I have two views that are block displays. I'm trying to embed these views in a block. When I include the block nothing is displayed. If i add "test" to $block['content'] it displays test in the block body.

Here is my code ($gid is an organic group id as an argument to the block):

  case 5: // Create Mugshot block
    $viewName = 'display_most_wanted';
    $display_id1 = 'block_1';
    $args = array($gid);
    $wanted = views_embed_view($viewName, $display_id1, $args);

    $display_id2 = 'block_2';
    $convicted = views_embed_view($viewName, $display_id2, $args);

    $block['subject'] = 'CWPA OG Mugshots';
    $block['content'] = $wanted . $convicted;         

    // Throw an error

return $block;

2 Answers 2


Your problem is the arguments are not getting passed properly

function views_embed_view($name, $display_id = 'default') {
  $args = func_get_args();
  array_shift($args); // remove $name
  if (count($args)) {
    array_shift($args); // remove $display_id

  $view = views_get_view($name);
  if (!$view || !$view->access($display_id)) {

  return $view->preview($display_id, $args);

So you want $wanted = views_embed_view($viewName, $display_id1, $args[0], $args[1], $args[etc]);

Also from the Creator of Views

You either want:

views_embed_view('viewname', 'page_1', 1, 2, 3)


views_embed_view('viewname', 'page_1', '1+2+3')

depending on if you have a single argument expecting multiple nids or multiple arguments each expecting a single nid.

  • Thank you, worked as soon as I changed my statement to use $args[0] instead of $args.
    – Arosboro
    Jul 18, 2011 at 20:28

It seems like instead of rendering the views programmatically you could also leverage the Views "Attachment" display . The allows you to attach a view to another display, in other words render one view after another. The "block_1" display of the view you posted above would be the main view displayed as a block, and then you would change the "block_2" display to an attachment and configure the settings similar to the image below.

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This would eliminate the need to create custom code to display both views in a block.

  • I've already tried this, it nests the attachment within the first block. I need them side by side in the code.
    – Arosboro
    Jul 18, 2011 at 20:27
  • 1
    Understood. I would assume you could display them side-by-side by overriding the view's template or writing some CSS. My design skills are non-existent, though, so take it with a huge grain of salt. Jul 23, 2011 at 14:36

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