I'm writing my first Drupal 8 theme.

Now for a block I need all some custom fields of the user. So that I can use it in my theme.

I create a theme file with collectionmanager_preprocess_html method.

use Drupal\Core\Session\AccountProxyInterface;
use Drupal\user\Entity\User;

 * Implements hook_preprocess_HOOK() for HTML document templates.
 * Adds body classes if certain regions have content.
function collectionmanager_preprocess_html(&$variables) {
// Load the current user.
$user = User::load(\Drupal::currentUser()->id());

// get field data from that user
$firstname = $user->field_first_name->value;
$lastname = $user->field_last_name->value;

$variables['custom_firstname'] = $user->field_first_name->value;
$variables['custom_lastname'] = $user->field_last_name->value;

If I'm correct I can access the variables in twig with {{custom_firstname}}. But it show always a null value. Can someone help me with this? I can't find my issue on this. The variable $firstname and $lastname contains the correct values.

  • What is the template name?
    – ya.teck
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 14:00
  • I need to use the variable in page.html.twig file.
    – JimmyD
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 14:04
  • if u need this variable in page.html.twig you should use preprocess_page instead of preprocess_html .
    – macherif
    Commented Jan 24, 2020 at 15:43

1 Answer 1


collectionmanager_preprocess_html() prepares variables for html.html.twig template. For page.html.twig the of the function name should be collectionmanager_preprocess_page(). The same pattern should be used for other theme hooks (view, block, field etc).

  • When I debug my source after changing the method name it gives me a ResourceNotFoundException.
    – JimmyD
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 14:14
  • That seems irrelevant to this issue.
    – ya.teck
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 14:21
  • I forgot to clear the cache after change the method name. Tnx
    – JimmyD
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 14:23

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