We would like to have the URL pattern for Article content type to use article/[node:field_short_description]. In the scenario where field_short_description is not populated, we would like for the URL pattern to be article/[node:title] as a fallback.


  1. Is it possible to use the field_short_description field if populated, else use the title field without custom code?
  2. How would we do this without custom code?

We tried to use article/[node:field_short_description]|[node:title] but when both fields are populated, then both are added to the URL.


We found the solution using the sample found on How To Create A Custom Token In Drupal 8?


 * Implements hook_token_info().
function my_module_token_token_info() {
  $info = [];
  $info['types']['my_token_group'] = ['name' => t('Custom Group'), 'description' => t('Custom Group')];
  $info['tokens']['my_token_group’][‘my_token’][] = 'A token to extract desired characters from Node body to be used in meta descriptions';
  return $info;

 * Implements hook_tokens().
function  my_module_token_tokens($type, $tokens, array $data, array $options, \Drupal\Core\Render\BubbleableMetadata $bubbleable_metadata) {
  $replacements = [];
  if ($type == 'my_token_group') {

    foreach ($tokens as $name => $original) {
      // Find the desired token by name.
      switch ($name) {
        case ‘my_token’:
          $node = $data['node'];
          if(is_object($node) && !$node->myFieldName->isEmpty()) {
            $token_value = $node->myFieldName->value; // or something similar.
          else {
            $token_value = $node->label();
          $replacements[$original] = $token_value;
  return $replacements;

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