Render a menu in a form


Rendering a menu in a form requires a little bit more lines of code than rendering a View, but it is also very easy thanks to the menu.link_tree service. In the following example, we are rendering the main menu.

use Drupal\Core\Menu\MenuTreeParameters;

$menu_parameters = new MenuTreeParameters();
$manipulators = [
  ['callable' => 'menu.default_tree_manipulators:checkNodeAccess'],
  ['callable' => 'menu.default_tree_manipulators:checkAccess'],
  ['callable' => 'menu.default_tree_manipulators:generateIndexAndSort'],
$tree = \Drupal::menuTree()->load('main', $menu_parameters);
$tree = \Drupal::menuTree()->transform($tree, $manipulators);

$form['content'] = \Drupal::menuTree()->build($tree);

Render a View in a form


Rendering Views in a form is super easy thanks to the buildRenderable() method, which builds the render array for the given display. To render a View, you just need to know the machine name of the View and display ID (usually page_1 or block_1). To render the Content View do this:

use Drupal\views\Views;
$view = Views::getView('content');
$form['content'] = $view->buildRenderable('page_1');

Get the list of fields for an entity type


To get the field definitions of any entity type use the following code. We first get all bundles, and then for each bundle we are getting the field definitions.

$bundles = \Drupal::service('')->getBundleInfo('node');

foreach ($bundles as $bundle => $data) {
  $fields = \Drupal::service('entity_field.manager')->getFieldDefinitions('node', $bundle);

Add CSS and JS to Admin pages


Adding CSS or JS to admin pages is easy. Just create a new library, create CSS and JS files, and then attach the library in the hook_page_attachments() hook.


  version: VERSION
      css/admin-styling.css: {}
    js/admin-script.js: {}


 * Implements hook_page_attachments().
function MY_MODULE_page_attachments(array &$attachments) {
  if (\Drupal::service('router.admin_context')->isAdminRoute()) {
    $attachments['#attached']['library'][] = 'MY_MODULE/admin_styling';

Hide generator metatag


If you want to hide the generator metatag that exposes information about your Drupal version then you can use the hook_page_attachments_alter() hook. This applies only for versions 8 and 9!

 * Implements hook_page_attachments_alter().
function MY_MODULE_page_attachments_alter(array &$attachments) {
  foreach ($attachments['#attached']['html_head'] as $key => $attachment) {
    if (isset($attachment[1]) && $attachment[1] == 'system_meta_generator') {

Ajax form element callback


To save the API token field without submitting the form, you can add a simple ajax callback function. In this example, we are saving the field value on the keyup event, but you can also use the change event or if you have an autocomplete field then you probably want to use the autocompleteclose event.

use Drupal\Core\Ajax\AjaxResponse;
use Drupal\Core\Form\FormStateInterface;

public function buildForm(array $form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {
  $form['api_token'] = [
    '#type' => 'textfield',
    '#title' => $this->t('API token'),
    '#ajax' => [
      'callback' => '::updateApiToken',
      'event' => 'keyup',

  return parent::buildForm($form, $form_state);

public function updateApiToken(array $form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {
  $response = new AjaxResponse();
    ->set('api_token', $form_state->getValue('api_token'))
  return $response;

Remove an item from entity reference field


Let's say that you have a multivalue reference field named field_tags in a node type. To remove a specific item from that field you can do something like this:

$node_id = 152;
$tag_to_remove = 56;
$entity_storage = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage('node');
$entity = $entity_storage->load($node_id);

foreach ($entity->get('field_tags') as $delta => $field_item) {
  if ($field_item->target_id == $tag_to_remove) {

Redirect after login


Adding a redirect to hook_user_login() is a common mistake. You should never add the redirect there because redirecting users in that hook would stop other hook_user_login() implementations from being invoked. To properly redirect users to some page after they log in, you should add a custom submit handler to the user login form.

use Drupal\Core\Form\FormStateInterface;
use Drupal\Core\Url;

 * Implements hook_form_FORM_ID_alter().
function MY_MODULE_form_user_login_form_alter(&$form, FormStateInterface $form_state, $form_id) {
  $form['#submit'][] = 'MY_MODULE_user_login_form_submit';

 * Custom submit handler for the login form.
function MY_MODULE_user_login_form_submit($form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {
  $url = Url::fromRoute('<front>');