While viewing a views generated page, like for instance a taxonomy term page, is there a way to update the views generated content by passing it some parameters, like for instance a new taxonomy term.

The purpose of this would be to update a view page content via an ajax request.


2 Answers 2


You can easily execute and render a view with arguments in a custom module.

I would:

1 - Set up some JS code to trigger an AJAX call to the server

2 - Use hook_menu() to define a custom menu callback on a specific URL, ie: /views/ajax/view_name/view_display/view_arguments

3 - Create your callback function()

4 - Load and render the view with arguments: (this is From Views 2 API):

$view = views_get_view('foobar');  // get the view named `foobar`
$view->set_display('page_1');  // Set the view display you want to use
$view->set_arguments(array($foo));  // Pass an array containing one or several variables you want to use as arguments in the view
$result = $view->render(); // Returns HTML 

5 - Return your result in JSON (practical sometime if you want to pass more information than the view itself). You can use drupal_json_output() in D7.


Here is the javascript I ended up using to load the views block with ajax and pass in the contextual filter from the href value of a list of links I created on page. Hope this helps someone!

function getInfo(args) {

    url: Drupal.settings.basePath + 'views/ajax',
    type: 'post',
    data: {
      view_name: 'agent_lookup',
      view_display_id: 'agent_lookup_block', //your display id
      view_args: args,
    dataType: 'json',
    success: function (response) {
        if (response[1] !== undefined) {
        var viewHtml = response[1].data;
        //Drupal.attachBehaviors(); //check if you need this.

        error: function(data) {
         alert('An error occured!');

    var the_id = $(this).attr('href');
    noSlashes = the_id.replace(/\//g,'');


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