I've been struggling a lot with a drupal_goto() not redirecting from a view to correct path in all displays.

This is the snippet code.

 * Implements hook_views_pre_render().
function HOOK_views_pre_render(&$view) {
  //if only on node matches, redirects to that node 
  if ( $view->name == 'FOO' && $view->current_display == 'BAR' && count($view->result)==1 ){
      drupal_goto('node/' . $view->result[0]->nid);

Instead, header('Location:node/' . $view->result[0]->nid); is working in any case. Why doesn't drupal_goto() work, sometimes?

  • Do you have destination parameter in query? You can take a look into drupal_goto() and find that it uses header('Location... too.
    – kala4ek
    Jun 24, 2016 at 4:18
  • @kala4ek, thank you. Indeed this is exactly what I explained in my answer :). I posted it to share experience.
    – Kojo
    Jun 24, 2016 at 8:34

1 Answer 1


I had an exposed filter with identifier named destination. Since drupal_goto() takes care of the destination parameter sent in URL with the following code, it was overwriting my code.

  // A destination in $_GET always overrides the function arguments.
  // We do not allow absolute URLs to be passed via $_GET, as this can be an attack vector.
  if (isset($_GET['destination']) && !url_is_external($_GET['destination'])) {
    $destination = drupal_parse_url($_GET['destination']);
    $path = $destination['path'];
    $options['query'] = $destination['query'];
    $options['fragment'] = $destination['fragment'];
  • I feel too stupid but I share it here, who knows, it could be helpful. Credits once again to @Clive
    – Kojo
    Jun 23, 2016 at 17:39

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