I want to show the amount of credits the user has. I know the $user object has the following properties:

uid - name - pass - mail - theme - signature - signature_format - created - access - login - status - timezone - language - picture - init - data - sid - ssid - hostname - timestamp - cache - session - roles

But I have also extended user properties like address street, address city, user credits, ... . But how can I print those properties in my layout theme? They are also not in my users table in my database.

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You can use the user_load() to load all additional fields.


global $user;
$account = user_load($user->uid);
$street = $account->field_address_street[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'];

First, to access the additional user fields you will need to load the full user object using an available user id with the user_load() function.

global $user; //This contains the basic information for your current user.  

$account = user_load($user->uid); //$account now includes all of your custom account fields.

Now that you have the fully loaded user object you will need to choose a template to modify.

Depending on where the values need to be, this could be one of many templates. I highly recommend checking out the Theme Developer module to help find preprocessing functions and available templates to override.

There is some fantastic information on setting up variables for use in a template here.

Example snip:

function drop_preprocess_foo(&$variables) {
  // Do not do this unless you mean to:
  $variables['foo_list'] = array('list item 4');
  // Instead do this:
  $variables['foo_list'][] = 'list item 4';

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