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How to filter a view by content that references the current node in modern Drupal

References and contextual filters

It is often enough throughout the journey of building websites that you will desire to create very specific lists of content. In my current endeavor, I am working in Drupal 9 with 2 content types: Office location and Event . Each Event occurs at an Office location, which is indicated by an Office location entity reference field on the Event. Note that any info in this blog will also be relevant to Drupal 8, Drupal 10, and beyond.

Here is the user story that we will be working through:
As a site visitor, when I view an Office location node, I should see a list of Events that are occurring at the location represented by the current node, so that I have an easy way to learn about events at locations relevant to me.

To keep this short and sweet, I am going to assume that you have already created a view. However, all views are not created equal, so if you are not seeing the options that you are looking for while editing your view, maybe try creating a new one. We will be working with a block display—other options are possible, but this is the standard "Drupal approach".

Once you are editing a block display for your view, open the Advanced dropdown on the right side. Here is what you will see:

The advanced configuration options for a Drupal view.


1, Add a relationship to content referenced by your entity reference field

Go ahead and click the Add button next to Relationships.

The relationship selection screen.

In my case I am looking for Content referenced from field_office_location. This is the entity reference field on my Event content type, and is the field that my view will use for comparison while querying data.

Click add and configure relationships and then Apply on the next screen.

2. Filter your view results by content that references the current node id

Click the Add button next to Contextual Filters

The contextual filter selection screen.

Select ID and click Add and configure contextual filters.

The contextual filter configuration screen.

The red boxes above indicate what needs to be done. Be sure to select the relationship you added to the Relationship field. This will allow the contextual filter to use the value of the Event's entity reference field for comparison.

Click Provide default value and select Content ID from URL in the dropdown that appears. Note that if your nodes have URL aliases that do not include the content ID, Drupal will still provide the content ID to your contextual filter. Now your view will know which content to display by comparing the current node ID with the the values in the entity reference field of each listing.

Lastly, Click Apply and do not forget to save your view.

The End

Congratulations! Now we know how to filter our view by content that references the current node. You probably still need to place your block and configure which nodes it should or should not display on, but I think that is a "How to" for another day. Have fun Drupaling!


2024 February 29
Kenny Roa


Hi, What about if we want to…

Hi, What about if we want to get result with views page with path like /location/%/events.. For example for Seattle office events path like /location/seattle/events. And Seattle event well be seen at this path. Content id or field_office_location didn't work at contextual filter . Thanks

2024 March 26


Thank you so much! I've been…

Thank you so much! I've been trying to figure out how to do this for a while. Your instructions were easy to understand & my new view worked perfectly!

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