It is possible to filter blocks based on the user role of the current user, but I want to be able to change blocks based on roles of the user whose page I am visiting.

User 1 is an administrator so visiting


users see

  Administrator block

no matter what user role the current user logged in has.

if User 1 visits


where user 4 is RoleX they see

RoleX Block

Where RoleX block and Administrator block are both created in views.

Is there a way to do this out of the box or do I need to write my own contextual filter

  • Please add a version tag for Drupal [7] or [8]. It matters for the answer. Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 21:13
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    Oh Sorry, I added it Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 22:14

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You need to expose that entity as a context to Drupal, then the visibility settings should automatically let you select between the current user and the user on the page.

Drupal core only does that for nodes at the moment, the logic for that is in \Drupal\node\ContextProvider\NodeRouteContext with its service definition:

class: Drupal\node\ContextProvider\NodeRouteContext
arguments: ['@current_route_match']
  - { name: 'context_provider' }

So you need to duplicate that class and basically do a search and replace for node => user, remove the node.add part and put that in a custom module.

  • Duplicate NodeRouteContext class? and then just find and replace all instances of 'node' with 'user' in the new class and call it UserRouteContext? Commented Jan 23, 2017 at 19:53

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