I have got a problem in my template.php file, where I am trying to add data to $vars. I basically have a preprocess function for a view and in it I am trying to pass some extra info to $vars. However, the view is not getting those variables. This is what I have in my template.php file:

  * Generic preprocess that is still working on D7
function mytheme_preprocess_views_view_fields(&$vars) {
  if (isset($vars['view']->name)) {
    $function = __FUNCTION__ . '__' . $vars['view']->name . '__' . $vars['view']->current_display;
    if (function_exists($function)) {

* preprocess variables for the badge owners view
//function mytheme_preprocess_views_view__badge_owners (&$vars) {
function mytheme_preprocess_views_view_fields__badge_owners__page_1(&$vars) {
  $bid = $vars['view']->args[0];

  //Get the badge info
  $badge = db_query("
    SELECT ubb.bid, ubb.weight, ubb.name, ubb.image, ubb.href,
    ubb.unhideable, ubb.fixedweight, ubb.doesnotcounttolimit, ubb.tid
    FROM {user_badges_badges} ubb
    WHERE ubb.bid = :bid", array(
      ':bid' => $bid

  $vars['bid'] = $bid;
  $vars['name'] = $badge->name;
  $vars['badge'] = theme('user_badge', array('badge' => $badge));
  $vars['an_extra_variable'] = 'hope this shows up in $vars';

  drupal_set_title(t('Badge: @badge_name', array('@badge_name' => $badge->name)));

This is what I have in my views-view--badge-owners.tpl.php file:

* Variables available:
* - $css_name: A css-safe version of the view name.
* - $header: The view header
* - $footer: The view footer
* - $rows: The results of the view query, if any
* - $empty: The empty text to display if the view is empty
* - $pager: The pager next/prev links to display, if any
* - $exposed: Exposed widget form/info to display
* - $feed_icon: Feed icon to display, if any
* - $more: A link to view more, if any
* - $admin_links: A rendered list of administrative links
* - $admin_links_raw: A list of administrative links suitable for theme('links')
* @ingroup views_templates
<div class="view view-<?php print $css_name; ?> view-id-<?php print $name; ?> view-display-id-<?php print $display_id; ?> view-dom-id-<?php print $dom_id; ?>">
  <?php if (isset($admin_links)): ?>
    <div class="views-admin-links views-hide">
      <?php print $admin_links; ?>
  <?php endif; ?>

  <div class="view-header clearfix">
  <div class="mytheme-badge-owners-badge"><?php print $badge;?></div>

  <?php if ($exposed): ?>
    <div class="view-filters">
      <?php print $exposed; ?>
  <?php endif; ?>

  <?php if ($attachment_before): ?>
    <div class="attachment attachment-before">
      <?php print $attachment_before; ?>
  <?php endif; ?>

  <?php if ($rows): ?>
    <div class="view-content">
      <?php print $rows; ?>
  <?php elseif ($empty): ?>
    <div class="view-empty">
      <?php print $empty; ?>
  <?php endif; ?>

  <?php if ($pager): ?>
    <?php print $pager; ?>
  <?php endif; ?>

  <?php if ($attachment_after): ?>
    <div class="attachment attachment-after">
      <?php print $attachment_after; ?>
  <?php endif; ?>

  <?php if ($more): ?>
    <?php print $more; ?>
  <?php endif; ?>

  <?php if ($footer): ?>
    <div class="view-footer">
      <?php print $footer; ?>
  <?php endif; ?>

  <?php if ($feed_icon): ?>
    <div class="feed-icon">
      <?php print $feed_icon; ?>
  <?php endif; ?>

</div> <?php /* class view */ ?>

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • Have you tried assigning the $badge vars as an array on $vars['view'] instead? e.g $vars['view']->badge = $badge_info_array; Jan 7, 2013 at 8:42

1 Answer 1


OK, it looks as though you're using the $badge variables in a more general parent/container views template, when the $badge variables are added in a child template preprocess function. The tpl variables aren't available at that container point.

The solution is to implement


and add the badge data vars there instead.


  if (isset($vars['view']->name)) {
      case 'badge_owners':
        if($vars['view']->current_display == 'page_1'){
          // Rename current function to this
  • Thanks, that is excellent, it is working now! But there is one tiny problem still, setting the title of the view. For some reason, this line is not working: drupal_set_title(t('Badge: @badge_name', array('@badge_name' => $badge->name))); Any thoughts?
    – SN_26
    Jan 7, 2013 at 9:09
  • Glad to hear it!, regarding setting the page title, perhaps you can use $vars['view']->set_title($title); there instead? Otherwise may need some way to get the title to hook_preprocess_page Jan 7, 2013 at 9:28
  • 1
    Awesome!!!! Thanks, that worked like a charm! Saved me 2 days of work!
    – SN_26
    Jan 7, 2013 at 9:32

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