I am trying to add custom actions, events and conditions to work with Rules interface. I began by adding custom actions by creating a custom module. Here's my code till now.

rules_example.info :

name = Rules Example
description = Test module to add new actions, events, and conditions
core = 7.x

rules_example.module :


rules_example.rules.inc :


  * @file
  * Example rules module to create actions, events, and conditions

 * Implement hook_rules_action_info()

 * Declare any meta data about actions for Rules

function rules_example_rules_action_info() {
$actions = array(
    'rules_example_actions_hello_world' => array(
        'label' => t('Print Hello World on the page'),
        'group' => t('Rules Example'),
    'rules_example_actions_hello_user' => array(
        'label' => t('Print Hello to the logged in user'),
        'group' => t('Rules Example'),
        'parameter' => array(
            'account' => array(
                'type' => 'user',
                'label' => t('User to say hello to'),

return $actions;

 * The action function for rules_example_action_hello_world

function rules_example_action_hello_world() {
drupal_set_message(t('Hello World'));

 * The action function for rules_example_action_hello_user

function rules_example_action_hello_user($account) {
drupal_set_message(t('Hello @username',
 array('@username' => $account->name)));

Well, this is it. I have saved all these files in a folder rules_example in sites/all/modules. When i install the module or rather try to install it i get this error:

ReflectionException: Function rules_example_actions_hello_world() does not exist in ReflectionFunction->__construct() (line 1691 of /opt/lampp/htdocs/sites/all/modules/rules/includes/rules.core.inc)

I am not sure what the error is. I am going to rules.core.inc but am not able to understand what is causing the error. Thanks.

  • shouldn't you have files[] = my_module.rules.inc in your info file?
    – hkoosha
    Jul 4, 2013 at 13:54
  • 1
    @loolooyyyy I don't think files[] is for generally including code - it's for classes and interfaces specifically. Aug 27, 2013 at 14:34

2 Answers 2


There is a typo in your code - the function name is "rules_example_actions_hello_world" in your actions definition, while the actual function is called "rules_example_action_hello_world".


In rules_example.module, add this:

module_load_include('inc', 'rules_example', 'rules_example.rules');

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