I have a custom theme (subtheme of drupal bootstrap theme). We are overriding menu--account.html.twig. So I copied menu--account.html.twig from the bootstrap theme template folder into my theme's template folder, and I verified this template is being used because static text changes I added show up on screen.

Now I'm trying to add a variable that the menu--account.html.twig template can read.

How do I do that? My variable's name is 'nickname'. I tried this:

 function mymodule_preprocess_menu__account(&$variables)
     $variables['nickname'] = 'Jeff';     

The variable is added to the array, and I can see it if I use dpm, but when I reference {{nickname}} in the template it's always null.

I also read I had to define the variable like this:

 function candidate_poral_theme_registry_alter(&$theme_registry)
   $theme_registry['menu__account']['variables']['nickname'] = 'default';

But that also doesn't work.

Any assistance would be welcome.

  • Have to ask, but is your theme registry alter hook spelled correctly? I noticed it says poral instead of portal. Can you verify the code is being hit on cache clear?
    – Kevin
    Commented Oct 25, 2017 at 18:27
  • Well, you're right about the misspelling, but fixing it didn't have any effect other than allowing me to confirm (by dumpign $theme_registry via dsm) that the registry alter hook is being called on a cache clear.
    – jeff.eynon
    Commented Oct 25, 2017 at 19:22

1 Answer 1


I have done this for a theme on past projects. Be sure to pass it in through the content item:


use Drupal\Core\Render\Markup;

function mytheme_theme_registry_alter(&$theme_registry) { 
  $theme_registry['menu__account']['variables']['nickname'] = 'default'; 

function mytheme_preprocess_menu__account(&$variables) {
  // code...

  $variables['content']['#nickname'] = [
    .. renderable properties

  // or also...

  $variables['content']['#nickname'] = Markup::create('Jeff');

Then, in the twig template:

{{ custom_var }}

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