I have built a Drupal 8 site, we are showing the user name and last name on a block, this is my code on preprocess from .theme file:

$user = \Drupal\user\Entity\User::load(\Drupal::currentUser()->id());

$firstname = $user->get('field_firstname')->value;

$firstname = $firstname;
$variables['firstname'] = $firstname;

Then in the block im doing: Hello {{ firstname }}

And it shows the last user, not mine. When I do drush cr then I get the correct name, why? How can I fix this and already display the right username?

  • add to your block class this method public function getCacheMaxAge() { return 0; }
    – berramou
    Commented Apr 27, 2020 at 23:47
  • not sure what you mean, im using this on the _preprocess(&$variables, $hook) { of the theme.. Commented Apr 28, 2020 at 0:09
  • you process your block with THEME_preprocess_block ?
    – berramou
    Commented Apr 28, 2020 at 0:26

1 Answer 1


You are retrieving the user name from the current context and the user entity, but then you make it a dumb string value to pass it to the template. Include the cache metadata to define where this value is coming from and under which circumstances it could change:

$user = \Drupal\user\Entity\User::load(\Drupal::currentUser()->id());
$firstname = $user->get('field_firstname')->value;

$variables['firstname'] = [
  '#plain_text' => $firstname,
  '#cache' => [
    'contexts' => ['user'],
    'tags' => $user->getCacheTags(),

More info https://www.drupal.org/docs/8/api/render-api/cacheability-of-render-arrays

  • Adding this cache context should address exactly this problem, see the linked docs.
    – 4uk4
    Commented Apr 29, 2020 at 9:55
  • We used a programmatically generated custom block to solve a similar problem. See the last answer to stackoverflow.com/questions/66549174/… for details. Commented Dec 21, 2022 at 4:17

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