I want to create a view that shows nodes with duplicate titles. I am using Views 7.x-3.7 and Drupal 7.24

To do this I created a view with 2 fields: nid and title.

I turned on Use aggregation and for the node title field set it to group results together, and for the nid field selected count.

The query generated was:

SELECT node.title AS node_title, node.nid AS nid, COUNT(node.nid) AS nid_1
{node} node
GROUP BY node_title, nid

Clearly this won't work - we can't count nids if we are grouping by the nid.

How would I change my view so the query outputted was:

SELECT node.title AS node_title, COUNT(node.nid) AS nid_count
{node} node
GROUP BY node_title

Is this even possible? And if not why not? I would ideally like to achieve this without hook_query_alter if possible.

Exported view:

$view = new view();
$view->name = 'duplicated_page_titles';
$view->description = '';
$view->tag = 'default';
$view->base_table = 'node';
$view->human_name = 'Duplicated Page Titles';
$view->core = 7;
$view->api_version = '3.0';
$view->disabled = FALSE; /* Edit this to true to make a default view disabled initially */

/* Display: Master */
$handler = $view->new_display('default', 'Master', 'default');
$handler->display->display_options['title'] = 'Duplicated Page Titles';
$handler->display->display_options['use_more_always'] = FALSE;
$handler->display->display_options['group_by'] = TRUE;
$handler->display->display_options['access']['type'] = 'perm';
$handler->display->display_options['cache']['type'] = 'none';
$handler->display->display_options['query']['type'] = 'views_query';
$handler->display->display_options['exposed_form']['type'] = 'basic';
$handler->display->display_options['pager']['type'] = 'none';
$handler->display->display_options['pager']['options']['offset'] = '0';
$handler->display->display_options['style_plugin'] = 'table';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['columns'] = array(
  'title' => 'title',
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['default'] = '-1';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['info'] = array(
  'title' => array(
    'sortable' => 0,
    'default_sort_order' => 'asc',
    'align' => '',
    'separator' => '',
    'empty_column' => 0,
/* Field: COUNT(Content: Nid) */
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['nid']['id'] = 'nid';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['nid']['table'] = 'node';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['nid']['field'] = 'nid';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['nid']['group_type'] = 'count';
/* Field: Content: Title */
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['id'] = 'title';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['table'] = 'node';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['field'] = 'title';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['label'] = '';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['alter']['word_boundary'] = FALSE;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['alter']['ellipsis'] = FALSE;
/* Filter criterion: Content: Type */
$handler->display->display_options['filters']['type']['id'] = 'type';
$handler->display->display_options['filters']['type']['table'] = 'node';
$handler->display->display_options['filters']['type']['field'] = 'type';
$handler->display->display_options['filters']['type']['value'] = array(
  'page' => 'page',

/* Display: Page */
$handler = $view->new_display('page', 'Page', 'page');
$handler->display->display_options['path'] = 'duplicated-page-titles';
  • It looks like a bug in Views. But to verify, we need: 1) Versions of Views and Drupal you use. 2) Exported view (if applicable, simplified as possible before export). If it's a bug, we may be able to find a patch in issue queue. If it's not, or is not reported, we might (maybe) provide an implementation of workaround with hook_query_alter. Or maybe it's a misconfiguration on your part - again, exported view needed to tell.
    – Mołot
    Dec 2, 2013 at 12:58
  • I am using Views 7.x-3.7 and Drupal 7.24. Here is an export of my view: pastebin.com/raw.php?i=fWLWCGym I know I'll be able to achive this using hook_query_alter - I just feel like I shouldn't have to for something this simple...
    – Felix Eve
    Dec 2, 2013 at 13:35
  • I took the liberty of editing all the info into your post. It looks OK, no misconfiguration on your part. And that's bad as it is not something easily fixed.
    – Mołot
    Dec 2, 2013 at 13:51
  • @Molot: Thanks Molot - so in your opinion would you view this behavior as bug? I've had a look in the views issue queue but can't see anything that looks like it is related to this. Do you think I should open a new issue?
    – Felix Eve
    Dec 2, 2013 at 14:03
  • As I just wrote below - yes, seems so. I can't find it reported, and I can't get it to work on neither the version you specified nor the dev one.
    – Mołot
    Dec 2, 2013 at 14:06

2 Answers 2


If you display nodetitle as a link it won't show as a duplicate. Uncheck 'display as a link' in fieldsettings of title and you should be good to go.

I imported your view, made this change, created a duplicate titled page and my view showed duplicate results immediately grouped by title, displaying the nodecount of that title.

  • Your right - that does work. And makes sense too as whilst they were links each title was unique. I better close my bug report - many thanks Marcel.
    – Felix Eve
    Dec 3, 2013 at 8:51

hope this will help, click on Query settings:Settings enter image description here enter image description here

write the below code on your module..

function mymodule_views_query_alter(&$view, &$query) 
if ($view->name == 'your_view_name') 
  //dpm($query, __FUNCTION__);
  // dpm($view, __FUNCTION__);

best of luck.

  • So you don't think it's possible without hook_query_alter then?
    – Felix Eve
    Dec 2, 2013 at 13:40
  • @FelixEve, madhurjya - seems it's time to file a bugreport. In my case, both nid and node_language got added to group_by list. So temporarily hook_query_alter is a workaround. Bugreport seems the way to go in the long run.
    – Mołot
    Dec 2, 2013 at 14:05
  • Yes I am also facing the same. Some time somethings so simple but very tough to implement really.. hats off to FelixEve..
    – madhurjya
    Dec 2, 2013 at 14:26

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