I created a view block, whose machine name is "news."

How do I display it using module_invoke() and the machine name of the view?

8 Answers 8


Use views_embed_view():

echo views_embed_view('view_machine_name', 'block_1');

You can find out the display name by clicking the tab and check its name in the address bar of your browser: #views-tab-block_1 gives you block_1.

  • what about drupal 8? do you know how does it work in drupal 8?
    – shekoufeh
    Commented May 15, 2019 at 13:25
  • For Drupal 8 we use Twig Tweak and this syntax {{ drupal_view('view_machine_name', 'block_1') }}
    – tostinni
    Commented Jul 29, 2019 at 21:20

If you want to pass a parameter to the view use:

echo views_embed_view('view_machine_name', 'block_1', $param);

For example:

echo views_embed_view('view_machine_name', 'block_1', $node->nid);


echo views_embed_view('view_machine_name', 'block_1', $nid, $uid);

tostinni's answer is the correct one in most cases. However, if you want to include the View title, it is a bit more ugly.

From the views_embed_view() documentation:

Note that this function does NOT display the title of the view. If you want to do that, you will need to do what this function does manually, by loading the view, getting the preview and then getting $view->get_title().

For example:

$name = 'view_machine_name';
$display_id = 'block_1';
$view = views_get_view($name);
if (!$view || !$view->access($display_id)) {
$view_content = $view->preview($display_id);
$title = $view->get_title();

Updated: @rojosnow noted that the docs point out you must get the preview before calling get_title() so I've flipped those two lines around.

  • Good tip my friend. Commented Jul 16, 2012 at 0:29

This Worked for me :

$view = views_get_view('view_machine_name');
$response = $view->preview('You_Block_id');

//and called it in html like this//

<div class="col-md-4 col-sm-6">
<div class="blocksOuterWrapper companyNewsWrapper">

Note, for me the default block (with no name) is called block rather than block_1:

<?php echo views_embed_view('news_archive', 'block'); ?>

Also building on tostinni's answer:

If you don't want any HTML to show up if the view has no results. Also, add a title, but only if there are results.

if (array_filter(views_get_view_result('view_machine_name', 'block_1'))) {
    print '<h2 class="my-view-block-title">Special Title</h2>';
    print views_embed_view('view_machine_name', 'block_1');

You could render your block instead of rendering the views by the following code.

 $block = block_load($module, $delta);
 $render_array = _block_get_renderable_array(_block_render_blocks(array($block)));
 $output = render($render_array);
 print $output;

From my own experience, you can transform a path to a view title or content with a function like the following.

function view_path_to_title($path)
  // only if your path is a URL alias
  $sql = "SELECT src FROM {url_alias} WHERE dst = '%s'";
  $src = db_result(db_query($sql, $path));

  // if you do not use URL aliases, you probably use $path here instead of $src
  $menu_item = menu_get_item($src);

  // make sure it worked as expected
  && $menu_item["page_callback"] == "views_page"
  && count($menu_item["page_arguments"]) >= 2)
    $args = $menu_item["page_arguments"];
    $view = views_get_view($args[0]);
    $view = null;

  if ($view)
    // just loading a view is not quite enough, we have to setup the
    // arguments, including the display, and the "execute" the view
    array_shift($args); // view name
    array_shift($args); // display name
    $title = $view->get_title();
      return $title;

  // some "random" default
  return $path;

To render the view, use $view->render() instead of $view->get_title().

For sure, until I properly called the $view->execute(), nothing worked right. I would get empty strings (maybe null) as return values.

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