How to Choose Validation Groups Based on the Clicked Button

How to Choose Validation Groups Based on the Clicked ButtonΒΆ

When your form contains multiple submit buttons, you can change the validation group depending on which button is used to submit the form. For example, consider a form in a wizard that lets you advance to the next step or go back to the previous step. Also assume that when returning to the previous step, the data of the form should be saved, but not validated.

First, we need to add the two buttons to the form:

$form = $this->createFormBuilder($task)
    // ...
    ->add('nextStep', SubmitType::class)
    ->add('previousStep', SubmitType::class)

Then, we configure the button for returning to the previous step to run specific validation groups. In this example, we want it to suppress validation, so we set its validation_groups option to false:

$form = $this->createFormBuilder($task)
    // ...
    ->add('previousStep', SubmitType::class, [
        'validation_groups' => false,

Now the form will skip your validation constraints. It will still validate basic integrity constraints, such as checking whether an uploaded file was too large or whether you tried to submit text in a number field.

See also

To see how to use a service to resolve validation_groups dynamically read the How to Dynamically Configure Form Validation Groups article.

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