I am trying to join two tables on the same database, db2. I am trying to join tablename to tablename2 using the condition tablename.ItemID = tablename2.ItemID. While the values from tablename are selectable from a view, those from tablename2 aren't.

Do I need to specify in what database tablename2 is?

* Implementation of hook_views_data

function  mydatabase_views_views_data() {
  $data['tablename']['table']['group'] = t('Title name');
  $data['tablename']['table']['base'] = array(
    'field' => 'ItemID',
    'title' => t('db2'),
    'help' => t('Autoincremented ID field, to enable views integration'),
    'database' => 'db2',
    'weight' => -10,

  $data['tablename']['table']['join'] = array(
    'deals_addon' => array(
      'left_field' => 'ItemID',
      'field' => 'ItemID',

  $data['tablename']['ItemID'] = array(
    'title' => t('Item ID'),
    'help' => t('Item ID'),
    'field' => array(
      'handler' => 'views_handler_field',
      'click sortable' => TRUE,
    'sort' => array(
      'handler' => 'views_handler_sort',
    'filter' => array(
      'handler' => 'views_handler_filter_string',
    'argument' => array(
      'handler' => 'views_handler_argument_string',

  $data['tablename']['ItemInfo'] = array(
    'title' => t('Item Info'),
    'help' => t('Item Info'),
    'relationship' => array(
      'base' => 'tablename2',
      'base_field' => 'ItemID',
      'handler' => 'views_handler_relationship',
      'label' => t('Label'),
      'title' => t('Title'),
      'help' => t('Help'),
  return $data;  

1 Answer 1


Some time ago (D6) I was facing the same problem but then I could not find a solution. I ended up creating database views in my original db looking to the tables of the second db. This way, I was joining tables in default drupal db, which is easy. I dont know the exact changes in the api from d6 -> d7, but this might be an easy solution for you if you cannot solve it other way.

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