I'm using Drupal 7 to build a fairly simple directory site. I'm trying to theme my search results page the same as a taxonomy page, but as you may know, the results arrive by a completely different process in those two situations. I've copied the search-result.tpl.php file from the Search module to my own theme, and am trying to take advantage of the $result variable returned by the module. However, it doesn't seem to be as simple as print render($result);

I tried to isolate the relevant node object within $result and perform render() on it, like so:

$content=Array(); $content['#node'] = $result['node'];
print render($content);

But that just throws an error (can't use object as array) or simply returns nothing.

$result['node'] definitely contains the fields I want to echo on the page, so what am I doing wrong?

1 Answer 1


You need to prepare a view for the node object:

$view_mode = 'teaser'; // Or whatever
$view = node_view($result['node'], $view_mode);
print render($view);
  • Cheers, Clive! I ended up using field_attach_view('node', $node, 'teaser'). Is this a similar function? An alias? Is there a reason node_view would be better? Let me know and I'll happily update my code/accept your answer. Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 14:47
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    No problem :) I think node_view() would be better as it prepares the whole view for the node including running preprocess functions/templates etc. In fact if you look at node_view() it internally calls node_build_content() which in turn actually calls field_attach_prepare_view (and others), and invokes the entity_view hook for all modules. During that hook I believe field_attach_view() is called anyway
    – Clive
    Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 15:16
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    So I think the answer is, if you want the fully rendered/templated teaser node the use node_view(). If you just want the node content you should probably call node_build_content() and if you're just interested in the fields you should use field_attach_view(). Hope that makes sense :)
    – Clive
    Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 15:18
  • Yes, makes perfect sense to me. Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 15:44
  • By the way, I needed to say node_view($result['node'],'teaser') instead of simply naming a $view_mode variable. An edit might be in order. Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 15:53

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