I´ve created a file user-profile.tpl.php in a Drupal 7 installation. I´ve updated the site from Drupal 6. I have old core profile fields and I´ve installed the new profile2 module.

I´ve inserted that user-profile file into my theme folder and flushed cache. I want the profile to show all the core profile fields and the new profile 2 fields.

The thing is that it won´t show any field at all. It just shows the user picture.

After a lot of trying and error, I´ve tried deleting all the content inside user-profile.tpl.php file, and adding into it just "hello world". It won´t be printed out. And the profile picture is still there.

So, how do I get the file to be recognized? Should I set something at my template.tpl.php file?

Thanks for your help!!


  • Any time you add a new template file you need to clear Drupal's cache...have you done that?
    – Clive
    Jan 13, 2013 at 10:48
  • Thanks for your reply. Yes, I´ve flushed cache, several times.
    – Rosamunda
    Jan 13, 2013 at 11:15
  • May you show the code you are using in your user-profile.tpl.php file?
    – apaderno
    Jan 13, 2013 at 17:04
  • Thanks for your reply. I´ve deleted all the content inside user-profile.tpl.php file, and adding into it just the text "hello world". It won´t be printed out. And the profile picture is still there.
    – Rosamunda
    Jan 14, 2013 at 3:01
  • try disabling Display Suite Module.
    – user17312
    May 8, 2013 at 12:24

3 Answers 3


You could try adding your content in the user profile template preprocess function instead.

e.g, in template.php:

 * Implements hook_preprocess_user_profile
function THEMENAME_preprocess_user_profile(&$variables) {
  // Fetch relevant user account
  $account = $variables['elements']['#account'];
  // Add content to user profile render array
  $variables['user_profile'][] = array(
    '#type' => 'markup', 
    '#markup' => 'Hello world'

After adding a new preprocess function, clear theme registry cache, e.g at Admin > Performance > Clear all caches

  • Thanks for your reply David! I´ve tried that (and flushed cache after it), and it still won´t show up. it´s pretty weird.
    – Rosamunda
    Jan 13, 2013 at 11:20

After adding content to user profile template preprocess function,to display it on user profile page, you need to render that content. I recently had the same issue. So I created the preprocess function inside my theme's template.php file as suggested by David Thomas and created a user-profile.tpl.php file (just copy the user-profile.tpl.php from User module) inside my theme's template folder and rendered whatever content I wanted to display. In your case it should be something like:

print render($user_profile['content_name']);

Hope that works for you!


It must be possible to print anything when you have properly reckognized user-profile.tpl.php.

In my case it works out of the box. If i delete content of whole file, and just type "test" in it, page shows only "test".

Try this: Make sure that your user-profile.tpl.php is in /templates sub directory, not in root of your template folder, otherwise it won't work!

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