I have a custom field formatter for an image field. The Twig template for the image field is the following:

{% for item in items %}
  {{ item.content }}
{% endfor %}

Each image is then formatted by the following template:

<li data-src={{ fullimage }}><img src="{{ thumbnail }}" /></li>

But what I want to do is to format the first image of the field in a different way. I found how I could change the for loop in the template and use loop.first to treat the first image differently. But the formatting I want to change is in the inner template that formats each image, the one I call with item.content. In the outer template for the entire image field I can distinguish the first image, in the inner template I have no idea how to check for that or how to transfer that information from the outer to the inner template.

Any idea on how I can solve this and format only the first image in a different way?

  • What is the filename for the first template?
    – apaderno
    Aug 29, 2015 at 13:36
  • @kiamlaluno field-image.html.twig, but I'm overriding the template from my custom field formatter, not a theme. Aug 29, 2015 at 13:39
  • Sounds like you should implement a custom field formatter. Just copy the default from core over to a custom module, rename everything properly and then jump in to the foreach that there is. Similar to what's been done here: drupal.stackexchange.com/a/171471/15055
    – leymannx
    Jan 13, 2021 at 20:44

2 Answers 2


This code in a node.html.twig template will display only the first value of an image field that has multiple values:

{{ content.field_yourfieldname.0 }}

This will only display the second value:

{{ content.field_yourfieldname.1 }}


Edit: apparently that wasn't really the question, my apologies.


What you want to do, is to add a suggestion for the image field, based of the delta value of the field item.

Drupal has extensive documentation on working with suggestions in Drupal 8.

  • Thanks, could you elaborate about the "delta value" of the field ? What is it and did they contain the index of the current iterated item ?
    – GiDo
    Oct 1, 2015 at 15:56

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