I have a page view with exposed filters and would like to print said filters into a custom block in order to add extra html markup above the actual form. This block will be used on other pages using Context.

I know I can create a block by setting 'exposed filters in block' to yes, however that's not the solution I am looking for.

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Hours and hours of searching and nothing was working. Several minutes after posting this question, I figured it out. The following code can be used in template files or blocks.

  $block = module_invoke('views', 'block_view', '-exp-VIEW_NAME-DISPLAY_NAME');
  print render($block['content']);
  • There are so many ways to manage this with code. Nice finding though.
    – niksmac
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 7:34
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    Yeah, there were tons of other very complex solutions out there! This one is short and simple. Granted I am sure there are use cases for the other solutions.
    – filmoreha
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 7:37
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    On another note, thanks for coming back to tell people your solution!
    – Chapabu
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 9:48

Its simple take a look at the screenshot. enter image description here

  • I understand thats one way to do it, but that wasn't the solution I was looking for. I needed to be able to add HTML markup above the actual form. Thanks though.
    – filmoreha
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 7:27
  • @filmoreha Well. A simple tweak is to make a module with custom markup and handle it same way like this form via contextual filters or something.. I am also looking for a better solution.
    – niksmac
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 7:32

For Drupal 7:

$view = views_get_view('view_name');
$display_id = 'page'; // Display: page/block
$form_state = array(
    'view' => $view,
    'display' => $view->display_handler->display,
    'exposed_form_plugin' => $view->display_handler->get_plugin('exposed_form'),
    'method' => 'get',
    'rerender' => TRUE,
    'no_redirect' => TRUE,
    'always_process' => TRUE, // This is important for handle the form status.
$form = drupal_build_form('views_exposed_form', $form_state);
print drupal_render($form);

'always_process' is main form state argument for handle the exposed filter form status.

From https://www.drupal.org/node/2854114

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