7.x bootstrap.inc request_path()

Returns the requested URL path of the page being viewed.


Return value

The requested Drupal URL path.

See also


2 calls to request_path()
drupal_environment_initialize in includes/bootstrap.inc
Initializes the PHP environment.
url_alter_test_foo in modules/simpletest/tests/url_alter_test.module
Menu callback.


includes/bootstrap.inc, line 3092
Functions that need to be loaded on every Drupal request.


function request_path() {
  static $path;
  if (isset($path)) {
    return $path;
  if (isset($_GET['q']) && is_string($_GET['q'])) {

    // This is a request with a ?q=foo/bar query string. $_GET['q'] is
    // overwritten in drupal_path_initialize(), but request_path() is called
    // very early in the bootstrap process, so the original value is saved in
    // $path and returned in later calls.
    $path = $_GET['q'];
  elseif (isset($_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'])) {

    // This request is either a clean URL, or 'index.php', or nonsense.
    // Extract the path from REQUEST_URI.
    $request_path = strtok($_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'], '?');
    $base_path_len = strlen(rtrim(dirname($_SERVER['SCRIPT_NAME']), '\\/'));

    // Unescape and strip $base_path prefix, leaving q without a leading slash.
    $path = substr(urldecode($request_path), $base_path_len + 1);

    // If the path equals the script filename, either because 'index.php' was
    // explicitly provided in the URL, or because the server added it to
    // $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'] even when it wasn't provided in the URL (some
    // versions of Microsoft IIS do this), the front page should be served.
    if ($path == basename($_SERVER['PHP_SELF'])) {
      $path = '';
  else {

    // This is the front page.
    $path = '';

  // Under certain conditions Apache's RewriteRule directive prepends the value
  // assigned to $_GET['q'] with a slash. Moreover we can always have a trailing
  // slash in place, hence we need to normalize $_GET['q'].
  $path = trim($path, '/');
  return $path;


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$GLOBALS['base_url'] => http://example.com/drupal
base_path() => /drupal/
request_uri() => /drupal/documentation?page=1
request_path() => documentation
current_path() => node/26419