How do I control which view mode of a user account appears on different pages?

I have a Compact user view mode with two fields I want to appear in forum posts and comments. I then have a more complete user view mode I would like to have appear on the users home page and eventually i would like a different view mode for article bylines.

I cannot, for the life of me though, figure out how to actually have any of these display.

I want to modify the layout of user.html.twig for the user home pages to have additional headings and information. But then it gets used wherever the user entity appears. Am I suppose to create specific twig templates for every user appearance or is there some more sensible way to control the fields that appear?

I tried accessing specific user entity fields and styling them in templates such as node--forum.html.twig but I can only seem to access the complete user entity with {{ author_picture }} - why is it named that if it is the entire entity? or the user name with {{ author_name }}

How do I do this?

1 Answer 1


The variables {{ author_picture }} and {{ author_name }} are prepared in preprocess in the hook template_preprocess_node(). You can modify these variables or add your own in a custom preprocess hook.

Or you can make the field uid configurable in UI by modifying the field definition in the node entity:


function mymodule_entity_base_field_info_alter(&$fields, $entity_type) {
  if ($entity_type->id() == 'node') {
    if (isset($fields['uid'])) {
      $fields['uid']->setDisplayConfigurable('view', TRUE);

and you'll find the Authored by field in the Manage Display page, where you can configure how the referenced user entity is formatted (which view mode is used).

A third and IMHO perferable option is to use the module Display Suite.

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