I have some list items in drupal 8 which created by item_list template.I am sending some <a> tagged data to the item_list template. My idea was to get the output as <a href="/this-is-new.html">This is new page</a>.

But it returns the output as <li>&lt;a href="/this-is-new.html"&gt;This is new page&lt;/a&gt;</li>.

I need to print this in a twig template. But with the output I had it renders as a string in the template not as a html anchor tag. I needed to view a link to another page in template. But all I am getting is a string with the <a href="/this-is-new.html">This is new page</a>. What should I do?


NOTE: this should be avoided as it is considered bad practice as mentioned in the comments, leaving here as an example to avoided

Inside your twig template try this

  {{ var|raw }}

where var is the variable being printed.

For more information here

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    Using the |raw filter should be avoided for security reasons. For a better method to get the raw value see How do I get the raw field value in a template? – No Sssweat Jan 25 '18 at 5:42
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    Sorry for the down vote, but I consider using the |raw filter bad practice. You event mentioned it in your comment {# var won't be escaped #}. But I don't want you to delete this answer, It's good for others to learn about avoiding this security pitfall. – No Sssweat Jan 25 '18 at 5:54
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    @NoSssweat This won't work for me because it only escapes the outer element. As an example with my code it will only escape <li> tag but not the string inside. I need to convert the string inside. This output is coming from item_list by auto generating the lists from Drupal. Because of that I can't grab the inside string in the <li> tag. – i am batman Jan 25 '18 at 6:15
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    @NoSssweat twig documentation does not mention anywhere that its not secure. – GiorgosK Jan 25 '18 at 7:11
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    @NoSssweat yes I understand the reasoning behind escaping but I did not know the inner working of you solution and that it was actually being escaped (thought it was raw) ... thanks for the link very informative – GiorgosK Jan 27 '18 at 15:01

Try using convert_encoding('UTF-8', 'HTML-ENTITIES') twig filter. For example {{ item|convert_encoding('UTF-8', 'HTML-ENTITIES')}}.

  • This don't work for me :( – i am batman Jan 25 '18 at 6:11

To send html markup to a template use a #markup render element

$variables['link'] = [
  '#markup' => '<a href="/this-is-new.html">This is new page</a>',

so that the html tags are not escaped when you output the variable in twig:

{{ link }}

The link here is only an example. There are better ways to build links, see How do I create a link?


But it returns the output as <li>&lt;a href="/this-is-new.html"&gt;This is new page&lt;/a&gt;</li>.

The reason for this, is because Twig is auto escaping your HTML. List only allows list related HTML tags, like <li>.

I have some list items in drupal 8

My idea was to get the output as <a href="/this-is-new.html">This is new page</a>

Don't use List as your field type, instead use Link and set it to unlimited.

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Now when you add a new node:

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You can make use Markup class which defines an object that passes safe strings through the render system.

1.) You first need to create a TwigExtension.php class inside a module and define a function which will actually return a formatted string.

2.) Use that function inside any of your twig files to render formatted strings.

3.) Do Rebuild the cache, using Drush cr.

-> Create a module_name.services.yml file under modules/module_name:

    class: Drupal\module_name\TwigExtension
      - {name: twig.extension}

-> Create a TwigExtension.php under modules/module_name/src/TwigExtension.php :


namespace Drupal\module_name;

use Drupal\Core\Render\Markup;

 * Class DefaultService.
 * @package Drupal\module_name
class TwigExtension extends \Twig_Extension {

   * {@inheritdoc}
   * This function must return the name of the extension. It must be unique.
  public function getName() {
    return 'block_display';

   * In this function we can declare the extension function
  public function getFunctions() {
    return array(
      new \Twig_SimpleFunction('render_string', array($this, 'render_string'), array('is_safe' => array('html'))),

   * Function to decode html special chars
  public function render_string($string) {
    $render_string = Markup::create($string);
    return $render_string;

-> **Insert twig function inside your twig file: **

{% set str = render_string('<a href="/this-is-new.html">This is new page</a>') %}
{{ str }}

Hope, this will help you.

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