I want to change the menu type in Drupal 8. In Drupal 7 we can achieve this using hook_menu_alter

function module_menu_alter(&$items) {
  $items['admin/config/people/ip-blocking/default'] = array(
    'title' => 'Block IP Address',

Similarly I want to change the menu type in Drupal 8. How can I do it. Thank You.

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    read it drupal.org/node/2118147 Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 8:26
  • As mentioned by Berdir, there is no menu type anymore. Can you maybe specify what you are trying to archive?
    – Linus
    Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 8:14

2 Answers 2


While the answer from Linus is great, it doesn't provide feedback on your specific question:

Similarly I want to change the menu type in Drupal 8

There is no such thing as a menu type in Drupal 8. Everything that used to be a type is now a completely different thing. Routes, Menu Links, Local Tasks, Local Actions. And often, you have multiple things. You always have a route (7.x used to call this type callback). And addition, you add menu links, local tasks or actions for that route.

So, you can't convert a menu link to a local task for example, or even a route to a local task. The only thing you could do is e.g. alter a menu link away (which has nothing to do with route alter mentioned above) and create a new local task instead.

See Linus' answer for links and more information on how to do each of those things.

  • You're right, I totally forgot to mention that. Thanks for the addition.
    – Linus
    Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 8:16

Drupal 8 has a new menu system, there is no hook_menu and no hook_menu_alter anymore.

If you want to alter an existing route, it is a little bit more complicated in comparison to Drupal 7.

In your module you have to create a class file at YOURMODULE/src/Routing/CLASSNAME.php that extends RouteSubscriberBase:

 * @file
 * Contains \Drupal\YOURMODULE\Routing\RouteSubscriber.

namespace Drupal\YOURMODULE\Routing;

use Drupal\Core\Routing\RouteSubscriberBase;
use Symfony\Component\Routing\RouteCollection;

 * Listens to the dynamic route events.
class RouteSubscriber extends RouteSubscriberBase {

   * {@inheritdoc}
  protected function alterRoutes(RouteCollection $collection) {
    // Get the route you want to alter
    $route = $collection->get('system.admin_content');

    // alter the route...

You can take the RouteSubsciber class of the node module as an example.

To let your RouteSubscriber be recognized you also have to create a YOURMODULE.services.yml file in the root of your modules directory:

    class: Drupal\YOURMODULE\Routing\RouteSubscriber
      - { name: event_subscriber }

To get a better insight to the new menu system I would recommend the following articles:

Edit: As mentioned by Berdir, the menu system has a different structure now, which has nothing to do with D7's menu system, so there is no such thing as a menu type anymore.

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