I have implemented hook_field_views_data() in mymodule.views.inc but the hook is not picked up.

In mymodule.module I have the following code to define where mymodule.views.inc resides.

 * Implements hook_views_api().
function mymodule_views_api() {
  return array(
    'api' => 3,
    'path' => drupal_get_path('module', 'mymodule') . '/views',

Below is the code for views/mymodule.views.inc. And the problem is that if I try dumping out $field for example it seems like hook_field_views_data() is not picked up.

I tried to change mymodule_field_views_data() to mymodule_views_data, and that function is picked up. I tried this just to be sure that the file is included at all.

 * Implements hook_field_views_data().
function mymodule_field_views_data($field) {
  $data = field_views_field_default_views_data($field);

  // Add a handler for localities.
  foreach ($field['storage']['details']['sql'] as $type => $tables) {
    foreach ($tables as $table_name => $columns) {
      if (!isset($columns['locality'])) {

      $column_real_name = $columns['locality'];
      if (!isset($data[$table_name][$column_real_name]['filter'])) {

      $data[$table_name][$column_real_name]['filter']['handler'] = 'mymodule_views_handler_filter_locality';

  return $data;


name = mymodule
description = Bla bla
core = 7.x

files[] = views/mymodule_views_handler_filter_locality.inc

1 Answer 1


That appears to be the correct behaviour.

If you look at the code for field_views_data():

function field_views_data() {
  $data = array();
  foreach (field_info_fields() as $field) {
    if ($field['storage']['type'] != 'field_sql_storage') {

    $module = $field['module'];
    $result = (array) module_invoke($module, 'field_views_data', $field);

    if (empty($result)) {
      $result = field_views_field_default_views_data($field);
    drupal_alter('field_views_data', $result, $field, $module);

    if (is_array($result)) {
      $data = drupal_array_merge_deep($result, $data);

  return $data;

You can see it only invokes hook_field_views_data() for the module that defines the field. So in the case of (what looks like) an addressfield, the function Views will call has to be called addressfield_field_views_data().

It's more likely you're looking for hook_field_views_data_alter() which will allow you to alter existing definitions.

But if that doesn't do what you need, you might have to actually define the addressfield_field_views_data() function yourself on behalf of addressfield (if it's not already implemented somewhere). Should be a pretty quick test to find out.

  • 1
    Yes, you're right. I missed out that it has to be the module defining the field that can implement hook_field_views_data(). I will give hook_field_views_data_alter() a go. Commented Aug 27, 2013 at 10:40

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