The image formatter has only one option: Image. I would like to get the URL, not the full markup, for a field output.

Do I need to make a custom formatter? Also, I don't see any way to rewrite the text using tokens to get the image URL.

  • There is a module image url formatter that only has a drupal 7 version. Your only other option at the moment is to port that module over to D8. Nov 26, 2014 at 20:09
  • It makes me feel dirty, but I'm just going to regex it out of the markup on the client side for now. Nov 27, 2014 at 22:35
  • I will love to do this without the "Image URL Formatter." Jan 10, 2016 at 6:02

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When setting up your view, under the advanced section you can create a relationship for the image field.

After you added the relationship, you can then add a File URI field, select the created relationship and you are good to go.

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    I much prefer this method than installing yet another module for something that should be out-of-the-box functionality. Jan 17, 2017 at 14:51

This is the magic, without the "Image URL Formatter" module:

  1. You have to add a relationship in your view to your image field (It's under Advanced)
  2. Now you can add a 'File URI' field to your fields
  3. In your views-view-fields.html.twig template (Or one of the appropriate alternatives for your specific view) add this:

{{ file_url(fields.uri.content|striptags|trim) }}


Is the module "Image URL Formatter" maybe helpful for you? https://www.drupal.org/node/1162614/release?api_version%5B%5D=7234

There is a second one: https://www.drupal.org/project/image_raw_formatter

I never did a feature comparison to find out which is the better one ...

  1. Install the module twig_tweak
  2. Create a relationship in a View
  3. Add File URI field, exclude it from display
  4. Overwrite result, with the next twig code:

    {{ uri | image_style('thumbnail') }}

Where uri is the token of the File URI field and thumbnail is the desired image style.


Here is my solution that doesn't require a relationship:

  • Add your image field to your view
  • Set these properties:
    • Formatter: Image
    • Image style: None (original image)
    • Link image to: File

This gives you an output like this: <a href="http://domain/path/to/file.jpg" ...

  • Under Rewrite results, check "Override the output of this field with custom text"
  • In the text box put this: {% if field_image|trim is not empty%} {{ field_image|split('"')[1] }} {% endif %}

This splits the string on the " character and the index of 1 is your url in the href. It is kinda hacky but this actually gave me what I wanted. Going the relationship route I could only ever get a link with public:/path/to/file.jpg not the absolute URL

  • I just tried the relationship way and it works. I also got the full url to the image which is good enough for me. I did this: {{ file_url(fields.uri.content|striptags|trim) }} in my fields template.
    – Robbiegod
    Aug 15, 2019 at 20:17

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