Controller not called in a view (cake 3.5)[Fixed]

Since this morning I’m fighting that problem with might be obvious for everybody beside me.
I made a mail change form and for whatever reason, its controller is never called…

        <form class="form-horizontal">

    <?php echo $this->Form->create(null, ['url' => ['controller' => 'Profiles', 'action' => 'changemail']]); ?>
	<div class="col-md-6">

		<div class="form-group">
			<label for="inputEmail" class="col-sm-2 control-label"> New Email</label>

			<div class="col-sm-10">
				<input type="email" class="form-control" id="inputEmail" placeholder="Email">

    <?php echo $this->Form->button(__('Submit')); ?>
    <?= $this->Form->end() ?>


and the associated controller resumed to its simplest expression: (ProfilesController.php)
public function changemail()


I have no idea why it doesn’t work.

Thanks for your help!

  1. look for html (page source in browser) and check if “url” created in ->Form->create() is reasonable.
  2. Call your action from address bar directly and check log/debug if it work that way.

sadly it works…

I’m using Adminlte template if it does matter and login, registrations forms are working as it should.
It might be something trivial but I can’t wrap my head around it.



You have nested Form tags, which I believe is invalid HTML as the first form tag will be the active one. Once you remove the outside form tag your inner form will work.

I bet if you paste your browser rendered HTML source code on W3C’s HTML validator ( this would report that along with a closing DIV problem.


That was it!
I overlooked at it for days and couldn’t see it !

thanks guys.

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Hi Sacha,
Can you please update the title of this thread and add “[Solved]” at the end?