Adding simple popup to your theme using Drupal's core dialog API (Part 1)

Submitted by kentr on 10/27/2018, 22:32

Problem

Recently I needed to add a popup message to a preexisting custom Drupal 8 theme.  I wanted to use the core Dialog API for consistency, but the theme wasn't set up to use the library yet.

Solution

These are rough notes from the process.  They may need some tweaking to work for your case.

Add drupal.dialog dependency to the theme

If your theme doesn't already include the core/drupal.dialog library, you'll need to add it to the theme's libraries.yml file.

You may want to refine this to load only in certain situations, but for starters it can go in the global_styles section.

  dependencies:
    # Library is defined in `core/core.libraries.yml`.
    - core/drupal.dialog

Add the HTML

At this point, you can create a simple custom block with this HTML:

<div class="popup-simple" title="Popup Title" style="display:none">
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do 
eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut 
enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco 
laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute 
irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore 
eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non 
proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id 
est laborum.
</div>

Note that the modal title will be take from the title attribute by default.

Add the JavaScript

Create the file

Create a file in your theme directory at the path js/popup.js with the following contents.

/**
 * @file
 * Contains the definition of the behaviour jsPopupSimple.
 */

(function ($, Drupal) {

  'use strict';

  /**
   * Attaches the JS Popup Simple behavior.
   */
  Drupal.behaviors.jsPopupSimple = {
    attach: function (context, settings) {
      $(context).find('.popup-simple').once('popped').each(function (i, popupElement) {
        var myPopup = Drupal.dialog(popupElement);
        myPopup.showModal();
      });
    }
  };
})(jQuery, Drupal);

Include the javascript file in the theme

In the theme's libraries.yml file, add a line to the js section as so.

You may need to add the js section. You may want to refine this to load only in certain situations, but for starters it can go in the global_styles section.

  js:
    js/popup.js: {}

After you clear the caches and reload the page, you should see the popup.

Taking it further

You can also create a custom block type with a theme template, so that the markup is automatically structured for the JavaScript.  I'll demonstrate this in Part 2.

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