I have a content type with a boolean field, using radio buttons for day and night.

I would like to create a view with a contextual filter, which shows "day content" between 8:00 am - 8:00 pm and "night content" between 8:00 pm and 8:00 am.

Which is the best way for creating the contextual filter or view?

Or if you'd have a better suggestion, I could change my content type and fields too.

2 Answers 2


your approach is correct.

You can do one thing..Just create a view and contextual filter in view for radio field. use hook_views_pre_view() hook to add arguments.

function MODULE_NAME_views_pre_view(&$view, &$display_id, &$args) {
  if ($view->name == 'myview' && $display_id == 'page_1') {
    $current_time = date('H'); //24hrs format
    if ($current_time >= 8 && $current_time <= 20) {
      $args[] = "value of day radio button";
    else {
      $args[] = "value of night radio button";

Hope this will help

  • Just to be clear, do not use the PHP code in a contextual filter. Modify the contextual filter argument through a hook.
    – sareed
    May 12, 2017 at 14:20
  • Okay..That's a good approach.. you can use hook_views_query_alter() hook. and set where clause for that field. by calculating above code. Let me alter my previous comment.
    – Milind
    May 12, 2017 at 14:27
  • While I haven't tested it, I was always under the impression the hook_views_query_alter was very heavy. I personally use hook_views_pre_view to change the args of a view, although I am sure there are at least a couple other options. Please correct me if my assumption is incorrect.
    – sareed
    May 12, 2017 at 14:29
  • Ya..right you can use hook_views_pre_view hook for this..there are other hooks which can be used..such as hook_views_query_alter. But for this case you can use hook_views_pre_view
    – Milind
    May 12, 2017 at 14:38
  • I have tried the code below: function hook_views_pre_view(&$view, &$display_id, &$args) { if ($view->name == 'home_featured_content' && $display_id == 'panel_pane_1') { $current_time = date('H'); //24hrs format if ($current_time >= 8 && $current_time <= 20) { $args[] = "1"; }else { $args[] = "0"; } } } When I try to preview with "1" value as contextual filter, it shows me Day Content, but when I try "0", no result returns. And if I try "Night" as contextual filter, it shows me Night Content. How should I change the code? May 12, 2017 at 17:26

Interesting idea.

First off however, I think you should use a date(time) field instead of the boolean. You can then use the between operators for your filter. I haven't used the date field as a contextual filter though so I will double check that in a few.

The other option, if necessary, would be to do your check on time() in a hook_views_pre_view and change your $view-args to the corresponding boolean (make sure to change the right element of the array if you have multiple contextual filters).

I would only use the second option if the date contextual filter is not an option for you.

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