How can I edit the user profile template in Drupal 7?

I've created a module called sporthron in my project.

sporthron.module contains :

 * Implements hook_theme().
function sporthron_theme($existing, $type, $theme, $path) {
  $theme = array();
  $theme['user_profile'] = array(
    'template' => 'user-profile',
    'path' => drupal_get_path('module', 'sporthron') . '/templates',
  return $theme;

And here is the path to the template : /sites/all/modules/sporthron/templates/user-profile.tpl.php which contains :

<div class="profile"<?php print $attributes; ?>>
  <?php print render($user_profile); ?>


But this template is never used. Whatever edit I made is not applied.

And yes my module is enabled. Do you know how can I apply this template

  • change the location of your template sites/all/themes/your_theme/templates/user-profile.tpl.php
    – user52318
    Jan 4, 2016 at 8:59
  • @Vicky8888 Why should I move to this directory if I'm using a module and not a theme?
    – Splinteer
    Jan 4, 2016 at 9:42

1 Answer 1


Try to implement the hook_theme_registry_alter()

 * Implements hook_theme_registry_alter().
function sporthron_theme_registry_alter(&$theme_registry) {

  $module_path = drupal_get_path('module', 'sporthron');

  // Find all .tpl.php files in this module's folder recursively.
  $template_file_objects = drupal_find_theme_templates($theme_registry, '.tpl.php', $module_path);
  // Iterate through all found template file objects.
  foreach ($template_file_objects as $key => $template_file_object) {
    // If the template has not already been overridden by a theme.
    if (!isset($theme_registry[$key]['theme path']) || !preg_match('#/themes/#', $theme_registry[$key]['theme path'])) {
      // Alter the theme path and template elements.
      $theme_registry[$key]['theme path'] = $module_path;
      $theme_registry[$key] = array_merge($theme_registry[$key], $template_file_object);
      $theme_registry[$key]['type'] = 'module';

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