How do I change this markup from my .theme file?

Line 119 and following in core/modules/search/src/Controller/SearchController.php contain this code.

if (count($results)) {
  $build['search_results_title'] = array(
    '#markup' => '<h2>' . $this->t('Search results') . '</h2>',

I want to remove the <h2> tags from my search page.

I am able to change the search form above, and the result list after that tag using hook_preprocess_form()on the search form and hook_preprocess_search_result() on the search results.

Is there a preprocess function I am missing, or can I use a custom template?


This answer has already been answered on stackoverflow. Here's a copy paste of what Cornel Andreev wrote.

You have to alter the route defined by the search module. In order to do so:

  1. Define in your mymodule.services.yml file following:

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

  1. Create a class that extends the RouteSubscriberBase class on /mymodule/src/Routing/RouteSubscriber.php as following:

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

    namespace Drupal\mymodule\Routing;

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

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

       * {@inheritdoc}
      public function alterRoutes(RouteCollection $collection) {
        // Replace dynamically created "search.view_node_search" route's Controller
        // with our own.
        if ($route = $collection->get('search.view_node_search')) {
          $route->setDefault('_controller', '\Drupal\mymodule\Controller\MyModuleSearchController::view');

  1. Finally, the controller itself located on /mymodule/src/Controller/MyModuleSearchController.php

    namespace Drupal\mymodule\Controller;

    use Drupal\search\SearchPageInterface;
    use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request;
    use Drupal\search\Controller\SearchController;

     * Override the Route controller for search.
    class MyModuleSearchController extends SearchController {

       * {@inheritdoc}
      public function view(Request $request, SearchPageInterface $entity) {
        $build = parent::view($request, $entity);
        // Unset the Result title.
        if (isset($build['search_results_title'])) {

        return $build;


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I had a similar problem wherein i had to hide the Search Results H2 tag entirely.

I could manage to do it with Jquery with the below code :

$('h2:contains("Search results")').css("display", "none");
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