I have a custom row template, and I know I can obtain the rendered field output with:

$field_output = $view->render_field($fieldname, $view->row_index);

For a certain multi-valued field, I would now like to create an array of the rendered output of each item in the field.

$field_output[3] = rendered field output for 3rd item in my multi-valued field

Anyone know how I can do this?


There are two approaches I am aware of, but neither is a good, robust solution.

Approach #1: get_values()

One approach is to call get_values, and then grab the safe_value:

$vals = $view->field[$fieldname]->get_value($row);
$field_values = array();
foreach ($vals as $i=>$v){
  $field_values[$i] = $v['safe_value'];

The problem with this approach, as described here, is that (a) it breaks localization and (b) some fields do not have a safe_value.

Approach #2: render_field()

The second approach (see below) uses render_field() and then explodes the result:

$field_values = array();
$field_output_str = $view->render_field($fieldname, $view->row_index);
if (!empty($field_output_str)){
  $separator = ',';
  $field_values = explode($separator, $field_output_str);

The problem with this approach is that, in addition to exploding multi-valued fields, it also explodes individual fields that contain commas, such as text fields.

Does anyone have a better, more robust solution?

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If the field is multi-valued, then $view->render_field($fieldname, $view->row_index) returns a comma-separated string of the individual rendered items:


To generate the array $field_output_array where $field_output_array[2] = rendered_item2, explode the string:

$field_output_string = $view->render_field($fieldname, $view->row_index);
$separator = ',';
$field_output_array = explode($separator, $field_output_string);
  • Unfortunately, this is not a robust solution. It does not work for multi-valued fields that contain commas within the field values. For example, if I have a text field that contains 20 commas, and I use the ',' separator to explode $field_output_string, then I end up exploding that text field into 21 pieces. Does anyone know a more robust solution, for programmatically rendering multiple-valued views-fields?
    – user606696
    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:51

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