The template file I am using contains the following code.

foo is '{{ foo }}'
item.url is '{{ item.url }}'
{% if item.url == foo %}
{% endif %}

I was expecting this code to output foo is 'test' item.url is 'test' equal, but instead it outputs foo is 'test' item.url is 'test'; the equal part doesn't appear.

The following code works.

{% if 'test' == 'test' %}

This code doesn't work.

{% if item.url == 'test' %}

Why doesn't the code I am using work?

1 Answer 1


This depends on the context, but most likely item.url is not a native string variable test, but a function or a render array with the string representation / render result test.

This is similar to Drupal's well known content variable: When you render {{ content }}, you will get the string representation like <div class="something">content...</div>. But when you do a dump or kint, you will see that content is an array, and doing a comparision {% if content = '<div class="something">content...</div>' %} will be false too.

I'd recommend to always avoid boolean operations with rendered representations, always head for the raw data. E.g. don't do {% if content.field_something.0 == 'my_value' %}, instead inspect the entity {% if node.field_something.0.value == 'my_value' %}.

If you have to compare to a render array, you could do somehting like {% if some_var|render == 'my_string' %}.

  • Awesome, thanks for the help. Adding |render works great.
    – Innovine
    Commented Oct 4, 2019 at 11:23

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