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I have developped an external php program to generate a customized contact data-sheet (pdf).

This program must be run from a Civi Page via an URL which requires the current Contact_id as an argument, in the following way :

https://www.mysite.com/fpdf/myprogram.php?contact=current contact id

How can I get and must I parameterize this current contact id ?

As an alternative, I could use the Current Drupal User-Id instead of the Civi Contact-Id (the user is supposed to be authenticated, and I know how to convert user to contact)

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Another is convert your external program to an extension, then make api calls.

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Extention is probably the best and right way to do it : I have seen that the API is able to get the Contact Id.

I have to learn how to make an Extension.

Thanks to all of you for your answers

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One way is use a drupal view with a field with the link in it since you can access user id from view fields. Make it a block if you need it to be on a specific page.

  • Agreed. and if you were going this route, you could even have Views produce the PDF but that isn't what the question asks about, but just noting here for posterity – petednz - fuzion Jul 4 '16 at 6:47
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If you developed an external program I would highly recommend you to put this in a CiviCRM extension. How are you accessing your program? You could easily add a button or link to the page with your extension which then includes the contact_id?

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