So I have a custom content entity that has the typical attributes. Name, Author, Creation Date, ect. In the 'view' tab of this content entity, it displays said name, author, ect.

When I hover over the name or title, it will display that this particular area uses field.html.twig as its default base template. I created my own custom template that extends the base template, and wanted to edit it so it would look different.

However, doing so renders the field invisible. I tried copying the base template and pasting it into my custom twig template, however the field is still invisible. Only when I delete my custom template does it revert back to the original base template and display the field.

Here is where I am confused. My custom twig template is taking precedence, it shows that in the debug info, but I am copying the field.html.twig code into my custom code before I start editing. Why then is the fields disappearing off the page or not rendering considering that I am using the exact same coding?

Just for reference, this is a custom module template and not a themeing template I am working with.

Here is a picture of what the field looks like when its displaying properly, otherwise it vanishs.

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My hook theme code for this particular field:

  $theme['field__parent_task'] = [
    'render element' => 'content',
    'variables' => ['content' => NULL],
    'file' => 'task.page.inc',

I don't know what to put for the key names in the theme array, so I just copy and pasted from another one that was already there.

1 Answer 1


If you want to only override the field template.

Try with with the following.

  1. Implement hook_theme like the following no needs for variables and file keys.

     * Implements hook_theme().
    function myModule_theme($existing, $type, $theme, $path) {
      return [
        'field__parent_task' => [
          'template' => 'field--parent-task',
          'base hook' => 'field',

  1. Create templates folder in your module root.
  2. Create field--parent-task.html.twig inside your templates folder.
  3. Copy and the paste the base template code into your template file.
  4. Clear the cache.
  • Thank you so much, I been trying to figure this out for hours. It looks like the issue came down to not having a 'template' key and 'base hook' key.
    – Shawn
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 20:45
  • You are welcome, i'm glad that helped :)
    – berramou
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 20:50

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