In magento module for the back-end part, for admin form edit tab we are using




I want to know difference between those 2 functions

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    In simple term setValues reset the value and addValue append the value Commented Oct 9, 2018 at 5:15

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You can find both function's definitions in file vendor\magento\framework\Data\Form.php.

public function setValues($values)
    foreach ($this->_allElements as $element) {
        if (isset($values[$element->getId()])) {
        } else {
    return $this;

The setValues($values) function set values according to the array passed in it and set null for the keys which are not set.

Where addValues($values) function does the first part only means it only sets the keys which are available.

public function addValues($values)
    if (!is_array($values)) {
        return $this;
    foreach ($values as $elementId => $value) {
        $element = $this->getElement($elementId);
        if ($element) {
    return $this;

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