I am struggling a bit with the array structure of Drupal.

I am using PHP in a contextual filter inside views. I have the same vocab on both a content type and user via profile2. I manage to get the filter working for single term. The key is in how I return the values at the end of my function.

return $items[0]['tid'];

This returns 2, a correct tid on user profile taxonomy.

I can also get other values by using:

return $items[1]['tid'];

This returns 4, also a correct tid.

How would I be able to say?

return $items[ALL_ARRAYS]['tid'];

So that it would print all the term ids associated with that vocab?

My PHP code:

global $user;
$profiles = profile2_load_by_user($user);
    foreach ($profiles as $profile) {
      if ($items = field_get_items('profile2', $profile, 'field_your_interests')) {
$tids = array();
foreach ($items as $item) {
  $tids[] = $item['tid'];
//returns nothing in view, not sure if a contextual filter can handle 'and'?
//return implode(',', $tids);

//This works with 1st value in array 
//return $items[0]['tid'];

//This doesn't return anything
  return $tids;
  • Welcome to Drupal Answers! Please don't use php: You are not asking a question about PHP. Drupal is then written in PHP; if we were to use this tag just because the question shown PHP code, 99% of the questions here will use it.
    – apaderno
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 19:24

1 Answer 1


There are a few ways you can do this, but this is probably the most straightforward:

$tids = array();
foreach ($items as $item) {
  $tids[] = $item['tid'];

// Return this if you want to use "or" logic
return implode('+', $tids);

// Return this if you want to use "and" logic
return implode(',', $tids);
  • thanks this helped. By using dpm($tids); i can see that the array is only made up of the desired id's. I tried using the add logic to return the values, but my view keeps returning an empty result. I updated my original code to include all my code, as you can see I'm still new to this :)
    – Ddroid_za
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 18:34
  • @Ddroid_za do you have your contextual filter set to allow multiple values? In the settings for the contextual filter, near the bottom, I think it's under the "more" link.
    – Aaron
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 18:51
  • Thanks for the speedy reply Aaron.Yes I did, both the multiple "Allow multiple values" and "Allow multiple filter values to work together" checkboxes are ticked under the More section. I also made sure the distinct option is not turned on in the query settings. By providing a default fixed value in the contextual filter it all works 100%.
    – Ddroid_za
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 18:57
  • @Ddroid_za Many folks get confused on the difference between "and" and "or" logic. Please try return implode('+', $tids); as I suspect you're more interested in "or" logic than "and" logic. Also: note that you can test it by manually entering arguments in the live preview. Try putting in 2+4 (or, if you really do want "and", 2,4) in as an argument in the live preview to see if it gives you what you expect.
    – Aaron
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 19:01
  • You sir are my hero! Thanks the '+' works perfectly!
    – Ddroid_za
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 19:04

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