I am developing a custom module and I need an URL that would trigger an action when called.

The purpose is for an external server to call this address passing some variables through $_REQUEST['message'], and then return a STRING with the success/error string. So the URL in question is only supposed to be called by a machine.

I now have a PHP file in the root that does the job, but I'd like to integrate it to the Drupal way through this custom module.... Is there a way to do this?

Thank you

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The best way to do this is to build a custom module and implement the hook hook_menu().

You'll need to implement:

  • a .info file with metadata about your module
  • a .module file containing hook_menu() and your callback

foo.module should look like this:

function foo_menu() {
  $items = array();
  $items['foo/myurl'] = array( // change 'foo/myurl' to the url you want
    'title' => 'Callback',
    'type' => MENU_CALLBACK,
    'page callback' => 'custom_callback',
    'access arguments' => array('access content'),
  return $items;

function custom_callback () {
  // Parse $_REQUEST parameters
  return 'success';
  • how can I make the custom_callback() function to echo some when visited from the browser? It should return a string (or an XML)... Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 10:06
  • Using echo() :)
    – Bart
    Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 10:14
  • maybe you can guide me on this one? drupal.stackexchange.com/q/6667/1146 (continuation of this one, but I'd rather make it a Question than a comment). Thanks Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 18:08

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