I have read Hide an entity with hook_entity_view_alter(), and by all rights this code should hide every paragraph on a page:

 * Implements hook_ENTITY_TYPE_view_alter().
function mymodule_paragraph_view_alter(array &$build, EntityInterface $entity, EntityViewDisplayInterface $display) {
  $build['#access'] = false;

There are no errors, I know the function is being called because the debugger stops there on a breakpoint, I've cleared cache with every test.

I've tried hook_entity_view, hook_entity_view_alter, hook_ENTITY_TYPE_view and hook_ENTITY_TYPE_view_alter.

None of them have any effect whether I'm logged in or not.

['#access'] is not showing up in the build array in any of these hooks which makes me think the advice might be out of date since 8.4 dropped? If it does work - why should it work?

Are there any other ways, better ways of hiding paragraph entities (or any entity really)?

Obviously there will be some logic involved later which is why I want to do it in one of these hooks (or similar).

Edit 1: It has been suggested that there should be a $build['content'] array or similar. There is only the entity object in whichever hook I try of the four I have listed:

inspect build variable

  • 1
    Inspect the $build variable. Are you sure it shouldn't be something like $build['content']['#access'] = false?
    – Felix Eve
    Oct 19, 2017 at 23:06
  • I'd try try adding that #access property everywhere until something sticks. Maybe to #paragraph? Maybe the each field separately? If all else fails you could always try unsetting stuff?
    – Felix Eve
    Oct 20, 2017 at 0:27
  • Hehehe, yeah... that's why I'm here, I tried that already =)
    – Darvanen
    Oct 20, 2017 at 0:41

3 Answers 3


Try this:

$build['#printed'] = TRUE

$build['#printed'] = TRUE works but is heavily cached..you can set your cache though or still try $build['body']['0']['#access'] = FALSE; OR

$build['filter_this_view']['actions']['submit']['#access'] = FALSE;

depending on your $build array structure. The fields will not be cached


I know it didn't work for you, but I am using mymodule_comment_view_alter() (i.e. hooking into hook_ENTITY_TYPE_view_alter) to selectively hide individual comments.

Although $build didn't have an '#access' key, eventually I tried

$build['#access'] = false;

and that does work, for comments anyway.

Also I don't need to clear the cache at all whilst editing the hook (I do have Twig debugging on it local.services.yml, but with twig.config.cache still enabled.)

(Drupal 8.5.5)

  • Unfortunately this question is specifically about paragraph entities, not comments. The bit about 'any other entity really' is in reference to other ways of achieving this :)
    – Darvanen
    Jul 12, 2018 at 0:19

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