I have a pattern set up to create the URL aliases based on a field of type list text.

the field looks like this:

selection 1|selection 1

selection 2|selection 2

How can I alter the alias so it will show something like this:

www.example.com/1-was-selected rather than www.example.com/selection-1

UPDATE: I'm using Pathauto for the patterns.

  • Not completely clear what you are asking ... are you using pathauto for the patterns ? if its your own custom module please post some code.
    – GiorgosK
    Apr 17, 2018 at 15:19
  • Sorry, I forgot to mention.I'm using pathauto for the patterns. Apr 17, 2018 at 15:27

2 Answers 2


I would create a custom token and use that in my alias. I'm assuming you're using pathauto to create your aliases. This page gives a pretty good example of how to create your own token. Then you can select your token in the pathauto UI.

You can create the hook_tokens_info hook basically exactly as they've done, but replacing the "customs" with your real values. For your hook_tokens implementation, you should have access to the entity in the $data variable i.e., $data['node'] will have your node object if you're using this for nodes. From there you should be able to do something like $data['node']->field_your_list_field->getValue() to get the value of your field. Just be sure to return a $replacements array where the key is your custom_token and the value is the value to replace with, in your case this would be something like you-selected-value-X.


In this case I guess you should create a token in a custome module. Todo so you should implement hook_token_info() and then hook_tokens().

Or maybe you could look at hook_tokens_alter() and target the token you are actually using in your pattern to changed its rendering.

example from durpal.org:

function hook_tokens_alter(array &$replacements, array $context, \Drupal\Core\Render\BubbleableMetadata $bubbleable_metadata) {
  $options = $context['options'];

  if (isset($options['langcode'])) {
    $url_options['language'] = \Drupal::languageManager()->getLanguage($options['langcode']);
    $langcode = $options['langcode'];
  else {
    $langcode = NULL;

  if ($context['type'] == 'node' && !empty($context['data']['node'])) {
    $node = $context['data']['node'];

    // Alter the [node:title] token, and replace it with the rendered content
    // of a field (field_title).
    if (isset($context['tokens']['title'])) {
      $title = $node->field_title->view('default');
      $replacements[$context['tokens']['title']] = drupal_render($title);

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