With every drupal site I make, I usually create a custom module that I use to hold different php functions and other things custom to the site I am working on. It usually only consists of a module_name.module and module_name.info. Additionally, I always have .js file in the theme to do any javascripts I might need. Pretty standard right? But I have now run into a situation where I need the two to talk to one another.

I know you can call a .php file and pass it data using .ajax in jquery. How would I envoke a function written in my custom module from the js file in my theme?

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Hopefully this will help -- got this code from a Lullabot module development training.

It all revolves around a hook_menu callback. The value in 'page callback' is the function that will be called, in this case it is: "menu_magic_page"

So Drupal looks for the menu_magic_page() function.

Your jQuery / AJAX call would then reference the value what's in $items['X'] where X is "magic" here. So hitting http://example.com/magic would run the module function "menu_magic_page"

FWIW: the type/MENU_CALLBACK ensures it doesn't get added to menu's etc. It just ensures Drupal is ready to process it.

Hope this helps.

 * Implements hook_menu().
function menu_magic_menu() {
  $items = array();

   * This is a simple callback.
   * This will create a path at http://example.com/magic. When visited, that
   * URL will trigger the "menu_magic_page" function.

  $items['magic'] = array(
    'title' => 'Menu Magic!',
    'page callback' => 'menu_magic_page',
    'type' => MENU_CALLBACK,

 * Page callback for 'magic'. This is the function that will get called
 * everytime a user visits http://example.com/magic.
function menu_magic_page() {
  global $user;
  return t('Hello, @username!', array('@username' => $user->name));
  • I am using this in ajax $.ajax({ url: 'magic', type: "GET", success: function (data) { //Do something here with the "data" alert(data); } }); which is actuly returning me the HTML in alert rather the user name being return by this functions. What am I doing wrong? Feb 2, 2016 at 6:39
  • Rather I see RETURN is not working in 'menu_magic_page' but print. Feb 2, 2016 at 7:22

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