• In page--front.html.twig I load a nested twig file {% include "header.twig" {} %}
  • In header.twig I want to render my menu block

I tried the following but no result:

  • In my_theme.theme I added:
function crm_theme_preprocess_page(&$variables) {
  $block = \Drupal\block\Entity\Block::load('crmnavigation');
  $variables['block_output'] = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()
  • In header.twig I added {{ my_navigation }} but it doesn't show the menu block?
  • 1
    if you define $variables['block_output'] = xxx in preprocess page, in twig template you need add {{ block_output }}. Variable block_output is array render of menu not my_navigation. So funny :D
    – Jonh
    Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 9:06
  • thanks. In header.twig I added now {{ block_output }}, but nothing shows up?
    – meez
    Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 10:35
  • Are you sure about block id crmnavigation?
    – Jonh
    Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 10:40
  • If I go to admin/structure/block > (currently the menu block is Disabled) > click on Configure > Machine name: crmnavigation
    – meez
    Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 10:49
  • @Jonh any solution? Do you know whats going wrong? Thanks
    – meez
    Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 11:44

2 Answers 2


The easiest solution is to make use of twig tweaks module, Install twig tweak

drush -y en twig_tweak, 
drush cr, 

now you can place navigation anywhere. In your case inside header.twig file place

{{ drupal_block('crmnavigation') }}

You can also render entities, views and many other things. well explained here http://www.wdtutorials.com/drupal/theming/drupal-8-tutorial-43-twig-tweak-module-article-video#.WCPOxeErIyk

  • As of version 1.5 you can use drupal_menu() function.
    – ya.teck
    Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 14:04

There is a module that lets you do this called Simplify Menu.

In your Twig template, you make the call for the menu you want to fetch, and then wrap it in markup like so:

// Get menu items
{% set items = simplify_menu('main_navigation') %}

// Iterate menu tree
<nav class="navigation__items">
  {% for menu_item in items.menu_tree %}
    <li class="navigation__item">
      <a href="{{ menu_item.url }}">{{ menu_item.text }}</a>
  {% endfor %}

Although, my question still remains..

Why can't you just create a region to hold navigation, and place the block in there in the block layout?

  • For multi-level menu items, how would you do with this?
    – KTM
    Commented Oct 9, 2023 at 6:59

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