What Are Render Elements? for Drupal 8, Drupal 9

Last updated March 4, 2021

One of the central components of Drupal's Render API is render elements. You can think of them as prepackaged render arrays or shortcuts you can use to describe common things, like tables, links, and form elements, in a consistent way. In this tutorial we'll take a more in-depth look at the use of the #type property in render arrays in order to answer questions like:

  • What are render elements, and what is their use case?
  • Where can I find more information about available element types?

By the end of this tutorial you should be able to identify individual render element types within a larger render array, find the relevant documentation for specific types of render elements, and explain the use case for render elements.