Why is my hook_node_validate implementation being called when I try to delete a node through the node editing form (by clicking the delete button at the bottom of form)? Validation fires and then my node doesn't get deleted which is not what I want.

I can delete without any problems when clicking on delete link at admin/content but not whenclicking delete button on node edit form since validation fires and fails. What could be the reason for validation firing here?

5 Answers 5


nmc is right, validate functions are called for delete button as well, see http://drupal.org/node/216064 for more details

  • 1
    And check out efflugentsia's answer on that thread to see that you can just set the new D7 FAPI element '#limit_validation_errors' to a blank array() to remove all validation an allow deletion. drupal.org/node/216064#comment-2658108
    – areynolds
    Dec 27, 2012 at 0:54

You could check the Triggering element in the Form State for the button that triggers the Form Submission.

function MYMODULE_node_validate($node , $form_state , $form) {
  if ($form_state['triggering_element']['#value'] != 'Delete') {
    //Include the validations here
  • I'm not sure this would work for a site that has been translated, but fine for English.
    – Eli Stone
    Sep 28, 2017 at 11:16

It's not invoked when deleting a node, basing on the code for node_delete_multiple(); the only functions called from that function that involve hooks are the following ones:

    node_invoke($node, 'delete');
    module_invoke_all('node_delete', $node);
    module_invoke_all('entity_delete', $node, 'node');
    field_attach_delete('node', $node);

The function is called from node_delete().

Looking at the code for node_delete_confirm_submit(), the form submission hander executed when a node is being deleted from the node edit form through the "Delete" button, I notice the following code:

$node = node_load($form_state['values']['nid']);

That would cause the implementations of hook_node_load() to be invoked, but as far as I can see, it would not cause hook_node_validate() (which is invoked from node_validate()) to be invoked.

  • Thanks for the confirmation, please see edited question. I don't know why my validation is firing when it's not supposed to.
    – nmc
    Aug 3, 2011 at 15:58

For fix that, you can do this:

function [mymodule]_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {
  // For articles for example:
  if ($form_id == 'article_node_form') {
    $form['#validate'][] = 'myfunction_for_validate_article';

function myfunction_for_validate_article($form, &$form_state) {
  // This only will be call on insert and update.

Source: http://befused.com/drupal/form-validation


In Drupal 7 you can suppress validation on all node edit Delete buttons with this code in a custom module:

 * Implements hook_form_FORM_ID_alter().
 * Suppress validation for Delete button.
function MYMODULE_form_node_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {
  $form['actions']['delete']['#limit_validation_errors'] = [];

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