On my current setup I'm exposing a view that outputs json through a service.

The view can be called like this: http://domain.com/api/books.json.

I also exposed a filter to a referenced content type "Author". I'm NOT using context filters, I'm using the regular Filters and exposed that particular filter to the user, this way I can give my filter a nice argument name author_nid.

So now I can call this: http://domain.com/api/books.json?author_nid=38. And this returns all books of the author with that nid.

But I can't seem to figure out how to get the list of books of both author 38 or author 32.

The things i tried:






I seem to have the feeling that this isn't supported right now. Am I correct? If so, what are my options? I'd like to give my arguments a name because I'm about to expose 10 to 15 filters (some optional, others required). Using context filters and filtering like this: args[]=2&args[]=43,23&args[]=44 isn't very readable/maintainable.


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If using ?author_nid[]=38&author_nid[]=32 as suggested by milkovsky doesn't work you may need to look at using contextual filters. Or, as I think might be your only option, use hook_views_query_alter where you can build your own views query WHERE clause based on $_GET parameters.

  • Please check the comment on milkovsky's answer. Sadly enough it's not working. Using context filters isn't really an option, check my initial question. Any references or examples how I should write such a hook? Never did this before :p
    – polyclick
    Commented Feb 12, 2014 at 10:08
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    I commented a little bit too fast. I now see the link thirdender posted as a comment on my question. I'll try that first.
    – polyclick
    Commented Feb 12, 2014 at 10:45
  • Using ?author_nid[]=38&author_nid[]=32 worked for me. This is the only documentation I could find on it too...
    – AlxVallejo
    Commented Jul 30, 2021 at 12:14

Maybe it's just a problem with encoding. I've the same construction (views with multivalued field in exposed filter), and here is the result when I apply the submit button:


Could you try this and tell me if it's working?


  • Thanks for the reply but this isn't working.
    – polyclick
    Commented Feb 17, 2014 at 12:56

I agree with Christian and MPD, there is no "is one of" option for NID. Christian's answer about hook_views_query_alter will work.

As alternative solution - you can replace filter handler with a custom one. Here is solution for search API query. Next handler will use "Allow multiple selections" option:

class MYMODULESearchApiViewsHandlerFilter extends SearchApiViewsHandlerFilter {

   * Extends query to handle multiple values.
  public function query() {
    if (!empty($this->options['expose']['multiple'])) {
      $values = array();
      // ...
      // DO YOUR CODE HERE TO GET VALUES FROM $this->value
      // E.g. $values = explode(',', $this->value);
      // ...
      if (!empty($values)) {
        $or = $this->query->createFilter('OR');
        foreach ($values as $value) {
          $or->condition($this->real_field, $value, $this->operator, $this->options['group']);
    else {


You can add your handler using hook_views_data_alter().

 * Implements hook_views_data_alter().
function MYMODULE_views_data_alter(&$data) {
  $data['search_api_index_MYINDEX']['MYFIELD']['filter']['handler'] = 'MYMODULESearchApiViewsHandlerFilter';

You can pass multiple values using contextual filter,

Select Raw Value from Url and select PathComponent/arugument.

Below we have More section from that you can check Allow multiple values in the form of 1+2+3 (for OR) or 1,2,3 (for AND).




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