Contributed Module Ideas

This group should probably have more organizers. See documentation on this recommendation.

When a developer has an idea for a module, they are often not the only one with that idea.

By announcing module ideas here, this group aims to:

  • Reduce module duplication. We can prevent two independent developers from writing separate, duplicate modules.
  • Increase developer collaboration. We can get interested developers working together at an early stage of development.
  • Improve module quality. Others can shape and improve the ideas, leading to a better module from the beginning (or, at the least, a better road map for future development.)

Before submitting a new module idea, please do a little research and search for an existing module with the same functionality.

jggarley's picture

Drupal Direct Credit Card Process using PayPal API

Is there a module already to achieve the following functionality for a PayPal donation website?: Member must not leave website, member fills out there details on webpage, enters an amount they wish to pay/donate. Once he/she hits submit, the payment is processed via PayPal (using DoDirectPayment API).

Walk through.

1) Member enters site
2) Member wishes to donate
3) Member enter donation amount and card details
4) Member presses submit
5) PHP paypal script processes payment
6) Member is redirected to thank you page
7) Script updates website confirming payment has been taken

arpieb's picture

Google Search Appliance OneBox Views

I just recently built a highly-customized GSA OneBox integration for a project at work, and in so doing thought something like that might be handy for exposing simple field-based results generated via Views for embedding into a Google Search Appliance (GSA) OneBox.

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nicholas.alipaz's picture

Monetising a Contributed Module, Pros/Cons/Solutions

Hi everyone, I already maintain a number of modules and contribute solutions to issues I find as I can. I however have a question about monetisation of a module that I contribute.

I know the community is open-source and that we do our best to contribute, but some projects are done for pure love of code and not as a project that was done because you are necessarily making money elsewhere to build it (meaning sponsorship).

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F.E.M's picture

Silverpop API: email marketing module

I have been working on a module that integrates Drupal with the Silverpop API. It is now ready for testing

kar2905's picture

Idea: Associating users with taxonomy

I had created a module two years back for Drupal 6.* which can associate users with taxonomy terms.

The code and readme is here:

How's the idea ? Anyone wants to help ?

mlncn's picture

Paying for the Plumbing: Snowball initiative for a Drupal crowdfunding platform

Ever wanted a place where you could simply offer to pay to get something you need in Drupal done?

Please donate to make that place. (Yes, it's using a different crowdfunding platform, one that really lacks features for coordination, but is passing on all money raised -- if we reach the minimum -- without even deducting credit card fees.)

And spread this link! Is there enough interest in community funding of Drupal software to fund the software to coordinate this-- in just a few days? Also, if you are available to work on this project in DrupalCon Denver, we've got a DrupalCon ticket for you! Or if you're interested in working on this later, contact me for that, too!

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gumol's picture

Want to create module about variables editable by users - anything similiar already?


I want to create module which allows users to modify variables chosen by admin.

Idea: I have created site for my client and want him to change some information on website, where I cannot allow him to access to code etc.

Example 1: I prepared block which use PHP Code and want client to have access to one text string change, but not for all PHP code.
Example 2: I have jquery code which sets default form value and want client to have access only to the default value change, not all of jquery code.


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dsm's picture

tcpdf module

There are several modules that rely on the tcpdf library (print, etc). I would like to create a wrapper module that will allow us to treat tcpdf like any other library and rewrite the cache location (for generated PDFs) to a configurable directory within the files directory.

This will allow TCPDF to play nicely within drupal and give the flexibility of adding the library to the drush make file.

pgorecki's picture

Site diff - module idea

What do you think of a module that would allow to compare 2 sites (i.e. staging and production, dev and staging)? Some use cases that come to my mind:
- suppose you'd like to compare dev and staging to check if you can safely copy your local db to staging environment.
- you are copying some changes (by hand) from stage to production and you'd like to make sure that every change was included.
- you make a snapsot of a site at time t1 and you'd like to see what are the differences between t1 and now.

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BenVercammen's picture

Reference UUID Synchronization

I've written a module that maintains relationships between a node and all of its "reference fields" across multiple Drupal instances, based upon the UUID of the referenced entities. The "Node export relation" module didn't quite cut it for me (even after modifying it), and I never found anything else that seemed to fit the bill.

I'd like to share this via a Drupal project, but first wanted to check if the module is actually useful, and whether it doesn't overlap with another one (didn't really find one that truly covers the same topic).

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siliconmeadow's picture

Page view rates per user

Having searched and searched, I've been unable to find any module which will give me an idea of how many pages a user has viewed over a selected time period.

Q: Why would I want to know?

A: We have a premium content site on which we've seen some trial users blasting through thousands of pages faster than they could read or print them. We have suspicions that they might have their own bot which is grabbing every thing it can. In any case, we only notice this by spot checks.

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mrf's picture

Content Type for Administrators

When working on large sites with many similar content types, I often find myself on an individual piece of content and don't have any idea what content type was used for it.

Would be a nice convenience to provide a field that is only visible to administrators on the node display and node edit screens to let them know what content type is currently in use.

torotil's picture

Select nodes by complex taxonomy expressions

For a client I'm working on module that allows to display a taxonomy based selection of nodes (as a view) in another node's content. This is accomplished in three steps:

  1. a field that can be attached to a node. For now it allows to store a taxonomy selection like: (tid1 AND tid2 AND …) OR (tid3 AND …) OR …
  2. a views argument handler for nodes that filters nodes by a tid expression like: (IN(t1,t2,…) AND IN(t3,t4,…) AND …) OR (IN(t5,…) AND …) OR …
  3. a field formatter that uses the selection of 1. to feed it into a views argument from 2.
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greggles's picture

Link quality checker for comment/node bodies

Someone asked me how they can prevent a malicious user from adding a comment or node with a link to malware. They are concerned that while the editorial staff is asleep someone will add a link with text like "install this software."

One solution I had was to use public black lists to identify links that point to malware.

  • Have an interface to select which content types should be checked and whether comments should be checked
  • in hook_node_insert/hook_comment_insert parse the content for links
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Konstantin Komelin's picture

idna.module: Internationalized Domain Names conversion API


There is a good class of Matthias Sommerfeld under LGPL (called idna_convert)

I would like to create a simple wrapper for two main methods, such as decode and encode.

Because as I know there is no another project on that allow to convert Punycode to UTF-8 and v.v.

In addition I want to include Matthias's class in the module folder and commit it together with module
instead of put it in sites/all/libraries folder.

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mlncn's picture

Tools to Help Coordinate and Fund Community Initiatives: The Snowball Code Sprint

2011-11-11 10:00 - 2011-11-13 20:00 America/New_York
Event type: 
User group meeting

Thanks to the leadership of Allie Micka and R.J. Steinert, the Snowball initiative to provide tools for coordinating and funding Drupal initiatives is coming to the Boston area this long weekend for its first code sprint.

We will focus on building a working alpha so we have something real to share for feedback, to refine, and to build process, message, and governance around.

We'll be working on Friday November 11th, Saturday the 12th, and Sunday the 13th starting at 10am on Friday and no later than that on the weekend days in Somerville, Massachusetts.

If you can dive into helping build this, contact rjstatic or contact mlncn for directions to the venue.

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jggarley's picture

Module Suggestion for my Senior Design Student Project

Hello everyone. I'm a final year IT major and for my senior design I have decided to redesign a non-profit organization Web site using Drupal. My background is in .Net Framework but I have been playing with Drupal and I have a developed lot of interests. The non-profit organization is a chapter based organization, which has 1-3 chapters in every state and some parts of Africa, Europe and Canada. My academic adviser has approved the project BUT said that I will have to develop two custom modules. I have never develop any module before. Any suggestions/ideas will highly be appreciated.

paper boy's picture

create a facebook event for newly created node

hi all,

we just finished a module that automatically creates a new event on facebook for a given cck content type node. it targets page owners who maintain an event calendar on their page that should be "mirrored" to their facebook fan page.

so far the module allows to be attached to an existing content type that provides at least the necessary fields for a facebook event (date, time, location, image/flyer, name and description), or a newly created content type that comes with the module.

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Drave Robber's picture

Crowd wisdom countdown

Here comes another slightly weird module from me:
Demo: Crowd wisdom countdown

It lets users vote on the point in the future when some event might happen and displays a countdown to the average of all votes. On a side note, this is another case of a module growing out of a forum thread.

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donquixote's picture

stapler.module: Parameterized inheritance (TM) and code generation

Consider you have a class named "DbSelect".
Objects of this class allow the following (among other things):

->where("x = 5");

Now you as a module author are not happy with this. You want to add additional methods, but the class definition is packaged in a contrib module that is not yours.
You could suggest a patch, but maybe the maintainer is not interested. Read more
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