checkbox Field Type

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checkbox Field Type

Creates a single input checkbox. This should always be used for a field that has a boolean value: if the box is checked, the field will be set to true, if the box is unchecked, the value will be set to false.

Rendered as input checkbox field
Options
Overridden options
Inherited options
Parent type form
Class CheckboxType

Example Usage

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$builder->add('public', 'checkbox', array(
    'label'    => 'Show this entry publicly?',
    'required' => false,
));

Field Options

value

type: mixed default: 1

The value that's actually used as the value for the checkbox or radio button. This does not affect the value that's set on your object.

Caution

To make a checkbox or radio button checked by default, use the data option.

Overridden Options

compound

type: boolean default: false

This option specifies if a form is compound. As it's not the case for checkbox, by default the value is overridden with the false value.

empty_data

type: string default: mixed

This option determines what value the field will return when the empty_value choice is selected. In the checkbox and the radio type, the value of empty_data is overriden by the value returned by the data transformer (see How to Use Data Transformers).

Inherited Options

These options inherit from the form type:

data

type: mixed default: Defaults to field of the underlying object (if there is one)

When you create a form, each field initially displays the value of the corresponding property of the form's domain object (if an object is bound to the form). If you want to override the initial value for the form or just an individual field, you can set it in the data option:

$builder->add('token', 'hidden', array(
    'data' => 'abcdef',
));

Note

The default values for form fields are taken directly from the underlying data structure (e.g. an entity or an array). The data option overrides this default value.

disabled

2.1The disabled option was introduced in Symfony 2.1.

type: boolean default: false

If you don't want a user to modify the value of a field, you can set the disabled option to true. Any submitted value will be ignored.

error_bubbling

type: boolean default: false unless the form is compound

If true, any errors for this field will be passed to the parent field or form. For example, if set to true on a normal field, any errors for that field will be attached to the main form, not to the specific field.

error_mapping

2.1The error_mapping option was introduced in Symfony 2.1.

type: array default: array()

This option allows you to modify the target of a validation error.

Imagine you have a custom method named matchingCityAndZipCode that validates whether the city and zip code match. Unfortunately, there is no "matchingCityAndZipCode" field in your form, so all that Symfony can do is display the error on top of the form.

With customized error mapping, you can do better: map the error to the city field so that it displays above it:

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public function setDefaultOptions(OptionsResolverInterface $resolver)
{
    $resolver->setDefaults(array(
        'error_mapping' => array(
            'matchingCityAndZipCode' => 'city',
        ),
    ));
}

Here are the rules for the left and the right side of the mapping:

  • The left side contains property paths;
  • If the violation is generated on a property or method of a class, its path is simply propertyName;
  • If the violation is generated on an entry of an array or ArrayAccess object, the property path is [indexName];
  • You can construct nested property paths by concatenating them, separating properties by dots. For example: addresses[work].matchingCityAndZipCode;
  • The right side contains simply the names of fields in the form.

By default, errors for any property that is not mapped will bubble up to the parent form. You can use the dot (.) on the left side to map errors of all unmapped properties to a particular field. For instance, to map all these errors to the city field, use:

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$resolver->setDefaults(array(
    'error_mapping' => array(
        '.' => 'city',
    ),
));

label

type: string default: The label is "guessed" from the field name

Sets the label that will be used when rendering the field. Setting to false will suppress the label. The label can also be directly set inside the template:

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    {{ form_label(form.name, 'Your name') }}
    
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    echo $view['form']->label(
        $form['name'],
        'Your name'
    );
    

label_attr

type: array default: array()

Sets the HTML attributes for the <label> element, which will be used when rendering the label for the field. It's an associative array with HTML attribute as a key. This attributes can also be directly set inside the template:

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    {{ form_label(form.name, 'Your name', {
           'label_attr': {'class': 'CUSTOM_LABEL_CLASS'}
    }) }}
    
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    echo $view['form']->label(
        $form['name'],
        'Your name',
        array('label_attr' => array('class' => 'CUSTOM_LABEL_CLASS'))
    );
    

mapped

type: boolean default: true

If you wish the field to be ignored when reading or writing to the object, you can set the mapped option to false.

read_only

type: boolean default: false

If this option is true, the field will be rendered with the readonly attribute so that the field is not editable.

required

type: boolean default: true

If true, an HTML5 required attribute will be rendered. The corresponding label will also render with a required class.

This is superficial and independent from validation. At best, if you let Symfony guess your field type, then the value of this option will be guessed from your validation information.

Note

The required option also affects how empty data for each field is handled. For more details, see the empty_data option.

Form Variables

Variable Type Usage
checked boolean Whether or not the current input is checked.

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