I'm just about to roll out a new Pathauto Alias to include a new taxonomy term, which will modify about 1000 nodes. Is there a way to preserve the current path aliases I have now, and then bulk update all my nodes to the new pattern?

I assume I'll need to use Path Redirect in conjunction with Global Redirect somehow to keep the old paths pointing to the new paths?


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To preserve AND redirect existing aliases when you implement a change like that:

  • install the Path Redirect module
  • open the 'Automated Alias Settings' in URL Aliases (admin/build/path/pathauto)
  • open the 'General' fieldset
  • change the radio button for 'Update action' to 'Create a new alias. Redirect from old alias' (see screenshot below).


  • No problem. That option is seriously hard to find!
    – g_thom
    Jun 14, 2011 at 5:02
  • What's the easiest way to bulk generate the new paths? (or for that matter, any way, without deleting existing :)
    – DanH
    Jun 14, 2011 at 6:32
  • I think Views Bulk Operations is the easiest way. It allows you to update as many URLs as your server memory permits.
    – g_thom
    Jun 14, 2011 at 6:58
  • Oh awesome, I'd always ignored VBO, never realised this is what it was for :D Thanks again!
    – DanH
    Jun 14, 2011 at 7:05

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