I need to implement a custom block using JavaScript. These are the steps I took.

  1. I created a custom module

  2. I created a custom block by creating a class which extends blockbase

  3. I created a JavaScript file

  4. I defined a library in libraries.yml file and included the JavaScript file

  5. I attached the library to the block using #attached

So far so good. In the JavaScript file, I am trying to use the open source Datatables library, but I am unable to add it.

This is the code that implements the block.

 * @file
 * Contains \Drupal\custom_cms_blocks\Plugin\Block\TopNewsBlock.

namespace Drupal\custom_cms_blocks\Plugin\Block;

use Drupal\Core\Block\BlockBase;

 * Provides an 'Active forum topics' block.
 * @Block(
 *   id = "top_news_min_block",
 *   admin_label = @Translation("Top News Min Block"),
 *   category = @Translation("Custom CMS blocks"),
 * )
class TopNewsBlock extends BlockBase {

   * {@inheritdoc}
  public function build() {
     //Fetch data
     return array(
      'type' => 'markup',
      '#markup' => '<table id="example_table"><thead><tr><th>Artist / Band</th><th>Album</th><th>Song</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Muse</td><td>Absolution</td><td>Sing for Absolution</td></tr></table>',
      '#attached' => array(
        'library' =>  array(      


Can you explain me how I can include an external JavaScript file in a block?


1 Answer 1


Libraries don't work like that. You need a yourmodule.libraries.yml and define it there.

There's detailed documentation on https://www.drupal.org/developing/api/8/assets#external. The following is an example of how a library is defined.

  remote: https://github.com/angular/angular.js
  version: 1.4.4
    name: MIT
    url: https://github.com/angular/angular.js/blob/master/LICENSE
    gpl-compatible: true
    https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/angularjs/1.4.4/angular.min.js: { type: external, minified: true }

Then, the library that you specify is yourmodule/nameofthelibrary, see https://www.drupal.org/developing/api/8/assets#render-array or any of the other examples on that page.


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