I have this output from my twig template dump:

array (size=7)
  'id' => string 'views_block:about-block_1' (length=25)
  'label' => string '' (length=0)
  'provider' => string 'views' (length=5)
  'label_display' => string '0' (length=1)
  'views_label' => string '' (length=0)
  'items_per_page' => string '3' (length=1)
  'background' => 
    array (size=1)
      0 => string '136' (length=3)

So my file id (fid) is 136. I'd like to know a way to get this file's url without having to use a preprocess function.

Can this be done? Would I have to do a custom twig function to achieve this? If so where would I add the code to extend twig?


$twig = new Twig_Environment($loader);
$function = new Twig_SimpleFunction('function_name', function () {
    // ...

1 Answer 1


So I decided to create a module to extend twig and get the file url from its fid.

get_url_from_fid git project

Source of src/GetUrlFromFid.php

namespace Drupal\get_url_from_fid;

class GetUrlFromFid extends \Twig_Extension{

   * {@inheritdoc}
   * This function must return the name of the extension. It must be unique.
  public function getName(){
    return 'get_url_from_fid';

   * In this function we can declare the extension function
  public function getFunctions(){
    return array(
      new \Twig_SimpleFunction('get_url_from_fid',
        array($this, 'get_url_from_fid'),
        array('is_safe' => array('html'))

  public function get_url_from_fid($fid){
    $file = \Drupal\file\Entity\File::load($fid);
      $uri = $file->getFileUri();
      return file_create_url($uri);
      return false;

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