I have a problem with integrating the Pathauto and Profiles modules. Basically, I would like to have the username as URL, e.g. example.com/username. This should link to the profile page (not the account page). I know how to do it for account ([user:name]) however this method does not work for the profile patterns. There is only certain number of patterns available for profile paths and no username I am afraid. I tried node:author:name, but this doesnt work as well?

Can anyone help with this, or suggest any other solution?

  • Whats the url pattern of the actual profile?
    – Dipen
    Jan 28, 2012 at 15:15
  • Have you tried adding the pattern to the content type of profile i path auto?
    – frazras
    Jul 4, 2012 at 5:45

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you can automatically path save the user name when user access the user/uid page add a submit handler in form alter and

$form['#submit'][1] = 'redirect_to_profile_username_page'; 

// here get the user name field

function redirect_to_profile_detail(&$form, &$form_state){
$uid = $form_state['build_info']['args'][0]->uid;
$user = user_load($uid);
$clean = $user->name;
      $Alias_1 = get_alias('source','user/'.$uid,1);
        $pathAlias = !empty($Alias_1) ? $Alias_1['alias'] : FALSE;
        if($pathAlias === FALSE){
                path_save($args = array("source" => 'user'.'/'.$uid,"alias" => $clean));
                $pathAlias = drupal_lookup_path('alias',$clean);
       $form_state['redirect'] = $clean;

this will redirect the user/uid page to that particular username as url page

here we are creating a aliase for user/uid so when you access sitename/username that user profile page will be loaded.

  • you can also give the aliase in pathauto module pattern will help you out Feb 12, 2015 at 19:49

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