I have created a block in which I display a flag. All of it is done programatically. The content of the block changes depending on the flag status, but when a user clicks on the flag, it does not refresh the page or the block. The content is currently refreshed only when I reload the page.

I have gone as far as to create a callback from my block module to a jquery file, but I do not quite know where to go from here. I am not familiar enough with jquery to fully understand what to do, and how to use the callback function. Here is what I have thus far in my .module file:

* Implements hook_init().
function mymodule_init() {
drupal_add_library('system', 'drupal.ajax');
* Implements hook_menu().
function mymodule_menu() {
$items = array();

$items['block/reload'] = array(
  'title' => 'Refresh block',
  'page callback' => 'mymodule_refresh',
  'access callback' => TRUE,
  'type' => MENU_CALLBACK,

return $items;

* Menu callback.
function mymodule_refresh($action, $type) {


In a .js file which I have put in a folder 'js' in my module's folder, I have created this:


$(document).bind('flagGlobalAfterLinkUpdate', function(event, data) {



  • Have you tried the AJAX Blocks module?
    – Shawn Conn
    Commented May 3, 2015 at 15:13
  • Hello Shawn, Ajax blocks seems quite useful, but it does not allow me to customise it to react on a flag's change of state. Commented May 10, 2015 at 9:37

2 Answers 2


The easiest way would be to use the module Block Refresh. With this module you can set up any block to be reloaded both manually and by an interval. For your use case you would chose the first option, here is an example form the block configuration page: enter image description here

You will see now a refresh button on blocks title, which could be hidden by the following CSS:

.block-refresh-button {

and then triggered by clicking the flag:

$(".flag").click(function() {
    $(".block-refresh-button").each(function() {

I did not test the code.


To reload the page:



  • Thanks, Geoff, but I am exactly trying to avoid reloading the page. I am just interested in updating the content of my block. Commented May 3, 2015 at 14:51

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