I have created several views templates that are currently stored in my active themes directory. In would prefer these templates be stored within my module directory.

My question is, how can I bring these theme files (views-view-field.tpl.php for example.) into my modules directory and have them be seen by Views?

Looking at the Views modules, I can see that default templates are stored in views/theme, but I don't see how it has been implemented.


This took me a while to figure out as well. The following code should be placed in your .module file (the code assumes your module is called "NAME")

* Implements hook_views_api().
* Enabling using templates inside module
function NAME_views_api() {
  return array(
    'api' => 3,
    'path' => drupal_get_path('module', 'NAME'),
    'template path' => drupal_get_path('module', 'NAME'),

This will tell Views to look in the root directory of your module. I personally am a fan of adding a subdirectory to the module to hold template files. To do this append the directory name to the end of the template path, eg:

'template path' => drupal_get_path('module', 'NAME') . '/templates',
  • Adding them to a sub-directory is a fantastic idea, cleans things up and it works perfectly. Future searchers make sure to clear your Drupal cache. Thank you @Reekan Mantell – Citricguy Aug 29 '12 at 11:25
  • Thank you! I've been hacking my admin theme for months just to over-ride a views field in seven. Now I don't have to. – JM01 Jan 29 '15 at 23:10
  • And I must say that you can still put TPL in your theme even if you have implemented this code. Thanks. – anou Feb 10 '16 at 16:38
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    This will not work with Features modules, instead use hook_views_api_alter() as noted here: deeson.co.uk/labs/views-templates-features-module – Aubrey Robertson Jul 29 '16 at 17:01

Another approach is to define the template using 'hook_theme', as this article describes: http://grayside.org/2010/09/how-override-views-field-template-module

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