I have a page in Craft (2.x) that displays several links and I was able to find which twig file had those links by searching the code base of twigs. Those links point to some Angular code with links like this:


By trial and error, I discovered that the Angular code is invoked as part of a twig file in craft/templates/_views/ The original conundrum was there were two "give" files: give.twig and give-new.twig and I didn't know which one was the actual twig invoked. By trail and error again, I determined it was using the give-new.twig by changing the template. But for the life of me, I cannot figure out how THAT twig is being invoked. I scanned for "give-new" in the code, both craft and Angular and I searched in Settings, Routes and Web Content for any reference to it but I cannot figure out how a URL like /support/give maps to the give-new.twig file.

So the question is: How do I know which twig is invoked by a URL? I am pretty sure that there isn't any Angular code doing this, the Angular code bundle references are in the twig file, but how that twig is invoked is a mystery. Where do I start in finding the reference?

  • Check the config/routes.php file, see if it shows up in there.
    – Lindsey D
    Commented Aug 22, 2019 at 16:14
  • I checked the routes.php file and it has no entries except return array(); Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 15:22
  • Should have checked Routes in settings....I would have found it there. Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 19:59
  • Ah... you said "I searched in Settings, Routes", so I thought you had already checked that.
    – Lindsey D
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 20:02
  • Wow! True...so I am not sure why I didn't see it. Sorry. Should have walked through what I said I did a second time before I posted. Commented Aug 27, 2019 at 23:00

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You could use this variable to get the template name: {{ _self.getTemplateName() }}

Put it at the top of all your template files:

<!-- {{ _self.getTemplateName() }} -->

And then for every template called it should have the commented out template name.

In Craft 3, there's a nice plugin called "Template Comments" which is great for this... But I don't see a version for Craft 2.

  • Thanks. I know what the template name is, it's give-new.twig. The issue is, I can't tell HOW and WHERE that particular twig is invoked. IOW, why is give-new.twig invoked and not the give.twig invoked even though both are in the same folder. Or, said another way, if I decided to create give-brand-new.twig how would I get that twig to display? Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 15:27
  • Hmm. I see, i was thinking it'd give context, like looking in the code so see what it's wrapped in. like if you're reading down the compiled page source, you'd see ... <!-- parent file --> ... <!-- give-new file --> ... <!-- other embedded file --> etc. And then you'd be able to see what's wrapped around it, so you'd ave a better idea where to look.
    – SamC
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 18:55
  • Uh, additional thought. If it's not in your template code, maybe it's in your database - like there's a global or an entry field that that has "give-new" as text in it.
    – SamC
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 19:00
  • OK...I see what you are saying in your earlier comment. Not sure if help but I may try it. Just to see what would happen, I just deleted the twig to see what would show up in the logs. This is what I see: 2019/08/26 19:25:06 [error] [exception.Craft\HttpException.404] Craft\HttpException in craft\app\controllers\TemplatesController.php:72 Stack trace: #0 [internal function]: Craft\TemplatesController->actionRender('_views/give-new', Array) #1 craft\app\framework\web\actions\CAction.php(109): ReflectionMethod->invokeArgs(Object(Craft\TemplatesController), Array) Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 19:36
  • OK...I finally found it. In Routes! I had been looking in "Reroute" but it didn't occur to me that there would be another routing method. Thanks for all the help..you gave me a couple of new techniques I can use Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 19:56

The solution was in "Routes" in Settings. I had been looking in "Reroute" but seem to pass over the "Routes" entry...maybe because the names were similar. In Route there was and entry for support/give --> _views/give-new and that was the solution.

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