I need to redirect all existing links targeting a few hand-picked nodes to an external domain. I created an EventSubscriber listening to RequestEvents


    class: Drupal\my\EventSubscriber\EventSubscriber
    arguments: ['@current_route_match', '@redirect.checker']
      - { name: event_subscriber }


/* trimmed constructor, etc. for simplicity */

  public static function getSubscribedEvents() {
    // This needs to run before Redirect module
    $events[KernelEvents::REQUEST][] = ['onKernelRequestCheckRedirect', 34];
    return $events;
  public function onKernelRequestCheckRedirect(RequestEvent $event) {
    // the follwing lines are taken from redirect module 
    // @see https://git.drupalcode.org/project/redirect/-/blob/8.x-1.x/src/EventSubscriber/RedirectRequestSubscriber.php#L111
    $request = clone $event->getRequest();
    if (!$this->checker->canRedirect($request)) {

     * No matter which route I visit, the $this->routeMatch->getRouteObject is always null,
     * therefore the following lines also don't work as I hoped
    $routeName = $this->routeMatch->getRouteName(); // returns NULL :(
    $nodeId = $this->routeMatch->getParameter('node'); // returns NULL :(

    if ($routeName !== 'entity.node.canonical' || !in_array($nodeId, [MY_HANDPICKED_NODE_IDS]) ) {
    else {
       // do $event->setResponse(my TrustedRedirectResponse);

Why is my route object always NULL? How do I get the routing information in my subscriber?

  • For debugging/testing purposes, if you try \Drupal::routeMatch()->getRouteName(); is it also NULL ?
    – No Sssweat
    Nov 24 at 12:12
  • Yes, same as injected, all route information is NULL
    – Hudri
    Nov 24 at 12:37
  • Why did you choose the priority 34? Routing is at priority 32. The default priority 0 should work most times unless you need to run before a specific core subscriber.
    – 4uk4
    Nov 24 at 12:43
  • 1
    @4uk4 Thanks, this was the issue. I was taking a look at the code in the redirect module, they used 34 there and I thought this is good for me too. Simply removing/using the default priority fixed it $events[KernelEvents::REQUEST][] = ['onKernelRequestCheckRedirect'];
    – Hudri
    Nov 24 at 12:52

1 Answer 1


The problem was caused by the priority inside the subscribe function. The redirect module used priority 34 here, but this was not fitting my case. Simply removing/using the default priority in the subscribe function solved the issue.

  public static function getSubscribedEvents() {
    $events[KernelEvents::REQUEST][] = ['onKernelRequestCheckRedirect'];
    return $events;

This answer is coming from @4uk4's comment below the original question.

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