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Exporting views to files to be managed by version control: Drupal 7

The trick to somewhat Drupal 8-esque configuration management in Drupal 7, when it comes to Views, is to make your view defined in the user interface to be defined by a module instead. This is done with hook_views_default_views().

From Michelle Lauer's Views chapter in the Definitive Guide to Drupal 7:

<?php
/**
* Implements hook_views_api().
*/
function dgd7glue_views_api() {
  return array(
   
'api' => '3.0',
  );
}

/**
* Implements hook_views_default_views().
*/
function dgd7glue_views_default_views() {
 
$path = './' . drupal_get_path('module', 'dgd7glue') . '/views/*.inc';
 
$views = array();
  foreach (
glob($path) as $views_filename) {
    require_once(
$views_filename);
  }
  return
$views;
}
?>

Now you can paste the export of each view you want to save (go to the view's edit dropdown and select export) into an include file in a views folder in your module. Each file needs to start with the PHP opening tag and end with adding the view to the $views array.

<?php
//put export code here
$views[$view->name] = $view;
?>

(Never include the closing ?> in production code.)

Searched words: 
multiple views module export Views 2.x to code save load default views from a directory of files

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