I'm using Path auto module to automatically set url of articles. Last part of url is node title and [node:title] works just fine. But url part before node title should follow taxonomy structure (tree) of tag used for tagging that article (taxonomy name: "structural_category".

So i.e. if article is tagged with tag "Child" and that tag has parent tag called "Parent" then url of my article should be:


I can get only Child tag with tokens like this: [node:field_structural_category:0], but I don't see the way to get Child's tag parent with token. With "Browse available tokens" I just can't drill any deeper than tag which is used directly for tagging the article.

For Drupal 7 I found that there is a solution with "join" keyword, something like:


What are the URL Alias pattern replacements for taxonomy parent terms when building up Node paths?

And I know that for Drupal 8 there should be something like:


But when I try to save pattern like that I get an error "Path pattern is using the following invalid tokens:..."

When I use "Available tokens" helper tool I don't see this "term" at all?! All I see is:

My available options

There's no a word on "join", "parent" or any other similar token.

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Found it. Token should look like:


It appeared (I think) after I changed reference field from multiple to accept only one value.

While it was accepting multiple values I could access first 3 elements, but not their parents. So this option is available only for single value fields. I see that lot of tokens are missing when tag reference field is set to accept multiple values. Bug or feature - can't say.

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    Have you tried [node:field_structural_category:0:entity:parents] for the first term parents when multiple values are allowed? It seems it should follow that logic, just choose which delta if there are more than one.
    – prkos
    Commented Jun 4, 2020 at 22:16
  • Hmm..seems to work (I'm not getting error message for that construction) but it's not available in "Available tokens" helper pop-up.
    – MilanG
    Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 6:57
  • Maybe it just needs to be added to the token suggestion list. I haven't been involved with this a lot, but maybe you can search the issues and see if anything similar is reported, or submit a new one?
    – prkos
    Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 18:40

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