I need to alter all the blocks of custom type 'my_custom_block_type' that get displayed on my site. In order to achieve this, i added a custom prerender in which i filter on the block bundle :

function my_module_block_view_alter(array &$build, \Drupal\Core\Block\BlockPluginInterface $block) {
  $build['#pre_render'][] = '_custom_block_custom_prerender';

function _custom_block_custom_prerender(array $build) {
  if ($build['content']['#block_content']) {
    $block_bundle = $build['content']['#block_content']->bundle();

    if ($build['content']['#block_content']->bundle() === 'my_custom_block_type') {
      // do your thing here
  return $build;

I think it's not the most elegant way to do this.

I tried to enhance this, but i did not manage, after several attempts, to retrieve the block type directly inside a hook_block_view_alter or a hook_block_build_alter ...

function hook_block_view_alter(array &$build, \Drupal\Core\Block\BlockPluginInterface $block) {
  // things
function hook_block_build_alter(array &$build, \Drupal\Core\Block\BlockPluginInterface $block) {
  // stuff

Is there a way to easily get the custom block type inside those two hooks ?

  • Try hook_block_content_view()/view_alter(), that gives you the block_content entity as an argument, just like hook_node_view(). Depends on what you need to do
    – Berdir
    Feb 21, 2017 at 12:15
  • thanks @Berdir, hook_ENTITY_TYPE_view did the trick and is more straightforward.
    – tYba
    Feb 21, 2017 at 13:15
  • Hey, could you move the solution into a desired answer and mark that as accepted?
    – leymannx
    Feb 21, 2017 at 14:05

1 Answer 1


Try hook_ENTITY_TYPE_view()/hook_ENTITY_TYPE_view_alter(), that gives you the block_content $entity as an argument, just like hook_node_view().

  • @leymannx Thanks for improving, but as I commented, you should then actually use $entity and you can also type hint it on BlockContentInterface to get more specific method autocomplete.
    – Berdir
    Feb 21, 2017 at 15:47
  • I see! Removed OP's code.
    – leymannx
    Feb 21, 2017 at 15:53

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