I am trying to target a specific div with CSS. But for that, I need a unique class in order to target a specific taxonomy term. I look at this question, but that doesn't work as it will target all taxonomy terms.

I have created a vocabulary called 'Titles' which has the following terms in it:

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Which will display the following in my browser:

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Note that I am not using a view to display these titles. Instead, I used a preprocess function:

function MYTHEME_preprocess_node(&$variables) {
  $variables['authortitle'] = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getViewBuilder('user')->view($variables['node']->getOwner(), 'nodetitle');

How can I add "Writer" as a class to the <a> tag?

3 Answers 3


To append a term's name as CSS class to the term field itself you could simply implement template_preprocess_field() like so:

use Drupal\taxonomy\Entity\Term;
use Drupal\Component\Utility\Html;

 * Implements template_preprocess_field().
function MYTHEME_preprocess_field(&$variables) {

  if ($variables['field_name'] == 'field_MYFIELD') {

    if (!$variables['element']['#items']->isEmpty()) {

      // Get the term ID.
      $tid = $variables['element']['#items']->getValue()[0]['target_id'];

      // Load the term.
      $term = Term::load($tid);

      // Get the term name.
      $name = $term->getName();

      // Make the term name safe to be used as CSS class.
      $name_safe = strtolower(Html::cleanCssIdentifier($name));

      // Append class.
      $variables['attributes']['class'][] = $name_safe;

Using content values for classes can be accomplished in twig. For something as simple as your example above I'd override taxonomy-term.html.twig for my theme. Adding class="{{ name}}" to the 'a' tag in there should do it.

You could also use attributes.addClass() similar to the way node information is added in those twig files.

  • Hi @lynbermt, thank you for your answer. Unfortunately, this only works on a taxonomy page. I am loading a taxonomy term on the homepage using field.html.twig. Your solutions doesn't work here, do you have another suggestion? :)
    – Rubenxfd
    Commented Oct 27, 2017 at 6:51
  • You could add a custom variable via template_preprocess_field(). What's in your field twig file now?
    – lynbermt
    Commented Oct 27, 2017 at 16:01
  • I managed to add the value as a class with class="{{ item.content }}". This only works on taxonomy page as I put it in the field.twig.html.
    – Rubenxfd
    Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 8:01

I find very useful to have taxonomy based classes in the <body> tag.

Typical: you want to hide the "share to social" field form some kind (term) of pages.

Having a term based class in body you can

body.tid-123 field-with-social-links  {
  display none;

Find out how to in https://drupal.stackexchange.com/a/220751/13760

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