One item in the menu has sub-items that point to the same page (just with different arguments) ex:

Products - List item 1 \products?pid=1 - List item 2 \products?pid=2 - List item 3 \products?pid=3

Drupal assigns the "active" class in the

  • and tag of the menu items since all the items have the same page url (\products)

    I'm overwriting the menu_link function in template.php to remove the active class but the class remains in the tag

    function mytheme_menu_link(array $variables) {
      $element = $variables['element'];
      $sub_menu = '';
      if ($element['#below']) {
        if (strtolower($element['#title']) == 'Products') {
          if (isset($_GET['pid'])) {
            $currID = $_GET['pid'];
            foreach ($element['#below'] as $Taxonomy) {
              if ($currTaxonomyID != $Taxonomy['#localized_options']['query']['pid']) {
                $mlid = $Taxonomy['#original_link']['mlid'];
                $key = array_search('active', $Taxonomy['#attributes']['class'], TRUE);            
                if ($key) {
                  $element['#below'][$mlid]['#localized_options']['attributes']['class'][$key] = '';
                // remove active-trail class
                $key = array_search('active-trail', $Taxonomy['#attributes']['class'], TRUE);            
                if ($key) {
                  $element['#below'][$mlid]['#attributes']['class'][$key] = '';              
        $sub_menu = drupal_render($element['#below']);         
      $output = l($element['#title'], $element['#href'], $element['#localized_options']);  
      return '<li' . drupal_attributes($element['#attributes']) . '>' . $output . $sub_menu . "</li>\n";

    Final Result:

    <ul class="menu nav">
       <li class="first leaf menu-mlid-44253">
          <a href="/products?pid=1" title="Best Practices" class="active">Best Practices</a>
        <li class="leaf menu-mlid-44254">
          <a href="/products?pid=2" title="Checklists" class=" active">Checklists</a>

    How can I remove the class "active" from the tag?

    My menu Structure:

      -prod1 (url:\\products?pid=1)
      -prod2 (url:\\products?pid=2)
      -prod3 (url:\\products?pid=3)
      -prod4 (url:\\products?pid=4)
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    • Can u send me your menu structure.., It will helps in solving the program fast. Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 8:12
    • -Clients -Products -prod1 (url:\\products?pid=1) -prod2 (url:\\products?pid=2) -prod3 (url:\\products?pid=3) -prod4 (url:\\products?pid=4) -About
      – Viacheslav
      Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 14:34
    • This will NEVER evaluate if (strtolower($element['#title']) == 'Products') { Fix it and it may work.
      – iLLin
      Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 16:04

    1 Answer 1


    I had the same problem: the l() function automatically assigns an active class when a link is pointing to the current page.

    I got around this using an (ugly) hack:

    As noted in the documentation, $options['language'] is additionally compared with $language_url->language before assigning the active class.

    So, the hack is to supply a deliberately incorrect language when calling l().

    You can find out what the current language of your site is using dpm():

    global $language_url;

    In my case, I know that the language of the site is definitely not und, so I appended array('language' => 'und') to my call to l():

    l('link text', 'path/to/page', array('language' => 'und'))

    After this, the a element no longer had the active class.

    • He just has a bug in his code if (strtolower($element['#title']) == 'Products'). I think when/if he fixes(d) that it should be fine.
      – iLLin
      Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 16:06

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