Im trying to set up a Contextual filter in drupal views based on the URL.

The contextual filter is operating with a text field that sets the node alias.

I have it working with "RAW value from URL" based on the position (parentpage/childpage/grandchild-page), but the position could change (only parents and child for example), so do i need to use the "PHP code", or is there a better way?

What i want to happen:

"If last section of page url, (grandchild-page), matches field set in contextual filter, then true (show fields).


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Though the solution you have implemented worked but my suggestion is to use the request_uri() instead of the $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'] because of the following reasons:

  • $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'] is only available on Apache, whereas request_uri() generate an equivalent using other environment variables.
  • Apache does nothing by default to sanitize the $_SERVER variables so directly using it without passing through the check_plain should be considered unsafe.

So its better to get the URL like this:

$current_url = check_plain(request_uri());

Example: if the url is http://www.example.com/param1/param2/param3 than the $current_url will contain /param1/param2/param3.

Rest you can build the logic to get the last params, there are numerous ways of doing that.

  • Thank you! I thought there might be a better drupal way of getting the url.
    – petergus
    Aug 29, 2014 at 7:27
  • @petergus Always welcome. If it worked for you than pls. accept the answer so that it may others looking for the same. Aug 29, 2014 at 7:57

You do not have to use PHP code - there is a module for that: https://www.drupal.org/project/views_contextual_filter_query

OR you could use Context: https://www.drupal.org/project/context_query_param


Thank you J. Reynolds for pointing me in the right direction!

I have used the following in "When the filter value is NOT available > provide a default argument > PHP Code"

$url_path = parse_url($url, PHP_URL_PATH);
$basename = pathinfo($url_path, PATHINFO_BASENAME);
return $basename;

($basename is matching the last segment of the URL which is set via pathauto from a custom pseudo title field on my content type, and this field is also used the operational contextual filter in Views.)

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EDIT: I also have a Relationship "Content referencing Content from field_related_products" that is selected in the contextual filter.

Please refer to the answer from Ankit Agrawal for a better way to retrieve the URL

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