Drupal 7: how to hide unwanted tabs

DrupalAssuming you want to hide some tabs from a specific page, content type, user role, specific URLs or other discriminating criteria, you need to work on the $variables variable and unset the unneeded tabs.

The following snippet will remove “subscriptions” and “favorites” tabs to all the non “editor” users:

if($variables['user']->uid > 1 && !in_array('editor', $variables['user']->roles) && !in_array('administrator', $variables['user']->roles)) {
 $to_be_removed = array('user/%/subscriptions', 'user/%/favorites');
 foreach ($variables['tabs'] as $group_key => $tab_group) {
  if (is_array($tab_group)) {
   foreach ($tab_group as $key => $tab) {
    if (isset($tab['#link']['path']) && in_array($tab['#link']['path'], $to_be_removed)){



9 thoughts on “Drupal 7: how to hide unwanted tabs

  1. If you look at the comment here (https://www.drupal.org/node/1869774#comment-9843749) you would replace [YOUR-MODULE-NAME] with the name of your custom module, and the name of your custom module is completely arbitrary. You could call it ‘fein’, for example (but it’s better to use a name that describes what it does, or use something general like thiswebsite_helper). Check the link I supplied for how to create a custom module, including what has to go into the .info file, and what has to go in the .module file. Your structure would look something like this:

    in /sites/all/modules/custom, you could create a fein directory with two main files in it like so:

    Inside the .module file you could paste in the two functions I mentioned, so it would look something like:

    * Implements hook_permission().
    * Create custom permission to allow visibility for the subscription tab
    function fein_permission() {
    return array(
    'can view subscription tab' => array(
    'title' => t('Can view subscription tab'),
    'description' => t('Allows access to the subscription tab on the user account page'),

    * Implements hook_menu_alter().
    * Show or hide the Subscriptions tab on the user profile page
    * based on a custom permission
    function fein_menu_alter(&$items) {
    $items['user/%user/subscriptions']['access callback'] = 'user_access';
    $items['user/%user/subscriptions']['access arguments'] = array('can view subscription tab');

    You’d then activate this module on your website and now you can use the functionality! If you’re anxious about it, I would just give it a try and see what happens.

  2. If you put it into template.php then only your front-end theme will pick up this change. If you are accessing this tab on any admin pages, it’s best to put it into a custom module. That way, it will be processed whether you’re viewing the tab in the admin theme or the public-facing theme. Creating a custom module is super easy, not daunting at all. For more info on the comment I listed, see https://www.drupal.org/node/1074360 for a tutorial on creating a custom module.

    • Thank you for your response. I prefer this method too but I’m not sure what function to use the snippet with.

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