I have a content type which has an automatic path alias to latest-news/[title] (e.g. latest-news/example-news-title).

I need to get the first part of the path alias in my page.tpl.php file, but when I use arg(0) I am given node and not latest-news.

How can I get the first part of an aliases URL in a page template?

  • Templating by aliases instead of templating by what you want to template seems risky. Why do you need that? why don't you template by content type?
    – Mołot
    Nov 11, 2014 at 10:48

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You can use function drupal_get_path_alias() to get the path alias, then strstr() to get the first component of the path, like so.

echo strstr(drupal_get_path_alias(), '/', TRUE);

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