I have a view that has a "Has taxonomy term ID" contextual filter and also a nid contextual filter.

I execute this view programmatically, but I need to pass also multiple values for the taxonomy contextual filter.

I tried this:

$view->set_arguments(array($tid, $nid));

and it works only if $tid is only a number.

I tried to put more than one tid using "+", but it doesn't work. (example 3+5+8)

Any idea on how I can set a multiple taxonomy argument programmatically? thank you in advance

I found a solution, but I don't like it. I removed the filter from contextual filter and I added an exposed filter for the same field. Then I changed the code in this way:

$view->exposed_input['field_myfield_tid'] = $tid;  //note that $tid is an array of tid
  • possible duplicate of Set multiple items for an argument in embeded view
    – sanzante
    Commented May 3, 2014 at 15:32
  • thank you, but I think that it is not. I have no problem in passing multiple arguments (look at: array($tid, $nid)). Here the problem is related on how to pass multiple values for the same argument ($tid = $tid1 . "+" . $tid2 . "+" etc.)
    – lorenzo
    Commented May 4, 2014 at 8:21
  • Separate multiple terms with a plus sign. I have tried it and worked. $view->set_arguments(array('23+4585+84', 123)); // 123 is the NID
    – AKS
    Commented May 4, 2014 at 17:36

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You could also implement the "hook_views_pre_view" function in order to alter the contextual filter arguments of your view and display. In order to add multiple taxonomy values for the same argument, you can change the $args[0] element from the $args variable of the hook.
For example: $args[0] = '22+14+64';
Remember to check the "Allow multiple values" option of the contextual filter.

Take into account that altering contextual filter arguments inside the previous hook may produce troubles when using a views exposed form. Specifically, the form "action" attribute may have a wrong URL. If that issue appears, you can solve it by implementing the "hook_form_views_exposed_form_alter" function and changing the $form['#action'] element with the correct URL.


For achieving this requirement there are several methods , the first one is in your Taxonomy Contextual filter enable Specify validation criteria and put Filter value type on Term IDs separated by , or +,

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with this settings the following code will works for you.

   $tid = "3,4,5"; // or  $tid = "3+4+5";
   $view->set_arguments(array($tid, $nid)); $view->execute();

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