I've created a facet block according to this example Programatically render a block in a twig template

I've created the facet block as follows:

$variables['block_output'] = Drupal::service('plugin.manager.block')->createInstance("facet_block:topic")->build();

That works great, but I'm missing the block template itself on my page (the block around the facet links output). I need a custom suggestion for this block to format it. Unfortunately, the hook_theme_suggestions_alter() doesn't detect this block. How can I add a file name suggestion?

Thank you!

  • try \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getViewBilder('block')->view($block, $view_mode). Also you need the block entity, not plugin. Block entity basically bundles the plugin and configuration for it together. Discard previous, just entity_load('block', $id)->view($view_mode) should work.
    – user21641
    Mar 23, 2016 at 14:40
  • Yes, that works, assuming that you have a block. See drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/153184/…. build of the plugin just contains the content of the block. Page manager uses block plugins too and has its own templates. You could build a structure similar to what BlockViewBuilder does or you could simply add your markup around it yourself in your template.
    – Berdir
    Mar 23, 2016 at 18:47
  • Thank you for your answers. Berdir, what do you mean with "build a structure similar to what BlockViewBuilder does" exactly? Can you make a example? Thank you very much!
    – marco-s
    Mar 30, 2016 at 7:16

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I'm using the module Twig Tweak, so you don't have to create a block, but you can add in in your twig file.

In my views-view--view-id--page.html.twig file I use it like this:

 {{ drupal_block('facet_block:facet_id') }}

Where the facet_id is the machine name of my facet.

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