I've removed the tabs 'view and edit' from the node content type display. I need to provide a custom link to edit the particular node based on user permissions. I've used node/%/edit in node tpl but it does'n't work. Can someone help me with the proper method to achieve this


In your node.tpl.php you have access to current node object $node and you can get the node id. You can check permissions for current logged user with user_access function

So you can do the next thing in your node.tpl.php

      if (user_access('your_permission_here')){
       //create link for current node edit
       echo l(t('Edit this node'), 'node/' . $node->nid . '/edit');
  • You also need to check if the user is the author then render the edit link, otherwise anyone with the exact set of permission can see the link.
    – Sohail
    Jul 25 '15 at 11:42
  • Here is a better solution that checks the permission first: stackoverflow.com/a/33258230/1127583
    – batigolix
    Oct 21 '15 at 11:40

This did it for me without having to worry about user permissions(default drupal permissions apply)... pasted it in the tpl for getting the edit link.

if (node_access('update',$node)){
print l(t('Edit'),'node/'.$node->nid.'/edit' );

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