I updated my code to helderco's answer:

$mail = $form['mail']['#value'];
$subscriber = simplenews_subscriber_load_by_mail($mail);
$context = array(
    'category' => $form['newsletter']['#value']->name,
    'simplenews_subscriber' => $subscriber->snid


debug(token_replace('[simplenews-subscriber:unsubscribe-url]', $context, array('sanitize' => FALSE)));



is this correct?

I am writing a small module to extend the simplenews module, because as it seems, once a user has confirmed to be subscribed, no email is being sent. So I wrote a module which does exactly that.

Within the mail I am sending I would like to provide an unsubscribe link directly (or to a form). How would you do that? Simply adding the token within the mail text does not work.


function simplenews_apag_form_simplenews_confirm_add_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {
  $mail = $form['mail']['#value'];
  $form['question']['#markup'] = '<p>'. t('Do you really want to subsribe your e-mail adress (%mail) to get a notification via e-mail as soon as ...', array('%mail' => $mail)) . '</p>';
  $form['#submit'][0] = '_simplenews_apag_simplenews_confirm_add_form_submit';

function _simplenews_apag_simplenews_confirm_add_form_submit($form, &$form_state) {
  simplenews_subscribe_user($form_state['values']['mail'], $form_state['values']['newsletter']->tid, FALSE, 'website');

  $path = variable_get('simplenews_confirm_subscribe_page', variable_get('site_frontpage', 'node'));
  drupal_set_message(t('Thank you very much for your interest. You will receive a confirmation mail.'));

  $params = array();
  $address_default = variable_get('site_mail', '[email protected]');
  $params['from'] = variable_get('simplenews_from_address', $address_default);
  $params['to'] = $form_state['values']['mail'];

  drupal_mail('simplenews_apag', 'subscription_complete', $params['to'], language_default(), $params['from'] );

  $form_state['redirect'] = $path;

function simplenews_apag_mail($key, &$message, $params) {
  switch ($key) {
    case 'subscription_complete':

      $message['subject'] = 'Thanks';
      $message['body'][] = 'Bla Bla. Click the link beneath to unsubscribe: ';
      // how to provide unsubscribe function?
      $message['body'][] = '[simplenews:unsubscribe-url]';
      $message['body'][] = 'Regards';


    case 'unsubscription_complete':

      return false;

Any idea is greatly appreciated. I am using drupal 7

1 Answer 1


You need to use token_replace.

Try this:

$newsletter = simplenews_newsletter_load($node->nid);
$context = array(
  'category' => simplenews_category_load($newsletter->tid),
  'simplenews_subscriber' => simplenews_subscriber_load_by_mail($mail)
print token_replace('[simplenews-subscriber:unsubscribe-url]', $context, array('sanitize' => FALSE))';

You should get a url like so: http://example.org/newsletter/confirm/remove/c453d5e25d2t10

That thing in the end is an hash, built in simplenews_token() (simplenews.tokens.inc).

Update: I updated my answer to show how you can get the correct variables from simplenews. Taken from simplenews_node_view() (in simplenews.module).

  • thanks so far. do you have a clue how I can get the subscriber id? the category seems to be the form->newsletter->value->name. is the email adress enough for the subscribers id?
    – Alex
    Aug 6, 2013 at 13:30
  • I used "$subscriber = simplenews_subscriber_load_by_mail($mail);" (since I have the mail adress). Do I need the subscriber object or only the subscriber id (snid?)?
    – Alex
    Aug 6, 2013 at 13:33
  • please see my updated answer :)
    – Alex
    Aug 6, 2013 at 13:38
  • @Alex: Sorry, it wasn't the id, you need the objects for category and subscriber. I updated my answer. :)
    – helderco
    Aug 6, 2013 at 14:50

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