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I'm using Drupal Cycle module and list field_images items. I check 'random' button, but it is not working. I want get random image every refresh page. How can do it? field_sort_items or anyway solution?

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    In the view the sort criteria should be global: random – Tyler Durden Dec 20 '12 at 17:21
  • I don't use Views. – Karmacoma Dec 20 '12 at 22:44
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You can do this in lots and lots of ways. This is 1 way without Views.

I did this for a homepage. I made 5 variables that hold FIDs for files uploaded using FAPI file_managed fapi element in an admin settings form.

Then using hook_page_build if I'm on the homepage I created a render array that simply calls theme_image using a random file id by loading my 5 variables into an array and using PHP's array_rand() to extract 1 random array value.

Lastly, if you can get this far -- and you have page caching turned on ... you'll only get 1 image ever and it'll never be random. For the render array inserted using hook_page_build you have to set #cache => FALSE within the render array so Drupal will not cache your images and it will be random every pageload.

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If you used views, you might try Views Javascript Random module which randomizes on the client side. Sadly, it looks like it is only for D6.

Adds a new sort type to views. It's under sort criteria -> Global: Javascript Random.

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