I am trying to find the correct tokens to use for a Pathauto pattern in Drupal 8.

In Drupal 7, I have a Pathauto module pattern that creates a URL alias with a node's term and parent term.

So if the node had a Term reference of Health -> Diet. The URL would be health/diet/node-title.

The pattern to generate this is [node:field-topic:0:parents:join-path]/[node:field-topic:0]/[node:title]

Note the :0 is because the Term reference field allows multiple values.

  • Did you try node:field-topic:0:entity? Tokens behave like accessing fields in the API and entity query, they require that you specifiy :entity: to access the referenced entity.
    – Berdir
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 20:43
  • It doesn't like that either unfortunately. I found this which suggests the functionality hasn't been implemented yet drupal.org/node/2821810 Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 23:41
  • That's just another wrong way of using the token. I only just noticed now that you have field-topic, but it should be field_topic, that might fix it.
    – Berdir
    Commented Jan 6, 2017 at 0:02
  • Yeah I've tried both variations - and _ Commented Jan 6, 2017 at 0:06

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I just tested the tokens that I suggested in the comments with field_tags on articles and it works perfectly, no idea what your problem is, make sure you use the latest versions of pathauto and token.

Token: /articles/[node:field_tags:0:entity:parents:join-path]/[node:field_tags:0:entity]/[node:title]

Tag hierachy: A > B > C

Alias for an article tagged with C: /articles/a/b/c/pathauto-test

  • Thanks! Not even sure what I had wrong earlier but that pattern is working. Commented Jan 7, 2017 at 5:20

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