I have a twig template for the compact display of a user where I am able to output the defined content fields. Is there a way to output the username of that user?


3 Answers 3


{{ user.name.0.value }}

should give you what you want.

The preferred way is inject the username as a variable in a preprocess function. To do so, tweak that in your theme's .theme file


 * Implements hook_preprocess_user().
function yourtheme_preprocess_user(&$variables) {
  /** @var User $account */
  $account = $variables['elements']['#user'];

  $variables['username'] = $account->getDisplayName();

then in your user template you can use that as {{ username }}.


To get the full URL:

  • In your template {{ path('entity.user.canonical', {'user': user.id}, {}) }}
  • In yourtheme_preprocess_user(): $variables['user_url'] = Url::fromRoute('entity.user.canonical', ['user' => $account->id()])->setAbsolute()->toString();
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    The later is preferred so that hook_user_format_name() runs to do anything that a site may want for usernames.
    – mpdonadio
    Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 13:22
  • Can the full URL of the user page be retreived in a similar way using the user preprocess? Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 15:10
  • Updated response to include 2 methods to get the user page url
    – zerolab
    Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 15:44
  • Thanks so much for your help. The template method works fine, but the preprocess gives me the following error: Recoverable fatal error: Object of class Drupal\Core\Field\FieldItemList could not be converted to string in Drupal\Core\Routing\UrlGenerator->doGenerate() (line 192 of core/lib/Drupal/Core/Routing/UrlGenerator.php). Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 16:02
  • if you use yourtheme_preprocess_user() solution, you need to add use Drupal\Core\Url; in your theme's .theme file. Commented May 17, 2022 at 21:13

The display name is not a field you can configure in {{ content }}. You can get it directly from the user entity:

{{ user.displayname }}

Reference for the php method: AccountInterface::getDisplayName

  • 3
    Should have more votes IMO. This is the equivalent of the preprocess function in the accepted answer but called from the Twig template.
    – star-szr
    Commented Sep 9, 2019 at 15:41
  • 2
    Definitely the best solution. Commented Apr 4, 2020 at 20:44
  • it works. but how can I prevent it's being cached. sometimes it's displaying prevoiusly logged in username. Or If I login with other user in other browser and come back and refresh here, the user name is getting changed. Commented Apr 15, 2022 at 12:04
  • 1
    @KrishnaMohan, the question is about the user template. If you have a different template this is probably not cached per user. By bubbling up a cache context you can cache per user: {{ {'#cache': {'contexts': ['user']}} }}. Caveat: Drupal is optimized to cache per user permissions. Adding a per user context to random templates could cause a severe impact on cache performance, depending on the amount of users registered on the site.
    – 4uk4
    Commented Apr 15, 2022 at 16:32

This answer is specifically for getting the username in menu.html.twig

The solution of passing the username through macro worked for me. Setting a variable and passing it into the macro is needed as these are out of scope of the macro in menu.html.twig

{% set username = user.account.name %}
{{ menus.menu_links(items, attributes, 0,logged_in,username) }}
{% macro menu_links(items, attributes, menu_level,logged_in,username) %}
{{ username }}
{% endmacro %}
  • This answer would be more helpful if it also showed how you setup the logged_in and username variables in a hook_preprocess_menu(). Commented Aug 29, 2023 at 19:47

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