I have a custom module which contains a template directory and a .tpl.php. I would like to add a specific stylesheet for this template. Right now, my tpl-file looks like:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML+RDFa 1.0//EN" "http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/DTD/xhtml-rdfa-1.dtd"><html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  <title>My Title</title>
 <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="sites/all/themes/mytheme/css/styles.css" />
    <div class="content-container">
        <p>My content</p>

And it works, but only partially... How can I include the css stylesheet in a more proper (read: more Drupal) way? I've tried the drupal_add_css(), but with no results... But maybe I did it the wrong way. Any suggestions?

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    Consider putting <html> in new line, now it looks like you forgot it on first glance.
    – Mołot
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 10:45

1 Answer 1


In mymodule.info file, add following line:

stylesheets[all][] = css/styles.css

Then, in html.tpl.php be sure to print scripts and styles, like that:

  <?php print $styles; ?>
  <?php print $scripts; ?>

Failing to output these will break many modules, and make Drupal Core to fallback to non-javascript behavior, and you don't want this to happen.

  • That won't work (neither will drupal_add_css()) as OP is replacing the the html template. The template needs to be preprocessed, a $styles var instantiated via drupal_get_css(), then print $styles added to the <head> of the page to use any of the in-built CSS-adding methods
    – Clive
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 10:26
  • @Clive I somehow missed that he does not print $styles;. Updating my answer. Again, some things are so obvious now, it's easy to forget they are not obvious for everyone. Sorry.
    – Mołot
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 10:29
  • Do I have to print the $styles in my custom .tpl file? Or the general html.tpl? Because if insert it into my custom .tpl, I get a Undefined variable: styles-error...
    – Michiel
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 10:41
  • @Michiel You are supposed to print <head> only in html.tpl.php, no matter if it's module or theme provided. And every time you do it, be sure to print them $styles and $scripts, unless you know enough to be sure you don't want to.
    – Mołot
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 10:44

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