I want to display programmatically default user picture if the user is not uploaded any. For that I have written code php code but its displaying user uploaded user picture correctly but not the one default when user doesn't upload his/her own. How to do that? help me.

$user = user_load($user->uid);
$account = user_load($user->uid);
print theme(
    array( 'account' =>$user,
      'style_name' => 'x-small', 
     // 'path' =>!empty($user->picture->uri)?$user->picture->uri:variable_get('user_picture_default'),
      'path' =>!empty($user->picture->uri)?$user->picture->uri:variable_get('user_picture_default',''),
      'attributes' => array(
        'class' => 'avatar' 

3 Answers 3


Why programmatically drupal provide this functionality out of the box. Go to Configuration >> People >> Account Settings. Under personalisation section you can provide the url of the default picture and can select the image style to use for the picture.

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Its very straight forward. If you want to add a default picture then go ahead and add the picture from the admin page as the other answer suggested. Programmatically, The default picture is loaded via the variable user_picture_default. So you can do,

$user = user_load($uid);
print theme('image_style', array('path' => $user->picture->uri, 'style_name' => '<image-style>'));

if (!empty($user->picture)) {
  print theme('image_style', array('path' => $user->picture->uri, 'style_name' => 'CUSTOM_STYLE'));
else {
  $custom_default_image_path = 'public://default_image.png';
  print theme('image_style', array('path' => variable_get('user_picture_default', $custom_default_image_path), 'style_name' => 'CUSTOM_STYLE'));

However, you can also make the default image theme dependent/independent via the hook


First you need to assign a default picture path in Account settings in the drupal admin as described by Mutant Mahesh .

Then you can use this code to print picture anywhere in your code

global $user;
  $user = user_load($user->uid);
  print theme('user_picture', array('account' =>$user));

Hope it will work for you.

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