I am trying to customize the authored by information for all of my nodes that prints the User First and Last Name, which are custom fields on the User Profile.

  1. I copied the node.html.twig template into my theme
  2. I added the following code to load the user information in my preprocess function

    function blend_preprocess_node(&$variables) {
    // Load the current user.
    $user = \Drupal\user\Entity\User::load(\Drupal::currentUser()->id());
    // get field data from that user
    $firstname = $user->get('field_first_name')->value;
    $lastname = $user->get('field_last_name')->value;
    // some default getters include
    $email = $user->get('mail')->value;
    $name = $user->get('name')->value;
    $uid= $user->get('uid')->value;
  3. I added this code to node.html.twig

    {{ title_prefix }}   {% if not page %}
    <h2{{ title_attributes }}>
      <a href="{{ url }}" rel="bookmark">{{ label }}</a>
    </h2>   {% endif %}   {{ title_suffix }}
    {% if display_submitted %}
    <div class="posted">
        <div class="services-icon">
          {{ content.field_services }}
      {{ author_picture }}
      <div{{ author_attributes }}>
        {% trans %}Submitted by {{ firstname }} {{ lastname }} on {{ date|date("m/d/Y") }}{% endtrans %}
        {{ metadata }}
    </div>   {% endif %}
    {# We hide the comments and links now so that we can render them later. #}   <div{{ content_attributes }}>
    {{ content|without('comment', 'links', 'field_tags', 'field_services') }}   </div>
    {% if content.field_tags|length and not is_front %}
    {{ content.field_tags }}   {% endif %}
    {{ content.links }}   {{ content.comment }} </article>

How do I make variables (mostly fields) from different entities available to print in different template files?

2 Answers 2


Assuming this information is from the user profile.

You could do the following


function blend_preprocess_node(&$variables){
    $node = $variables['node'];
    $variables['firstname'] = $node->getOwner()->field_first_name->value;
    $variables['lastname'] = $node->getOwner()->field_last_name->value;

From there you can use {{ firstname }} and {{lastname}} anywhere in your template.

  • Thanks for the quick reply but your solution just gave me white screen. Is there another example on how I would print information from the node Author? Jan 18, 2016 at 1:06
  • Oopss.. the $node = $variables['node']; need to be inside of the preprocess function. Sorry, I have fixed in my answer. Jan 18, 2016 at 1:13
  • You rock sir!!! For future reference. When looking to get access variables from other entities, where would I search in the D8 API for the correct functions? Jan 18, 2016 at 1:38
  • "D8 API for the correct functions"... hahaha... I do not know. I know this because I'm working on contrib theme. And I ask a similar question before so I have plenty of examples in my working theme. Jan 18, 2016 at 3:02
  • hahah thanks sir! that is awesome :) Well I just added yours to my Dropbucket. Its a cool place for Drupal snippets dropbucket.org/node/7235 Jan 18, 2016 at 3:11

The accepted answer didn't work for me on Drupal version 8.3.4 and more. Actually the $node = $variables['node'] didn't work so I found out the following method to make it work.

On the .theme file (in this example blend.theme), I used the following code.

function blend_preprocess_node(&$variables){
  $node = \Drupal::routeMatch()->getParameter('node');
  $variables['firstname'] = $node->getOwner()->field_first_name->value;
  $variables['lastname'] = $node->getOwner()->field_last_name->value;

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