Twig Template naming conventions

Last updated on
15 November 2017

Drupal loads templates based on certain naming conventions. This allows you to override templates by adding them to your theme and giving them specific names.

After adding a template you must rebuild the cache in order for Drupal to discover your new template.

You can debug Twig templates to figure out which templates are being used to output the markup for any given element. More about Twig debugging here.

This page lists the conventions used for the base html structure, the page, regions, blocks, nodes, fields, and other core components. (It's good to know that it is possible to create custom template name suggestions using function hook_theme_suggestions_HOOK_alter.)

HTML (<head> template)

The HTML template provides markup for the basic structure of the HTML-page including the <head>, <title> and <body> tags.

Base template: html.html.twig (base location: core/modules/system/templates/html.html.twig)

The following are some examples of how you may override the base template:

  1. html--internalviewpath.html.twig
  2. html--node--id.html.twig
  3. html.html.twig

See the html.html.twig API documentation.

Page template

Pattern: page--[front|internal/path].html.twig
Base template: page.html.twig (base location: core/modules/system/templates/page.html.twig)

The suggestions are numerous. The front page takes precedence. The rest is based on the internal path of the current page. The front page can be set at "Administration > Configuration > System > Site information." ( The front page template is page--front.html.twig.
Do not confuse the internal path with path aliases, which are not accounted for.

The list of suggested template files is in order of specificity based on internal paths. One suggestion is made for every element of the current path, though numeric elements are not carried to subsequent suggestions. For example, "" would result in the following suggestions:

  1. page--node--edit.html.twig
  2. page--node--1.html.twig
  3. page--node.html.twig
  4. page.html.twig
  5. page--path.html.twig (if your page path is {""})

See the page.html.twig API documentation. Also see below for the maintenance page template.


Pattern: region--[region].html.twig
Base template: region.html.twig (base location: core/modules/system/templates/region.html.twig)

The region template is used when a page region has content, either from the Block system or a function like hook_page_build(). Possible region names are determined by the theme's .info.yml file.

See the region.html.twig API documentation.


Pattern: block--[module|-delta].html.twig
Base template: block.html.twig (base location: core/modules/block/templates/block.html.twig)

  1. block--module-delta.html.twig
  2. block--module.html.twig
  3. block.html.twig

"module" being the name of the module and "delta", the internal id assigned to the block by the module.

For example, "block--block--1.html.twig" would be used for the first user-submitted block added from the block administration screen since it was created by the block module with the id of 1. Region-specific block templates are not available in Drupal 8.

If you had a block created by a custom module called "custom" and a delta of "my-block", the theme hook suggestion would be called "block--custom--my-block.html.twig."

Also one more example with Views, if you have a block created by views with a view name "front_news" and display id "block_1" then the theme hook suggestion would be: block--views-block--front-news-block-1.html.twig (notice, when you have underscores in a display id or in a view name - you have to transform them in to a single dash)

Be aware that module names are case sensitive in this context. For instance if your module is called 'MyModule', the most general theme hook suggestion for this module would be "block--MyModule.html.twig."

See the block.html.twig API documentation.


Pattern: node--[type|nodeid]--[viewmode].html.twig
Base template: node.html.twig (base location: core/modules/node/templates/node.html.twig)

Theme hook suggestions are made based on these factors, listed from the most specific template to the least. Drupal will use the most specific template it finds:

  1. node--nodeid--viewmode.html.twig
  2. node--nodeid.html.twig
  3. node--type--viewmode.html.twig
  4. node--type.html.twig
  5. node--viewmode.html.twig
  6. node.html.twig

Note that underscores in a content type's machine name are replaced by hyphens.

See the node.html.twig API documentation.

Taxonomy terms

Pattern: taxonomy-term--[vocabulary-machine-name|tid].html.twig
Base template: taxonomy-term.html.twig (base location: core/modules/taxonomy/templates/taxonomy-term.html.twig)

Theme hook suggestions are made based on these factors, listed from the most specific template to the least. Drupal will use the most specific template it finds:

  1. taxonomy-term--tid.html.twig
  2. taxonomy-term--vocabulary-machine-name.html.twig
  3. taxonomy-term.html.twig

Note that underscores in a vocabulary's machine name are replaced by hyphens.

See the taxonomy-term.html.twig API documentation.


Pattern: field--[type|name[--content-type]|content-type].html.twig
Base template: field.html.twig (base location: core/modules/system/templates/field.html.twig)

Theme hook suggestions are made based on these factors, listed from the most specific template to the least. Drupal will use the most specific template it finds:

  1. field--node--field-name--content-type.html.twig
  2. field--node--content-type.html.twig
  3. field--node--field-name.html.twig
  4. field--field-type.html.twig
  5. field.html.twig

Note that underscores in a Field's machine name are replaced by hyphens. Also remember to include "field-" in custom field names, e.g: field--field-phone.html.twig.

See the field.html.twig API documentation.


Pattern: comment--node-[type].html.twig
Base template: comment.html.twig (base location: core/modules/comment/template/comment.html.twig)

Support was added to create comment--node-type.html.twig files, to format comments of a certain node type differently than other comments in the site. For example, a comment made on an article-type node would be "comment--node-article.html.twig".

See the comment.html.twig API documentation.

Comment wrappers

Pattern: comment-wrapper--node-[type].html.twig
Base template: comment-wrapper.html.twig

Similar to the above but for the wrapper template.


Pattern: forums--[[container|topic]--forumID].html.twig
Base template: forums.html.twig (base location: core/modules/forum/templates/forums.html.twig)

Theme hook suggestions are made based on these factors, listed from the most specific template to the least. Drupal will use the most specific template it finds:

For forum containers:

  1. forums--containers--forumID.html.twig
  2. forums--forumID.html.twig
  3. forums--containers.html.twig
  4. forums.html.twig

For forum topics:

  1. forums--topics--forumID.html.twig
  2. forums--forumID.html.twig
  3. forums--topics.html.twig
  4. forums.html.twig

See the API documentation for forums.html.twig.

Maintenance page

Pattern: maintenance-page--[offline].html.twig
Base template: maintenance-page.html.twig (base location: core/modules/system/templates/maintenance-page.html.twig)

This applies when the database fails. Useful for presenting a friendlier page without error messages. Theming the maintenance page must be properly setup first.

See the maintenance-page.html.twig API documentation.

Please note that the maintenance-page--offline.html.twig file is currently not rendering when the database is unavailable. Issue being tracked: #2720109: "Theming" page--maintenance--offline - fatal errors.

Search result

Pattern: search-result--[searchType].html.twig
Base template: search-result.html.twig (base location: core/modules/search/templates/search-result.html.twig)

search-result.html.twig is the default wrapper for individual search results. Depending on type of search different suggestions are made. For example, "" would result in "search-result--node.html.twig" being used. Compare that with "" resulting in "search-result--user.html.twig". Modules can extend search types adding more suggestions of their type.

See the search-result.html.twig API documentation.