Last updated July 26, 2017

It's often useful to pass dynamically calculated values from the server to the client in order to make them available to your front-end JavaScript. Your JavaScript might need to know something particular about the user currently visiting the site or the value of a particular configuration variable. In this tutorial, we'll look at how Drupal can pass these values from the PHP code that executes during a page load to the front-end JavaScript in your theme.

In order to do this, we'll need to:

  • Explain how drupalSettings bridges the gap between PHP and JavaScript
  • Generate values for settings in PHP and make them available to JavaScript
  • Make use of PHP generated settings within your JavaScript code