I have a page view with exposed filters. One of the filters is term vocabulary, and that's dropdown list, user can select only one category (term).

I want to set programmatically one term from dropdown list when I came from specific URL. I tried with views_query_alter where $category is tid.

 $set_exposed_input  = array();
 $set_exposed_input['field_category_tid'] = $category;

 if ($set_exposed_input) {

3 Answers 3


For drupal 7 you can use

$view->exposed_input[$key] = $value;

This is

$view->exposed_input['title'] = 'My title is a cat';

For a full example you can try this:

$name = 'name_of_view';
$display = 'page_1';
$alter = array('exposed' =>array('title' => 'title_value'));

$view = views_get_view($name);
$view->is_cacheable = FALSE;

  foreach($alter['exposed'] as $key => $valor){

     $view->exposed_input[$key] = $valor;


$output = $view->display_handler->preview();


Other way is using the views set_option function

$filters = $view->display_handler->get_option('filters');

foreach($alter['exposed'] as $key => $valor){
   $filters[$key]['value'] = $valor;
   $view->display_handler->set_option('filters', $filters);
  • 1
    where do you place this, in a view pre execute or something like that?
    – Mika A.
    Commented Apr 17, 2013 at 8:57
  • In the views tpl! And the full example, wherever, it has a load view function
    – rafinskipg
    Commented Apr 26, 2013 at 9:38
  • 1
    You can also add it to hook_views_pre_view Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 15:33
  • 6
    The tpl file should be used to display rendered content, not to set business logic. Please try one of the other myriad views hooks: api.drupal.org/api/views/views.api.php/7 Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 15:21
  • What about non exposed filter? I have very rare use case and I need to set filter value by custom code.
    – Codium
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 1:43

with Drupal 7.54 when you want to process the exposed filter programmatically, this is how you do it when you have a multiple valued field. The solution to see how to pass exposed filter is to follow how the URL is made.

Here: view_name?alias[1]=1

$view = views_get_view('view_name');

$filters = array('alias' => array('1'));


You can execute this from wherever you want. Preferably from the module file.


Set exposed filter value like this:

$view->exposed_input['field_category_tid'] = $category;

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