Solution: Using AJAX with Drupal Views' Better Exposed Filters Module

You have a view listing nodes on your Drupal website and wish to use Better Exposed Filters as links that load in AJAX (perhaps inside a panel pane). Sounds simple? It should be. But ...

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The problem is that AJAX doesn't work in panes when using the BEF module if the filters are exposed as links. There is a patch on its way to the main module, but in the mean time, I have solved this issue by doing the following:

1) Select Better Exposed Filters
2) Under BEF Settings, select checkboxes/radio buttons
3) Add some CSS to hide the radio button circles and style your filters

Now, it's not "links" but it functions the same.

Sample CSS:

.bef-select-as-radios .form-radio {
    display: none;

.bef-select-as-radios .form-item {
    display: inline-block;
    color: #ff0000;
    margin-right: 10px;

.bef-select-as-radios .form-item:hover, .bef-select-as-radios .form-item:focus {
    color: #ffff00;
    cursor: pointer;

Originally posted here.

Filed Under:

  1. Drupal
  2. Drupal Better Exposed Filters
  3. Drupal Modules
  4. Drupal Views
  5. AJAX
  6. Drupal Panels
  7. Drupal Planet