In drupal 7, I want to render block into another block, for example block-1 into block-2. I guess I should put some PHP code into block-2, but I don't know what the code could be?

  • Putting "some PHP code into block" is a very bad idea. Please elaborate on what you want to accomplish, as this doesn't make sense without more context.
    – Letharion
    Commented Apr 15, 2012 at 8:40
  • Are looking to multiple, related pieces of content together like a mini-panel? (drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/28266)
    – Ashlar
    Commented Apr 15, 2012 at 14:54
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    like <?php print render(block_load($module, $delta)); ?>? Commented Apr 15, 2012 at 19:56
  • @Letharion, "newsletter" module created "newsletter" block which I want to put that into some reserved place in other block
    – Sadegh
    Commented Apr 16, 2012 at 8:00
  • @Ashlar, Thanks for your response, I don't know what mini panel is, but I'm trying to figure that out :)
    – Sadegh
    Commented Apr 16, 2012 at 8:05

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Based on Ashlars's comment.

A minipanel, provided by Panels, is for anyone not used to Panels, essentially a block, that supports internal layouts. You can use a mini-panel to wrap several different blocks (and many other things, views, nodes, etc) into a single "block".

Unfortunately, I must admit that documentation is scarce on this topic. I will refer you to this other question: looking for a good mini panels tutorial.


Completely agree with Letharion's comment but if there is absolute need for such, this code snippet can help:

$block = module_invoke('module_name', 'block_view', 'block_delta');
print render($block['content']);

If you are unsure what are exact parameters for 'module_name' and 'block_delta' I'd recommend searching the database table block and locating your specific

  • module_name under column module
  • block_delta under column delta

second parameter block_view remains exactly like that.

Reference: https://www.drupal.org/node/26502

  • Good solution, however, it might not a best practice, especially if the client has write access to the block (which they probably would, because that's what a CMS is for). The client breaks any PHP code, and the entire site goes down.
    – dayuloli
    Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 5:01
  • Beyond that issue, this sometimes is the sharpest way to go. To invoke a block, you'd use this code, for example: <?php $block = module_invoke('block', 'block_view', BLOCK_ID_PASTE_HERE);
    – Meetai.com
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 3:14
  • It was good to point out that find out the 'module_name' and 'block_delta' by searching DB, useful trick!
    – hailong
    Commented May 11, 2018 at 3:46

Late answer for anyone who comes across this.

The cfrblock module, based on renderkit, allows to combine blocks and elements in any way you want, also supports conditional logic.

I am not sure if this covers the specific requirement of the original question: The original question wants to insert block-1 into block-2. What I am proposing here allows to create a new block which combines two existing blocks.

Follow the instructions on the module page:

  • Install cfrblock, renderkit, cfrpreset. This involves some composer packages, you will find instructions on renderkit module page.
  • Go to admin/structure/cfrpreset, add a preset for "BlockInterface".
  • Configure the block as you like.
  • Go to admin/structure/block. The presets you just created will appear there as blocks.

Possibilities when configuring the block:

  • Sequence of elements (blocks or other things). This is, I think, what you want here.
  • Views display.
  • Views exposed form.
  • Existing block.
  • Element wrapped into a special container.
  • Combination of the above, with endless nesting.

If you are crafty and creative, you can create your own elements and then recombine them into a block.

I am using this on a website where I have more custom plugins than you currently find in renderkit. I should add some of those to the contrib module..

NOTE: This is essentially the same answer I gave here, https://drupal.stackexchange.com/a/288747/2974. It applies in both cases.

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