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Jeff's Handy Dandy Drupal Login Bookmarklet

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Login to a Drupal site without getting lost

There are a lot of different ways to configure login with Drupal. You can add a block to every page with a username and password field, a practice which I find to be ugly and distracting for anonymous site visitors. You can collapse the login block with Javascript using a module like LoginToboggan. Or you provide a link to the login page in your navigation menu somewhere. If you create a link directly to user/login, then this item will disappear for logged-in users since they don't have permission to visit.

However, due to a limitation in the menu system, most Drupal sites don't add a destination query to the login URL. This is what a Drupal URL with a destination query looks like:


The Drupal form system uses this query to direct the user to this destination after submitting a form - like the login form for example. Without it, most Drupal sites will redirect the user to their profile page after logging in.

So Drupal's default workflow tends to go like this: 1) I find the page I want to edit. 2) I realize I'm not logged in. 3) I hit the login link. 4) I log in. 5) I'm on my profile page. 6) I curse and try to find my way back to the page I wanted to edit.

This is compounded on sites like the one you're reading right now, because we don't have a login link in our navigation. It's our site and honestly, we don't want you logging into it. :-)

So how do we solve this problem for all of the ten gazillion Drupal sites out there?

Enter Jeff's Handy Dandy Drupal Login Bookmarklet! This Javascript bookmarklet will figure out if you're on a Drupal site, figure out the base path of that site (in case Drupal is installed in a subdirectory), and then redirect you to the login page with a destination query to bring you back to the current page.

Just drag this link into your browser's bookmarks bar, visit your favorite Drupal site, and click it!

For those of you interested in tweaking this sort of thing, here's the Javascript source code:

  if (typeof Drupal != 'undefined' && typeof Drupal.settings != 'undefined') {
    var u = false;
    if (typeof jQuery != 'undefined' && jQuery('body.logged-in').length) {
      if (!confirm("It looks like you're already logged in. Continue?")) {
    var l = window.location;
    var h = l.hash || '';
    var s = l.search || '';
    var b = Drupal.settings.basePath;
    var p = l.pathname.slice(b.length) || '<front>';
    window.location.href = l.protocol + "//" + l.host + b + "index.php?q=user&destination=" + escape(p + s + h);
  else {
    alert("This doesn't appear to be a Drupal site.");

Updated June 12, 2012 to add support for <front> and check of logged-in body class.

You'll need to escape it as a bookmarklet before using it as a bookmarklet though. TextMate has a nice function to do this automatically.

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