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integer Field Type

integer Field Type

Renders an input “number” field. Basically, this is a text field that’s good at handling data that’s in an integer form. The input number field looks like a text box, except that - if the user’s browser supports HTML5 - it will have some extra front-end functionality.

This field has different options on how to handle input values that aren’t integers. By default, all non-integer values (e.g. 6.78) will round down (e.g. 6).

Rendered as input number field
Overridden options
Inherited options
Parent type form
Class Symfony\Component\Form\Extension\Core\Type\IntegerType

Field Options


type: integer default: false

This value is used internally as the NumberFormatter::GROUPING_USED value when using PHP’s NumberFormatter class. Its documentation is non-existent, but it appears that if you set this to true, numbers will be grouped with a comma or period (depending on your locale): 12345.123 would display as 12,345.123.


type: integer default: Locale-specific (usually around 3)

This specifies how many decimals will be allowed until the field rounds the submitted value (via rounding_mode). For example, if precision is set to 2, a submitted value of 20.123 will be rounded to, for example, 20.12 (depending on your rounding_mode).


type: integer default: IntegerToLocalizedStringTransformer::ROUND_DOWN

By default, if the user enters a non-integer number, it will be rounded down. There are several other rounding methods and each is a constant on the Symfony\Component\Form\Extension\Core\DataTransformer\IntegerToLocalizedStringTransformer:

  • IntegerToLocalizedStringTransformer::ROUND_DOWN Round towards zero.
  • IntegerToLocalizedStringTransformer::ROUND_FLOOR Round towards negative infinity.
  • IntegerToLocalizedStringTransformer::ROUND_UP Round away from zero.
  • IntegerToLocalizedStringTransformer::ROUND_CEILING Round towards positive infinity.
  • IntegerToLocalizedStringTransformer::ROUND_HALF_DOWN Round towards the “nearest neighbor”. If both neighbors are equidistant, round down.
  • IntegerToLocalizedStringTransformer::ROUND_HALF_EVEN Round towards the “nearest neighbor”. If both neighbors are equidistant, round towards the even neighbor.
  • IntegerToLocalizedStringTransformer::ROUND_HALF_UP Round towards the “nearest neighbor”. If both neighbors are equidistant, round up.

Overridden Options


type: boolean default: false

This option specifies whether the type contains child types or not. This option is managed internally for built-in types, so there is no need to configure it explicitly.

Inherited Options

These options inherit from the form type:


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',


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.


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.


type: mixed

The default value is '' (the empty string).

This option determines what value the field will return when the submitted value is empty.

But you can customize this to your needs. For example, if you want the gender choice field to be explicitly set to null when no value is selected, you can do it like this:

$builder->add('gender', 'choice', array(
    'choices' => array(
        'm' => 'Male',
        'f' => 'Female'
    'required'    => false,
    'placeholder' => 'Choose your gender',
    'empty_data'  => null


If you want to set the empty_data option for your entire form class, see the cookbook article How to Configure empty Data for a Form Class.


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.


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:

public function setDefaultOptions(OptionsResolverInterface $resolver)
        '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 left side of the error mapping also accepts a dot ., which refers to the field itself. That means that any error added to the field is added to the given nested field instead;
  • The right side contains simply the names of fields in the form.


type: string default: This value is not valid

This is the validation error message that’s used if the data entered into this field doesn’t make sense (i.e. fails validation).

This might happen, for example, if the user enters a nonsense string into a time field that cannot be converted into a real time or if the user enters a string (e.g. apple) into a number field.

Normal (business logic) validation (such as when setting a minimum length for a field) should be set using validation messages with your validation rules (reference).


type: array default: array()

When setting the invalid_message option, you may need to include some variables in the string. This can be done by adding placeholders to that option and including the variables in this option:

$builder->add('some_field', 'some_type', array(
    // ...
    'invalid_message' => 'You entered an invalid value, it should include %num% letters',
    'invalid_message_parameters' => array('%num%' => 6),


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:

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


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:

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


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.


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.


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.


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

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