I have a view with some exposed filters that show some links. When I select a filter option, an ajax search is done and it shows the results. I click in one link and then I click in the browswer back button to go back to the view page.

Now, all results are shown and not the filter option ones.

How can I get that the view remembers the ajax search?

  • Have you found any answer for this. I have the similar issue with views ajax pager
    – Ahmad
    Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 8:29
  • @Ahmad No, we haven't found any solution, sorry. A workaround could be to store temporally the filter options somewhere, then if you find that you have stored options, load them.
    – ilazgo
    Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 9:24
  • Any module solution to this yet ?
    – Azz Kawa
    Commented Sep 26, 2015 at 16:18
  • @BigBrother2010 not that I know of
    – ilazgo
    Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 6:49

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The answer to this question should include a "non-Drupal" part since what happens when you click the "Back" button is browser-related.

What happens on the browser

I'm not an expert on the subject, but basically all browsers add the last request that you did in a "history cache" and pressing the "Back" and "Forward" buttons moves you backward or forward in this "cache".

In general, AJAX requests are not included in this cache but this is browser specific (I think that I have read somewhere that Safari in some cases does store AJAX requests). You can find various resources on how this works for different browsers if you look it up on google (keywords could be: "back button ajax calls", along with the name of the browser that you are looking for).

Views' "Remember last selection" setting

For your specific question there are 2 things that you should notice:

  1. Views do allow you to store the last selection by the user in the Exposed Filters' settings. The setting's name is: "Remember the last selection". This setting also allows you to limit the roles for which the last selection will be remembered.
  2. The browser does not really care what Views do and, at least in the case of Chrome (probably other browsers do the same too), returns its cached version of the page (aka minus ajax calls).

You can test the above-mentioned assertion by setting the last selection option, hitting the back button (you will see the browser-cached version of the page) and then hitting the refresh button (browser will request the page again and views will kick-in and enforce the application of the last used filters).


The google search "back button ajax calls" could give you a lot of relevant results but if you want to test the famous Drupal notion: "There is a module for that", there actually is and its name is "Views AJAX History". It depends on the history.js javascript library and the Libraries API module.

Proof of concept

I have quickly created a dev site that I can use for my answers here and added 50 nodes with devel generate. You can see a sample view here that has AJAX enabled. After you have filtered the view using the "Body contains" exposed filter with a sample string like "oppeto" you will instantly see what Views AJAX History does: the call is being made through AJAX but the URL on your browser changes to include the exposed filters' values and is stored in your browser's history cache.

Now, when you click on a node link and then hit the "Back" browser button, you get returned to the correct, filtered version of the view (tested it on Chrome but you can test it on any browser that you want to make sure that it works as expected).

Important Warnings

I have used this module on a couple of sites that I have built and the thing that bothered me the most is the fact that it has a known, unsolved conflict with the core Overlay module. It was not a very big deal for me since I could afford to disable Overlay at these specific cases but you should definitely consider this if you rely heavily on Overlay. For example, if you rely on Overlay Paths to show colorbox-like popups, you will find yourself in a world of hurt.

I am considering using Views AJAX History on one of my core projects but in order to do this, I will have to take a stab at the issue that I mentioned before. In any case, you can monitor the progress of the specific issue or even try to create a patch yourself.


It seems to work if your view display is a page, and the exposed filters are displayed through a block (configure the Exposed form of that page view display to do so). (I'm using BEF, but I guess that's not related.)

  • Unfortunately, I can't try this solution because the project, for which I needed it, is finished. Anyway I have not found any solution to this problem. I hope someone with the same problem can tell us if this is the solution (I will accept it if it's the right answer), however, I think I tried that and it didn't work, but I couldn't use BEF.
    – ilazgo
    Commented Oct 29, 2015 at 15:37

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