I have a custom module and placed comment.tpl.php here:


But Drupal is not looking for that file in my custom module directory. How can i make it work?

2 Answers 2


You need to use hook_theme:

 * Implements hook_theme().
function MY_MODULE_theme($existing, $type, $theme, $path) {

  if($type != 'module') {
    return [];

  // If you want to put your templates in a templates directory
  // in your module directory add .'/templates' to the end.
  $module_path = drupal_get_path('module', 'MY_MODULE');

  return [
    'comment' => [
      'template' => 'comment',
      'path'     => $module_path,
    'other_template' => [
      'template' => 'comment',
      'path'    => '/my/custom/path/here',

This has set up our custom theme, then when you want to use it you can:

$tpl_data = [
  'param1' => $foo,
  'param2' => $bar,

return theme('comment', $tpl_data);

Now $param1 and $param2 will be available in your template file too.

If you don't need any custom data in your template then $tpl_data can be omitted.

Happy days.

  • It worked! Thanks. If i want to use templates from a page,node i just have to change comment on page/node, right? Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 16:58
  • If you want to use another template file you can just add another line in your hook_theme function and supply the path to it (answer updated)
    – Felix Eve
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 17:01
  • I mean what if i want to use node.tpl.php in my module directory, sorry for such a silly questions :), oh i see now, So it would be 'node' => array('template' => 'node', $path) right? Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 17:04
  • Yes, that's right.
    – Felix Eve
    Commented Mar 17, 2014 at 8:55

You can do this by using hook_theme() as described on api.drupal.org. It allows you to register your module's theme implementation.

  • Can you throw an example please? Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 15:41

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