I am having a custom hand coded PHP page within a Drupal module that loads in a fancybox. I want the Drupal t() function to work in it. What should I include in the file to make it function?

  • Are you including the PHP file from a module?
    – apaderno
    Oct 16, 2012 at 8:26

2 Answers 2


Include these lines in your php file

define('DRUPAL_ROOT', getcwd());

include_once DRUPAL_ROOT . '/includes/bootstrap.inc';
  • If the page is loaded from a module, I would imagine that Drupal is already bootstrapped, surely?
    – Chapabu
    Oct 16, 2012 at 8:29
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    I guess that depends on how he includes the file. His question is a bit vague about how that is handled. If he, for example, has a php file as a POST callback and the file just happens to be in the module directory, then it wouldn't get any Drupal functionality at all.
    – hampusn
    Oct 16, 2012 at 9:15
  • @hampusn This is what esafwan asked. Oct 16, 2012 at 9:20
  • @Mathankumar The question doesn't actually state if the file is loaded through Drupal or just with a standard require/include call.
    – hampusn
    Oct 16, 2012 at 10:05

By default the t() function is accessible from any custom module.

You shouldn't have to include any other files/code.

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