I need to get an image's full URL path as a token that I can use as a replacement pattern in Views.

I'm trying to have one thumbnail image link to a larger image. I have the larger image excluded from view so I can use it as a token. When I try to export the thumbnail image as a link using the larger image's token, the token is apparently the <img> tag instead of the path.

I think I can do this if I change the field type of the larger image to a File, but I want the benefits that come with the Image type (cropping, scaling, etc).

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I ended up using a module to create a custom formatter. Image URL Formatter http://drupal.org/project/image_url_formatter . It created a new formatter option called "Image URL," and I can use that as a token.


Old, but I think:


would do it

of in case of a multiple image field:



  • IMAGEFIELD_TOKEN is your image field token, like field-image, field-images, etc.
  • IMAGEFIELD_IDX (for multiple fields) is your 0-based index. 0 for the first image, 1 for the second and so on.

The contents of the token in this case is controlled by the formatter that renders the image. Perhaps the formatter has a setting to render the image as a direct link instead? I haven't tried doing this in Drupal 7, but with imagefield in D6 there was a direct link option.

If not, the best way to solve this is to add such a formatter.

  • Great, thanks for the tip. I ended up using a module to do this. Image URL Formatter (drupal.org/project/image_url_formatter). It created a new Formatter option called "Image URL," and I can use that as a token.
    – Brad
    Commented May 25, 2012 at 17:11
  • Glad you got it working. :) You should post that as an answer though, so you can accept it and the question becomes answered. Or it will remain in the "unanswered questions" queue forever.
    – Letharion
    Commented May 25, 2012 at 17:13
  • Ha, gotcha. I was just wondering if I did that right...
    – Brad
    Commented May 25, 2012 at 17:13
  • It certainly sounds right, and the answer that works for you is by definition the one you should accept. I would just have thought no extra module was necessary.
    – Letharion
    Commented May 25, 2012 at 17:16
  • From what I've read, I believe they took the image path formatter option away in Drupal 7? The only option under "Formatter" that I saw was "Image." I wasn't sure how to manually create a custom formatter, so I went with the module.
    – Brad
    Commented May 25, 2012 at 17:20

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