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How can I create a view that's based on a custom table from a custom module.

Actually in creating views path I can see options of view types as:

View type:

Node: Nodes are a Drupal site's primary content.

Comment: Comments are responses to node content.

File: Files maintained by Drupal and various modules.

Node revision: Node revisions are a history of changes to nodes.

Term: Taxonomy terms are attached to nodes.

User: Users who have created accounts on your site.

But when selecting the node option I can only select from node table and selecting user I can select from the user table for displaying the data from these tables. But if I need to display data from the custom tables how can I select that table on creating the query and display them on the view pages?

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You need to implement hook_views_data to tell Views about your tables and how the data in your tables relates to other tables defined to Views (if it does). Here's a good tutorial to get you started: http://www.grasmash.com/article/demystifying-views-api-developers-guide-integrating-views

Depending on the nature of your data, you may, alternatively, consider defining your custom data as a custom entity type. If you do that through the Entity API module, then it will provide Views integration "for free".

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  • How it differ from the hook_theme system ? – KTM Aug 11 '15 at 16:44
  • It's similar only in that they're both hooks. hook_theme is a completely separate hook which does totally separate things. – Aaron Aug 11 '15 at 16:45
  • There is MODULENAME.views.inc and i can send the data processed through hook_views_data() function , but how clearly it handles the html view files ? or how can i show data in html files – KTM Aug 12 '15 at 9:10
  • Is there any view.tpl.php file specific to a module function ? – KTM Aug 12 '15 at 15:41
  • Views tpl suggestions are determined based on a number of factors including the name of the view, name of the display, display plugin used, and a variety of other things. If you want to provide a general way to customize the look of a view you need to write a display plugin. If you want to override the look of a specific view then your theme can implement an appropriately-named tpl. I'm confused, though, because none of this has anything to do with exposing your custom tables to Views. – Aaron Aug 12 '15 at 16:15

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