I'm using the Content:Nid contextual filter in my view (with exposed filters) and would like to dynamically set the value of this contextual filter from the exposed form validation callback. Is this possible?

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Contextual filters work with arguments from the url so for example {drupal site}/search-nid/% where search-nid is the url of your page and % is the value you wish to submit to the contextual filter.

An exposed filter tends to take it's values from the query string E.G. {drupal site}/search-nid?field_nid=% (Again search-nid is the page url and % is the value of the nid)

If you are trying to do what I think you are, (Filter results to a specific nid using a URL to "autofill" the filter) I did this in a hook_form_submit function and not a hook_form_validate function. The function below assumes your module is mymodule and your form id is advancedsearch_form. The function looked as follows:

 * Implements hook_form_submit()
 * Takes values from submitted form and appends them to query string
 * uses @see drupal_goto for info one $form_state['#redirect']
function mymodule_advancedsearch_form_submit($form, &$form_state) {
  $qsa = array(); //for QSA arguments

  $field_nid = $form_state['values']['field_nid'];
  $qsa['field-nid'] = $field_nid;

  $form_state['redirect'] = array(
      'query' => $qsa,

This may not be best practise (In fact I'm sure it isn't as it was a quick hack I implemented in about 5 mins!) but I hope it does answer your question.

  • This is not exactly what I'm trying to do. I'm not using URL arguments at all and I need to be able to dynamically setup the contextual filter from the views exposed form validation callback.
    – ovi
    Mar 20, 2013 at 19:57
  • Do you mean you want to dynamically add which field is used for the contextual filter? Mar 23, 2013 at 10:46
  • No, I want to setup the value of the Content: Nid contextual filter from inside the view exposed form validation callback.
    – ovi
    Mar 23, 2013 at 14:26

I succeeded doing this by modifying $form_state['view']->args[0], which is the first argument (contextual filter) for the view. In my case, this was the Content: Nid contextual filter.

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