I intend to pass a predetermined NodeID into a webform through URL querystring like so:


On the webform, one of the field values must be calculated by getting the Node Title based on what the nid is. I want to use a textfield, so that it can be one of the values submitted in the email. Can this be achieved?...because from what I see, the "default value" box only allows for a few tokens and no custom code. Furthermore I don't want to pass in the NodeTitle directly in the querystring for 2 reasons:

  1. It will contain spaces and therefore will not be URL encoded, and
  2. I want to avoid people tampering with the querysting

Here's hoping some drupal guru can come to my rescue! thanks in advance!

  • would I have to create a custom token?
    – maGz
    Jul 24, 2011 at 23:04

2 Answers 2


We had exactly the same issue when we were developing a custom job application online form, and we wanted to pass in the job details into the webform in question. How we solved it:

  • Created (job application) webform node
  • Created links to the webform node above in the form of /apply-online?n=17
  • Created custom node-856.tpl.php (856 happened to be the node of the apply online webform) to
    • first validate the nid as a valid job
    • validate that the job is published
    • validate that the job had not closed
    • format the additional fields into the webform such as title, position etc etc
    • stop any URL tampering
  • Created a custom webform validation hook to ensure that only published nodes of type 'job' were allowed to ever be submitted (to stop any form tampering)

Sample code for the validation hook:

 *  Implementation of hook_form_alter()
 *  This function is used to add an extra validation function to the apply online webform
function site_profile_form_webform_client_form_856_alter(&$form, &$form_state)  {
  $form['#validate'][] = 'site_profile_validate';

 *  Implementation of hook_validate()
 *  Doesn't exactly validate the webform as that's done in another validation function
 *  This takes the nid from the job_url field and turns it into a url.
function site_profile_validate($form, &$form_state) {
  global $base_url;

  $nid = $form_state['values']['submitted']['job_url'];
  $node = node_load($nid);
  $job_url = $base_url . url('node/' . $nid);
  $form_state['values']['submitted']['job_url'] = $job_url;

  //need this to stop the form losing the nid argument in the url
  if (empty($form_state['values']['submitted']['cv']['_fid']) || empty($form_state['values']['submitted']['cover_letter']['_fid']) || empty($form_state['values']['submitted']['completed_application_form']['_fid'])) {
    drupal_goto('apply-online', array('n' => $nid));

Sample code for the node-856.tpl.php:

  // job's apply online node ID = 856, this template was made to theme this
  // particular page

  $job_nid = $_GET['n'];
  if (!is_numeric($job_nid)) {
  $job_node = node_load($job_nid);
  if ($job_node->type != 'job') {
<div id="node-<?php print $node->nid; ?>" class="node<?php if (!$status) { print ' node-unpublished'; } ?>">

  <h4><?php print t('Job Title'); ?></h4>
  <p><?php print $job_node->title; ?></p>
  <h4><?php print t('Vacancy Number'); ?></h4>
  <p><?php print $job_node->field_number[0]['value']; ?></p>
  <h4><?php print t('Closing Date'); ?></h4>
  <p><?php print $closing_date; ?></p>
  <h4><?php print t('Job Summary'); ?></h4>
  <p><?php print $job_node->teaser; ?></p>

Hope this helps

  • wiifm, u are a saviour!!! please gimme a few minutes to read over this again and understand it before I attempt implementing it. Thank you for taking the time to assist me
    – maGz
    Jul 25, 2011 at 0:44
  • I'm guessing that site_profile gets replaced with my theme name, right?
    – maGz
    Jul 25, 2011 at 0:50
  • site_profile in the above example was the name of a custom module
    – wiifm
    Jul 25, 2011 at 2:01
  • Ah, I see. If you don't mind, I've more or less understood everything, but just wish to inquire about 2 things: (1) could you please explain the $form_state variable a bit more; and (2) I'm guessing that $job_node->field_number[0]['value'] writes that value to the first webform field?
    – maGz
    Jul 25, 2011 at 2:27
  • sorry, I don't have enough rep to vote your answer up, but I'm certain this is the correct one. Please could you just provide a little bit further info based on my previous comment.
    – maGz
    Jul 25, 2011 at 2:28

Here is a short howto I wrote on getting custom code to run with Webform. It details writing a custom module, copying the Webform template to match the nodeID, and adding custom javascript/jquery for form processing.


  • Thznks Tim, that's very helpful
    – maGz
    Sep 24, 2011 at 8:11

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