So I have a custom module where there is a basic function that returns an array of data where I try to add a pager. I then call the function in the template.php the pass a custom variable to my template file. A listing appears there, with the working pagination to say so, but the list items are displayed weird. All the data is added as a HTML attribute.

This is how I create the pager from my function:

$result = Array(

  $total = count($result);
  $num_per_page = 12;
  // Initialize pager and gets current page
  $current_page = pager_default_initialize($total, $num_per_page);
  // Split the items up into chunks:
  $chunks = array_chunk($result, $num_per_page);
  // Get the items for our current page:
  $current_page_items = $chunks[$current_page];
  // Theme each item. Note that the theme
  // some_theme_hook is left out of this tutorial
  // for simplicity
  foreach($current_page_items as $i => $item) {
    $current_page_items[$i] = array(
      '#item' => $item,

  // Generate the render array for our page
  $render_array['page'] = array (
    '#theme' => 'item_list',
    '#items' => $current_page_items,

  // Calls Drupal standard pager theme and set 5 page links on pager
  $render_array['pager'] = array (
    '#theme' => 'pager',
    '#quantity' => 5,

  return $render_array;

And this is my rendered markup:

<li #item="http://localhost.../sites/default/files/styles/videos_page/public/16-Inside-03-L.jpg?itok=PXCk5oXs Inside the Track #3 watch for $123 Michael Brauer The Rides Game on Series new 1:20:00" class="first">

Any ideas of how can I manage this?

  • The Examples module contains a "pager" example. Commented Oct 5, 2017 at 15:01
  • Yes. You should leverage the core pager generation pattern, there's nothing much to it.
    – Kevin
    Commented Oct 5, 2017 at 17:57
  • @PatrickKenny Thanks for your answer. But as I've said above, I'm not using a limit on the query. Because I have multiple queries and I merge the results in an array. I need to create a pagination from that array.
    – mihai
    Commented Oct 6, 2017 at 8:02
  • @mihai Did you look at the code I suggested? All you have posted is an array structure, and no attempt to make it work with the drupal pager. Commented Oct 6, 2017 at 8:04
  • @PatrickKenny Yes, ofcourse. There is only one example and that extends the "PagerDefaul" on a query db_select('date_formats', 'd')->extend('PagerDefault')
    – mihai
    Commented Oct 6, 2017 at 8:06

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The code I've pasted works actually. I've just replaced the 'item_list' theme, with a custom one, where I added my markup per Item.

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