I got the 2nd level main menu in a block in the sidebar, drupal 8 correctly hides the menu (and the block) when the user browses a page that is not in this menu, but the theme continues to show the empty region. The condition {% if page.region %} is true. is there any way to solve this problem?

  • First you should check whats inside page.region with {{ kint(page.region) }} (devel kint module enabled). It seems not to be empty. Apr 15, 2016 at 8:16

4 Answers 4


It is better to use construction

{% if page.region|render|striptags|trim|length > 0 %} ... {% endif %}

So you can check if there is some content or not.

  • 2
    Note: This will not work properly if a region contains only HTML tags, such as Search Facets that are completely made up of <select> options. The striptags call will remove everything from these regions, making them appear to be empty and preventing your facets from showing.
    – diamondsea
    Jun 12, 2018 at 22:05

I you use menu_block module, this patch will fix the problem of a region showing up even when there are no subitems for a menu. Only tested on menu block version 8.x-1.5.

  • your patch work nice vs the 8.x-1.5. Have you open an issue on the module page?
    – xaa
    Nov 8, 2018 at 19:22

You can use {% if page.region|render|striptags %} to make sure the regions actually has content. See also the discussion here: [meta] Themes improperly check renderable arrays when determining visibility.


I did it this way to reduce the number of renders.

{% set render_sidebar_first = page.sidebar_first|render %}
{% if render_sidebar_first and render_sidebar_first|striptags|trim|length > 0 %}
  {% block sidebar_first %}
    <aside class="{{ sidebar_class }}" role="complementary">
        {{ render_sidebar_first }}
  {% endblock %}
{% endif %}

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