I have a view that returns the og members of a group. Users can additionally flag groups. I want all users returned by the view to flag the group. So I tried to do this with Views Bulk Operations (VBO), but the only available operation is "Flag (or unflag) a user". The flag is attached to the group, not the user. How do I do that?

  • I had the same problem and had to create a new VBO action to that takes a node ID argument from the URL (not configurable in views UI). AFAIK, there is no such action provided by either of modules.
    – AKS
    Commented Dec 27, 2013 at 0:31
  • Implement a rules component as outlined in this answer
    – znerol
    Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 13:53
  • @znerol, great idea, but how do I give the group as an argument to the defined component? I don't see that at all in the configuration of the VBO field. If you want to earn some credit, write it as an answer :)
    – Turion
    Commented Dec 30, 2013 at 19:28

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What you could do to get this to work, is to use the integration of VBO with the Rules module, as further detailed below.

Step 1: Create a Rules Component

Create a (rather basic) Rules component to flag a node by a user. Here is such component in Rules Export format:

{ "rules_flag_node_flagged_by_a_user" : {
    "LABEL" : "Flag node flagged by a user",
    "PLUGIN" : "rule",
    "OWNER" : "rules",
    "REQUIRES" : [ "flag", "rules" ],
      "flagging_user" : { "label" : "Flagging user", "type" : "user" },
      "flagged_node" : { "label" : "Node to be unflagged", "type" : "node" }
    "DO" : [
      { "flag_flagnode" : {
          "flag" : "your_flag",
          "node" : [ "flagged-node" ],
          "flagging_user" : [ "flagging_user" ],
          "permission_check" : "1"
      { "drupal_message" : { "message" : "Node flagged for user  [flagging-user:name] (uid=[flagging-user:uid])" } }

This Rules Component uses a flag with machine name your_flag. After you edit that machine name to fit the name of your flag, you should be able to import this rule in your own site (using the Rules UI, which needs to be enabled).

BTW: the Rules Action to display a message is just to see it at work while QA-testing this rule, feel free to remove that if you want.

Step 2: Let VBO do the work

This step is pretty easy ... Just use your VBO view. The clue to what you want VBO to do as an operation is ... Execute the Rules Component from Step 1.

If you're not familiar with how to do so, have a look at the video about Using Rules components with VBO". If you want even more, then also watch the subsequent "Using Rules components with more than one parameter" video.

Attention: to process like 100.000 records at once is quite a challenge (memory requirements, etc). Therefor you might want to also watch the video about "More details about VBO settings" ... Before you are tempted to use VBO for processing them all at once ...

Video tutorials

If you're not familiar (enough/yet) with Rules, checkout the 32 (!!!) great, and free, video tutorials Learn the Rules framework.

Happy VBO-ing while Rules-ing!

PS: I'm assuming this question is about D7.


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