How do I programmatically hide the Authored by part in a content type using hooks?

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    You know you can disable this manually by editing the article content type and unchecking Display author and date information. in the Display settings section? – Neograph734 May 28 '16 at 8:39

I assume you need to hide the Authored by part basing on some conditions you check at run-time. If you need to hide that only for a content type, for example for the Article content type, then you can change settings in admin/structure/types/manage/article.


If you want to hide that information basing on the user ID of the user who created the node, then you could use the following code.

function mymodule_preprocess_node(&$vars) {
  $node = $vars['node'];

  // Remove that information if the node has been created from the user #1.  
  if ($node->uid == 1) {
    $vars['display_submitted'] = FALSE;
    $vars['submitted'] = '';
    $vars['user_picture'] = '';

Notice I am setting the same variables set by template_preprocess_node(), which uses the following code.

  // Display post information only on certain node types.
  if (variable_get('node_submitted_' . $node->type, TRUE)) {
    $variables['display_submitted'] = TRUE;
    $variables['submitted'] = t('Submitted by !username on !datetime', array('!username' => $variables['name'], '!datetime' => $variables['date']));
    $variables['user_picture'] = theme_get_setting('toggle_node_user_picture') ? theme('user_picture', array('account' => $node)) : '';
  else {
    $variables['display_submitted'] = FALSE;
    $variables['submitted'] = '';
    $variables['user_picture'] = '';

The template files used by Drupal core check $display_submitted before rendering $submitted and $user_picture. Probably Drupal core sets also $variables['submitted'] and $variables['user_picture'] for those template files that render them without checking first $display_submitted.

  • thx that's exactly what i'm looking for :) – Ala Aloui May 28 '16 at 15:27

This variable is added in template_preprocess_node, which is the second step in template processing.

These processors pass the variables by reference, so in any of the lower hooks (you can use a theme or a module to implement hook_preprocess_HOOK), you can alter this variable.

So in your module or theme (change MYMODULE with theme name), use this code:

function MYMODULE_preprocess_node(&$variables) {
  $variables['display_submitted'] = FALSE;

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