I'm creating a custom theme. Under my theme's folder, there is an images folder where I've put some pictures. I want to use these images in my various template (.tpl.php) files using HTML <img> tag... but the problem is how do i get correct path for these images (the src attribute)?

I've searched for a while but didn't get any solutions. Please help.

EDIT: I'm using nice urls (http://mydrupalsite.com/a/b/c/d) - type URLs. So, if the image src begins with / (or any relative path) it would break.

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I think these functions could be useful in your templates:

print base_path() . path_to_theme();

path_to_theme() Return the path to the current themed element. base_path() The base path of the Drupal installation.

for example, I have an image called bg-bar.png inside images directory in my template directory called garland. then I can use base_path() and path_to_theme() to get the path to the image, for example inside node.tpl.php:

print '<img src="'.base_path() . path_to_theme() .'/images/bg-bar.png">';

Update: if you want to use the current domain, you can use global $base_root:

  $address = ''.base_path() . path_to_theme() .'/images/bg-bar.png';
  global $base_root;
  echo '<img src="' . $base_root . $address . '">';

I hope information be useful.

  • I've tried all these. Problem is, base_path() returns '/' - which does not help when I'm using nice urls (i.e. mysite.com/a/b/c) - in this case image source becomes '/path-to-theme/...../image.png' - which does not work. I need to use http:// instead of / in image source I guess.
    – Shafiul
    Commented Oct 15, 2011 at 19:20
  • I updated my answer with information related with http://.
    – cigotete
    Commented Oct 15, 2011 at 19:47
  • If you are using 'nice urls' I guess that these urls are controlled by a rewrite process, so I think that you can add exeptions. For example, review if from .htaccess file you can control this rewrite process, and add the respective condition with RewriteCond to exclude images.
    – cigotete
    Commented Oct 15, 2011 at 20:15
  • Thank you! I have been looking all over for a solution for this problem! Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 4:03

Since my image was in a conditional block, the above syntax posed some problems and the following worked for me. However, I am not sure if it is advisable from a maintenance perspective:

src='<?php print base_path().path_to_theme().'/images/iphone.png' ?>'

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