I have a style plugin, 'mystyle'. And I created a view, 'myview', with style set to 'mystyle'.

Here is the declaration of 'mystyle' in hook_view_plugins:

function mymodule_views_plugins() {
  $plugins = array(
    'module' => 'mymodule',
    'style' => array(
      'mystyle' => array(
        'title' => t('My Style'),
        'handler' => 'mymodule_views_plugin_mystyle',
        'theme' => 'mymodule_views_plugin_mystyle_template',
        'uses fields' => TRUE,
        'uses row plugin' => FALSE,
        'uses options' => TRUE,
        'uses grouping' => FALSE,
        'type' => 'normal',
        'even empty' => FALSE,
  return $plugins;

I have the following files in mymodule/views:

(handler) mymodule_views_plugin_mystyle.inc

(template associated with this style) mymodule-views-plugin-mystyle-template.tpl.php

(template associated with this style, and customized for the view 'myview') mymodule-views-plugin-mystyle-template--myview.tpl.php

My problem: Views is using the first, less specific, template (mymodule-views-plugin-mystyle-template.tpl.php) to display this view.

When I edit 'myview' and click on "theme information", I see both templates listed under "style output":

  • mymodule-views-plugin-mystyle-template.tpl.php
  • mymodule-views-plugin-mystyle-template--myview.tpl.php

The first, less specific, template is in bold. If I understand correctly, this means that views found the first template but did not find the second.

I have tried rescanning, but that does not help. I have also tried deleting the cache.

Should this work? What do I need to do to get views to find the more specific template?


1 Answer 1


Drupal by default doesn't scan for more specific templates in modules directories, but views allows you to do it by adding 'template path' to hook_views_api(), see: https://api.drupal.org/api/views/views.api.php/function/hook_views_api/7.x-3.x

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