In Views we can create a block that the content depends on the content of a node using contextual filters. So we can pass variables and check the visibility of the Views-Block.

Let’s say in our content type we have a field that has a text-field. In Views->Contextual->Our field->Provide default value-> content ID from URL can grab this.

But creating a block programmatically

hook_block_view($delta = '') {
$block['content'] = theme('item_list', array(
         'items' => ???,
          'type' => 'ul',

How we can grab these values form the node-field?

And if there are no values how we will hide the block?

  • So do you want the contextual nid and relevant field of that node in block ? Jun 17, 2014 at 10:39
  • Short answer: yes. I don't use views at all (in this implementation), so I want a (proper) way to grab the content of the node field from a certain content type in a block (while the node is rendered normally in the main content), and check if exist. Because the block will be assigned in a region but the field (I want to display) is only in one content-type.
    – tvl
    Jun 17, 2014 at 10:54

2 Answers 2


You can use menu_get_object() to get the current node. Refer menu_get_object

menu_get_object() provides access to objects loaded by the current router item. For example, on the page node/%node, the router loads the %node object, and calling menu_get_object() will return that.

If you want to hide the block (not only the content) warp the return $block; in if.

if (isset(menu_get_object()->some_field) {
  return block;
  • It's exactly that I need! So simple but I was so far away! Many thanks!
    – tvl
    Jun 17, 2014 at 12:50
  • Add/edit my solution
    – tvl
    Jun 17, 2014 at 13:17
  • The hook_block_view() says if you return an empty block array then the block won't be displayed.
    – msmani
    Jun 17, 2014 at 13:21

Found a few modules depending on your need:

Node field block

An easy way to create blocks with a collection of node fields. Focused on letting customers manage most of the content on a page in just one node. You can create multiple blocks for a node with one or a combination of fields and move them in different regions.

Field as block

Field as Block provides an easy way to display one or more fields of the current node in a block.

There's a custom way also if you want. You can use below function for this purpose.

render(field_view_field('node', $node, 'field_myfield'));
  • Thanks for the advice but as I say I need it to do programmatically. The problem behind it's much more complicated.. And because it's complicated I can't use the render.
    – tvl
    Jun 17, 2014 at 12:52

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