I hope someone is able to help me. The problem is the following one: 1)I have module in which a assign the variable in order to send to the template file php.tpl

$testvar="Hello from alex!";
$variables['testvar'] = $testvar; 

This variable can be shown in the php.tpl file like

<?php print $testvar?>

2)I have separated .js file How can i get access to this varuiable inside .js file?

I know how it'll be if .js file is inside .php.tpl:

$testvar="Hello from alex!";
<script type="text/javascript">
var myVar = '<?php print $testvar?>';

The problem is how to do the same if these two files .js and .php.tpl are separated?

  • 2
    don't blindly echo out a variable into Javascript. If there's any Javascript metacharacters (single quotes, especially), you'll introduce syntax errors. Do var myVar = <?php echo json_encode($testvar) ?>; which will take care of any such issues for you, regardless of the PHP var's data-type/content.
    – Marc B
    Commented May 11, 2011 at 14:17
  • List of Drupal 7 js tips and tricks browse-tutorials.com/tutorial/javascript-drupal-7
    – ram4nd
    Commented Sep 7, 2017 at 10:33

3 Answers 3


You should use drupal_add_js() in your module, there is no need to output the variable in your .tpl.php:

drupal_add_js(array('YOURMODULE' => array('testvar' => $testvar)), array('type' => 'setting'));

And in your JavaScript, you can the access the value in Drupal.settings.YOURMODULE.testvar:


Direct usage of global variables (as suggested in your code sample) is a discouraged practice in JavaScript as it clutter the global namespace. Also, if your code is triggered on page load, check the "Behaviors" section in Managing JavaScript in Drupal 7 documention (the whole page is worth reading).


In your MODULENAME.module file use the following code.

$testVariable = 'himanshu';
drupal_add_js(array('MODULENAME' => array('testvar' => $testVariable)), array('type' => 'setting'));
drupal_add_js(drupal_get_path('module', 'MODULENAME') . '/MODULENAME.js');

And in MODULENAME.js use the following one.

(function($) {
  Drupal.behaviors.MODULENAME = {
    attach: function (context, settings) {


In this way, you can pass your PHP variable to JavaScript, and use it.

  • What does the function do and when is it triggered? Why not to use directly Drupal.settings.YOURMODULE.testvar?
    – Axel Stone
    Commented May 4, 2017 at 7:40

For Drupal 8, drupal_add_js() was removed (it was deprecated in Drupal 7 already) => see this for further information.

The way to send PHP information to Javascript is perfectly described by @4k4's answer to a similar question.

return [
  '#theme' => 'item_list',
  '#list_type' => 'ul',
  '#items' => $my_items,
  '#attributes' => ['class' => 'some_class'],
  '#attached' => [
    'library' => ['my_module/my_library'],
    'drupalSettings' => [
      'my_library' => [
        'some_variable1' => $value,        // <== Variables passed
        'another_variable' => $take_this,  // <== 

In JavaScript, they can be used as follows:

(function ($, Drupal, drupalSettings) {
  Drupal.behaviors.my_library = {
    attach: function (context, settings) {

      alert(drupalSettings.my_library.some_variable); //alerts the value of PHP's $value

})(jQuery, Drupal, drupalSettings);
  • Worth to mention that in the *.libraries.yml there also should be a dependency defined to - core/drupalSettings.
    – leymannx
    Commented May 23, 2018 at 10:10

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