I've the following code (sample) that runs on Cron and sends SMS to users.

$token = \Drupal::token();
$message = Hey, [current-user:account-name];
$message_value = $token->replace($message);

When cron run, Getting the SMS text as 'Hey Anonymous' This works correctly on site when user logins in. but not on cron.

So I tried to pass the user object to replace the token like follows but that doesn't work. Getting same result.

use Drupal\user\Entity\User;
$user = User::load($uid);
$message_value = $token->replace($message,['user' => $user]);

There are so many nodes created using this token. So I can't edit them all with new/custom token. So Is there any way to replace the user token, without writing a custom token? The other workaround is to use str_replace like follows, but there might exists other user tokens in the same text. so not preferable.

  $message_value = str_replace('[current-user:account-name]', $name, $message);

Any suggestions?

2 Answers 2


The current-user token will always take its data from the current user, you can't override it with parameters. See user_tokens:

if ($type == 'current-user') {
  $account = User::load(\Drupal::currentUser()
  $replacements += $token_service
    ->generate('user', $tokens, array(
    'user' => $account,
  ), $options, $bubbleable_metadata);

If you need to control the account object used for the token, use user instead

$message = 'Hey, [user:account-name]';
$message_value = $token->replace($message, ['user' => $account]);
  • 1
    Brilliant! as always, you saved my time. Thank you! Nov 20, 2020 at 10:38

Your approach

$user = User::load($uid);
$message_value = $token->replace($message,['user' => $user]);

doesn't work because of user.tokens.inc:153 (as of 8.8.11):

  if ($type == 'current-user') {
    $account = User::load(\Drupal::currentUser()->id());
    $replacements += $token_service->generate('user', $tokens, ['user' => $account], $options, $bubbleable_metadata);

So, depending on where you call the $token->replace, you may try to tweek the \Drupal::currentUser()->id() by re-setting it temporary.

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