So my question is how I can get programmatically in preprocess node hook, the display mode of a node, for example, to check if view mode is a teaser or full?

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The view mode is in the vars:

function MYMODULE_preprocess_node(&$vars) {
    $view_mode = $vars['view_mode'];

See template_preprocess_node() or node.html.twig for more info.

  • Thanks for respond Clive. Exactly what I've needed so proper condition would be $view_mode = $vars['view_mode']; if ($view_mode == 'easer') { Do something } Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 20:07
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    Exactly right :) (well, you might want a "t" in the "easer" but I'm guessing you know tha)
    – Clive
    Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 20:10
  • @leymannx Just FYI I reverted that last edit, I didn't see the improvement in it - preprocess hooks are equally valid in modules or themes
    – Clive
    Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 11:36
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    @leymannx If memory serves this goes back to a convention that grew up from D6 - template_preprocess_* is basically Drupal's way of saying this theme has an implied, required preprocess that sets up variables, and here it is. If I had to guess, I'd say it was to ensure that those required variables would be available to modules/themes subsequently implementing the preprocess hook. Otherwise, if it was node_preprocess_node, for example, the node module would have to fight with the other modules implementing the same hook in terms of module weight. foo_preprocess_node...
    – Clive
    Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 11:56
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    ...wouldn't have access to $vars['node'], and so on
    – Clive
    Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 11:56

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