I need to add sorting to a view in code but can't seem to get this to work. This is my code so far.

$view = Views::getView('name_of_the_view');
if (!$view) {
  // some irrelevant code to handle a non existing view


As far as I know, I need to add $view->sort and $view->filter before the execute method but don't know what to set this to.

Do I have to pass the name of the sort/filter handler (i.e. 'random') or the class name (i.e. Drupal\views\Plugin\views\sort\Random) or an instance of a sort/filter handler or something else?

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I was confused by $view->setExposedInput saying it accepts $filters as argument, but it actually works for sorting as well. So with that function you can set your exposed filters AND sorts

  'your_filter' => $your_filter_value, //your exposed filter
  'sort_by' => 'your_field', //your exposed sort
  'sort_order' => 'ASC',

Use above code before you execute view.

And make sure you exposed your filters and sorts in your view.

  • I am actually using this at the moment and it does work. Too bad that the exposed filters have to be set in views rather than in code.
    – diesonne
    Jul 25, 2016 at 11:31

Views::getView() returns a ViewsExecutable object for which the following public properties are defined:

So, to add a filter in the view you loaded, you should use $views->filter[] = $filter_object.

  • could you provide a simple example?
    – diesonne
    Jul 20, 2016 at 6:54
  • any update on this ? It really looks like the way to go
    – diesonne
    Sep 7, 2016 at 8:32
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    setting a value can be done with $view->setHandlerOption() and you pretty much can get all the needed values from the exported view yml file Oct 10, 2018 at 13:45

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