I'm using the Forward module and need help adding a custom field into the forward.tpl.php template. I've found a similar thread on d.o: https://drupal.org/node/2078479

However, this is for using user profile fields, not node fields. Here is the code that I came up with, but it's not fully working:

$path = drupal_get_normal_path($_GET["path"]);
$path = explode("/", $path);
$nid = $path[1];
$forwardthumb = node_load($nid);
$img_uri = $forwardthumb->field_thumb['und'][0]['uri'];
$fid = $forwardthumb->field_thumb['und'][0]['fid'];
$thumbfilename = file_load($fid)->filename;
$derivative_uri = image_style_path($style, $image_uri);
$success = file_exists($derivative_uri) || image_style_create_derivative($style, $image_uri, $derivative_uri);
$new_image_url  = file_create_url($derivative_uri);

In my testing, I've gotten the following text to output in my forwarded-email: http://mysite.com/sites/default/files/styles/blog_thumb/public

(from the $new_image_url variable)

Which tells me that I've got it partially working, as it was able to indicate the correct folder / location... but I was never able to actually get it to spit out my image-file-name (e.g. thumbnail.png), just the path to the folder containing my image. Please let me know what I'm doing wrong?

Seems like part of this is a bit wonky, as it seems the $node variable in the template isn't the same $node variable used elsewhere in Drupal...?

[Edit] Wanted to also share the code that WORKS in a node.tpl file, but not in forward.tpl:

<img src="<?php print file_create_url($node->field_main_blog_image['und'][0]['uri']); ?>" />

But, when I set this code up in forward.tpl:

$path = drupal_get_normal_path($_GET["path"]);
$path = explode("/", $path);
$nid = $path[1];
$forwardthumb = node_load($nid);


<img src="<?php print file_create_url($forwardthumb->field_main_blog_image['und'][0]['uri']); ?>" />

No luck...

1 Answer 1


Posted my solution on Drupal's site, the forward module issue queue:


  • Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference.
    – mpdonadio
    Commented Jan 3, 2014 at 15:05

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