For some backups and exports, I need to fetch the URL-aliases for each node in SQL. The url_alias taqble, however, has no foreign key to the node table (nid) nor the other way around, it seems.

Is there some hidden join-table somewhere? A neat trick to fetch the node and its alias in a JOIN?

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Since the value in the src column in the url_alias table is predictable for nodes you can just query it directly, without the need for any joins:

$nid = 1; // node id
$src = 'node/' . $nid;
$query = db_query("SELECT dst FROM {url_alias} WHERE src = '%s'", $src);

If you definitely want to use a join though, something like this will work:

SELECT n.nid, ua.dst
FROM {node} n 
INNER JOIN {url_alias} ua ON ua.src = CONCAT('node/', n.nid)
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    Thanks, the concat in the ON is exactly what I was looking for. Performs horribly, but not a huge problem here.
    – berkes
    Jul 3, 2012 at 11:12
  • I am using Drupal 7 and there is no such field ua.src I needed to change it to this: INNER JOIN {url_alias} ua ON ua.source = CONCAT('node/', n.nid), and now it works. Feb 11, 2015 at 11:56
  • How to do this with db_select. Jul 25, 2016 at 6:54

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