How can I access/print the raw value of a date field? (or any field for that matter). I am working in a View template and I typically use $fields['field_myfield']->content. But that gives me the HTML not just the value.

My template.php file:

 function mytheme_preprocess_views_view_fields(&$variables)
    $view = $variables['view'];
    if($view->name == "news_main_list")
          $variables['news_date'] = $variables['fields']['field_news_date_text']->content;
          $variables['news_type'] = $variables['fields']['field_news_type']->content;

My views-view-fields--news-main-list--block-1.tpl.php file:

  <?php if (!empty($field->separator)): ?>
<?php print $field->separator; ?>
  <?php print $field->wrapper_prefix; ?>
<?php print $field->label_html; ?>

<p class="newsTitle"><?php print $fields['title']->content; ?></p>
<p class="dateByLine">
    <?php print $news_date; ?> | <?php print $news_type; ?>
    <?php if ($news_type == "event") : ?>
        <?php print 'hello'; ?>
    <?php endif; ?>

  <?php print $field->wrapper_suffix; ?>

3 Answers 3


You must specify which one of Views template files you are working on, If it is views-view-fields.tpl.php then $fields variable is availabe but if it is not views-view-fields.tpl.php then $view object is available. use kpr($variable) to get the $variable available properties.

You can also use hook_preprocess_views_view_fields(&$var) to set the values of fields in $var array then retrieve them in fields template file


First define the following function in your template.php file

    function THEME_preprocess_views_view_fields(&$variables)
        $view = $variables['view'];
        if($view->name == "THE_VIEW_NAME")
              $variables['my_field'] =strip_tags( $variables['fields']['field_myfield']->content);
              $variables['title'] =strip_tags( $variables['fields']['title']->content);

By this function the $my_field and $title variables are available in the views-view-fields--SOMETHING.tpl.php file. You have to create views-view-fields--SOMETHING.tpl.php file in your theme directory and use above variables in it. views-view-fields--SOMETHING.tpl.php file is created to theme every output (record or row of columns) of your View. Make sure you are using - instead of _ when creating views-view-fields--SOMETHING.tpl.php file.

$view variable is a variable that contains every detail of the current View. you can use kpr($view) to see its results.

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    – apaderno
    Jul 20, 2015 at 21:11

if you want, you can use variable $variables. In file template, use code


and see that.


If you want the raw value, and you're in a Views Row template (usually somehow overriding views-view-fields.tpl.php) you can use the $row object to get the associated fields.

In this case, you can try $row->field_field_myfield[0]['raw']['value'];

  • Thanks, is there another way to do this without setting UND to 0, and actually using 'raw'. I've read that this is bad practice.
    – srodrig
    Jul 20, 2015 at 19:42

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