In Drupal 7, if we need to define multiple instances of blocks from a database table, we use a foreach loop to return the array key, and then we we get all the multiple instances of our block using hook_block_info().

function mymodule_block_info() {
    $blocks = array();
    $add = db_select('mymodule_blocks_data', 'n')
                  ->fields('n', array('delta', 'title', 'content_type'))
                  ->condition('n.form_type', 'Add', '=')
    foreach ($add as $row) {
        $blocks[$row->delta] = array(
      'info' => t('@name (Add Form Block) Type: @type', array('@name' => $row->title, '@type' => $row->content_type)),
      'cache' => DRUPAL_NO_CACHE,

    $edit = db_select('mymodule_blocks_data', 'n')
                  ->fields('n', array('delta', 'title', 'content_type', 'nid'))
                  ->condition('n.form_type', 'Edit', '=')
    foreach ($edit as $row) {
        $blocks[$row->delta] = array(
      'info' => t('@name (Edit Form Block) Nid: @nid', array('@name' => $row->title, '@nid' => $row->nid)),
      'cache' => DRUPAL_NO_CACHE,

    return $blocks;

In Drupal 8, I suppose hook_block_info() is replaced by plugin derivatives. Though I found a way here where they display nodes by using the entity manager, I have still to understand what I need to do when I am using my custom database table, and not an entity.

What is the equivalent code in Drupal 8 for hook_block_info()?

1 Answer 1


Create a file ex : YourBlock.php in Drupal\mymodule\Plugin\Derivative\YourBlock.php


namespace Drupal\mymodule\Plugin\Derivative;

use Drupal\Component\Plugin\Derivative\DeriverBase;

class YourBlock extends DeriverBase
    public function getDerivativeDefinitions($base_plugin_definition)
        $results = \Drupal::database()->select('mymodule_blocks_data', 'n')
                  ->fields('n', array('delta','title', 'content_type'))
                  ->condition('n.form_type', 'Add', '=')
        foreach ($results as $result) {
            $this->derivatives[$result->delta] = $base_plugin_definition;
            $this->derivatives[$result->delta]['admin_label'] = t('Title: @name content type: @ctype ', array('@name' => $result->title, '@ctype' => $result->content_type));

        return $this->derivatives;

Also add the necessary annotation to display all the dynamic block instances in


namespace Drupal\mymodule\Plugin\Block;

use Drupal\Core\Block\BlockBase;

 * Display all instances for 'YourBlock' block plugin.
 * @Block(
 *   id = "mymodule_block",
 *   admin_label = @Translation("Your block"),
 *   deriver = "Drupal\mymodule\Plugin\Derivative\YourBlock"
 * )

Rebuild the cache as well

  • can i make necessary changes to your code ?? for future readers ? @m1r1k May 30, 2016 at 12:24
  • how to print these variable into template?
    – Fawwad
    Mar 1, 2018 at 3:41

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