I am loading node content to a specific div with Ajax. Is it possible to load a fully themed and rendered node (themed via page--node--1.tpl.php) with Ajax?

I have a custom module controlling my Ajax functions. From what I understand, the code below should be returning a fully themed node - but it is not doing so:

function ajax_reader_init() {

 * Implements hook_menu()
function ajax_reader_menu() {
    $items['ajax-reader'] = array (
        'page callback' => 'ajax_link_response',
        'access callback' => 'user_access',
        'access arguments' => array('access content'),
        'type' => MENU_CALLBACK
    return $items;

function ajax_link_response($type = 'ajax', $nid = 0) {
    $output = _ajax_reader_load_noder($nid);
    if ($type == 'ajax'){
        $commands = array();
        $commands[] = ajax_command_replace('.main', '<div class="main">'.$output.'</div>');
        $page = array(
            '#type' => 'ajax',
            '#commands' => $commands
    } else {
        $output = '<div class="main">'.$output.'</div>';
        return $output;

function _ajax_reader_load_noder($nid = 0) {
    $node = node_load($nid);
    if($node) {
        $vnode = node_view($nid);
        return theme("node", $vnode);

1 Answer 1


There is a contributed module Ajaxify Drupal with JQuery Ajax available for this. You can load any pages, nodes or anything to a div by using ajax without loosing css and ajax behaviour of loading content.

Ajax links API module help you to load any content to a specified DIV or ajaxify whole drupal site, using JQuery Ajax. This module will also load JS for Ajax-loaded content by using Drupal.attachBehaviors(). In case you dont want to load js or css, you can alter tpl for path/node type.

  • The module you suggested seems to be working, however the node being loaded is not themed via the matching tpl file. Any ideas?
    – Warren
    Dec 19, 2013 at 11:42
  • I didn't get you. you can use node-contenttype.tpl.php to theme a particular type of node.
    – Cool
    Dec 19, 2013 at 12:05

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