3, 2011 at 16:13
  • I already created my own fields in the Drupal table users. "Fields" create new fields outside the table users.
    – Alexey
    Commented Aug 9, 2011 at 13:29
  • that's how drupal works, why do you want to store the fields inside the users table?
    – Attiks
    Commented Aug 11, 2011 at 11:21
  • It's more conveniente way to do it in my opinion. By the way in order to add extra fields i use hook_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id)
    – Alexey
    Commented Aug 11, 2011 at 12:23

Profile in D7 is a bit weird. The profile2 module may do what you need.


In Drupal 7, use this process to add a new or existing field with different field types (such as Image, Tags field etc.) to the user profile:

  1. Enable the Field UI module.

  2. Go to "Admin → Configuration → People: Account settings" in the admin menu, and then to "Manage fields" (the second tab).

    (Alternatively, use the direct path in the URL: /admin/config/people/accounts/fields).

  3. Fill out the "Add new field" or "Add existing field" line at the bottom of the form and click "Save".


Which kind of fields do you want to add?

  • If this is a social networking site and you are adding privacy settings fields, use the Privacy Per User module.
  • If you wants to add tabs or accordion fields, use the field_group module to add new groups on the user account fields (URL: /admin/config/people/accounts/fields).
  • And if you want different fields for different roles, use the profile2 module.

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