How can I get the previous viewed page title? For example, I visited node/21 then, I navigate to node/22, then in node/22 I'd like to get the node/21's title. In node/22, there's a text field where the default value is the node/21's title. Is there any function I can use for this? Please help as I badly needed this. Thank you.


You can use $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'] with PHP to get the URL of the last page you were on. This is not a reliable solution because not all user agents support it. plus users can manually intervene with the previous page and mess things up.

If a client side solution is sufficient for you, you can use javascript's document.referrer.

You could use a querystring as well and append that to the URL and read it from the page you're going to.


// then grab the value from the second page
$last_page_value = isset($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']) ? $_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'] : '';

// or use drupal_get_query_parameters()

// Then do something with it

Or you could use cookie/session to do this

if (!isset($_SESSION)) {
if (!isset($_SESSION['referrer'])) {
    $_SESSION['lastpage'] = isset($_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER']) ? $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'] : '';

// second page
$referer = isset($_SESSION['lastpage']) ? $_SESSION['lastpage'] : '';

This is a very common use case and StackOverflow has several questions on it with PHP. I suggest googling it. Translating it to drupal will depend on what you're doing with it.

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