I created a normal block and configured it using the following settings.


I don't want to show the block on node/2 and node/3, for example. I want to get the block render, but verify first the block can be shown on the current page.

// 1 is the block ID.
$block = block_load('block', 1);
// I want to verify if the block can be shown on the current page before getting the renderable array.
$renderable_block = _block_get_renderable_array(_block_render_blocks(array($block)));

I can verify $block->pages contains the path for the current page, but I think there is a proper way to do that. I am sure there is a core function to which I can pass the block object and the current path.

What core function should I use to verify the block is visible in the current page?

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    thanks @No Ssweat for pointing me to right direction, code from block_block_list_alter function helped me.
    – berramou
    Nov 5, 2018 at 9:43

1 Answer 1


With the help of the answer on this question, Here is a helper function to check block visibility in case someone needs it:

 * Helper function to remove blocks from list who can not show in the current path:
 * based on , pages, user, roles ..
 * @see: block_block_list_alter().
 * @return mixed
function _check_block_list_visibility_on_current_path(&$blocks) {
  global $user;

  // Build an array of roles for each block.
  $block_roles = array();

  $result = db_query('SELECT module, delta, rid FROM {block_role}');

  foreach ($result as $record) {
    $block_roles[$record->module][$record->delta][] = $record->rid;

  foreach ($blocks as $key => $block) {

    // If a block has no roles associated, it is displayed for every role.
    // For blocks with roles associated, if none of the user's roles matches
    // the settings from this block, remove it from the block list.
    if (isset($block_roles[$block->module][$block->delta]) && !array_intersect($block_roles[$block->module][$block->delta], array_keys($user->roles))) {
      // No match.

    // Use the user's block visibility setting, if necessary.
    if ($block->custom != BLOCK_CUSTOM_FIXED) {
      if ($user->uid && isset($user->data['block'][$block->module][$block->delta])) {
        $enabled = $user->data['block'][$block->module][$block->delta];
      else {
        $enabled = ($block->custom == BLOCK_CUSTOM_ENABLED);
    else {
      $enabled = TRUE;

    // Limited visibility blocks must list at least one page.
    if ($block->visibility == BLOCK_VISIBILITY_LISTED && empty($block->pages)) {
      $enabled = FALSE;

    if (!$enabled) {

    // Match path if necessary.
    if ($block->pages) {
      // Convert path to lowercase. This allows comparison of the same path
      // with different case. Ex: /Page, /page, /PAGE.
      $pages = drupal_strtolower($block->pages);
      if ($block->visibility < BLOCK_VISIBILITY_PHP) {
        // Convert the Drupal path to lowercase.
        $path = drupal_strtolower(drupal_get_path_alias($_GET['q']));
        // Compare the lowercase internal and lowercase path alias (if any).
        $page_match = drupal_match_path($path, $pages);
        if ($path != $_GET['q']) {
          $page_match = $page_match || drupal_match_path($_GET['q'], $pages);
        // When $block->visibility has a value of 0
        // (BLOCK_VISIBILITY_NOTLISTED), the block is displayed on all pages
        // except those listed in $block->pages. When set to 1
        // (BLOCK_VISIBILITY_LISTED), it is displayed only on those pages
        // listed in $block->pages.
        $page_match = !($block->visibility xor $page_match);
      elseif (module_exists('php')) {
        $page_match = php_eval($block->pages);
      else {
        $page_match = FALSE;
    else {
      $page_match = TRUE;

    if (!$page_match) {

Thank you No Sssweat for pointing me to right direction.

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