I want to have a view which would output a node title and use a contextual filter the aliased path of a node


I see there no php contextual filters in drupal 8 anymore do I have to write a custom contextual filter or is there another solution ? Any help will be greatly appreciated

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First I have created a view that uses contextual filter content ID to filter the results by "node id" and can be called like this


After I made sure the view was working I modified the content ID contextual filter adding default query paramenter named url under WHEN THE FILTER VALUE IS NOT AVAILABLE > Provide default value

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then in a custom module used the views api hook_views_pre_view as follows

use Drupal\views\ViewExecutable;
function MODULENAME_views_pre_view(ViewExecutable $view, $display_id, array &$args) {
  if($view->id() == 'view_machine_name'){
    $url = \Drupal::request()->query->get('url');
    $path = \Drupal::service('path.alias_manager')->getPathByAlias($url);
    if(preg_match('/node\/(\d+)/', $path, $matches)) {
      //$node = \Drupal\node\Entity\Node::load($matches[1]);
      //$nid = $matches[1];
      $args[0] = $matches[1];    

Now the view works with NID or the url parameter


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