I am using a Scriban template in Sitecore 9.3 with SXA and am attempting to render a link field. While the sc_link function reliably generates the URL, I cannot seem to find a way to access any other attributes of the Link Details such as Description, Alternate Text, Style class, Query string etc.

While I can use the sc_field function to pass in attributes to be rendered and it will render the values included in the Link Details fields, I cannot append to these values, just over-ride them (and only for the link's attributes).

Using these values from the link selector in Sitecore:

  • Description: Click Here
  • Target: New Browser
  • Alternate text: Alt Title
  • Style class: my-class
  • Query string: testing

With this code:

sc_field i_item 'CardLink' [['aria-label', (i_item.CardLink.Title.raw)], ['class', 'btn btn-orange'], ['role', 'button']]

Results in this markup:

<a href="/Company?testing" aria-label="Company" title="Alt Title" role="button" class="btn btn-orange" target="_blank">Click Here</a>

Good but there's no way for me to set the aria-label to the Alternate text value or include a Font Awesome icon inside the <a> tag.

Outputting the markup directly in the template solves the icon issue, but doesn't seem to give me access to the Link Details fields.

This code:

<a href="{{ sc_link i_item.CardLink.target }}" class="btn btn-orange" aria-label="{{ i_item.CardLink.Title.raw }}" role="button">
            <li>Description: {{i_item.CardLink.Description}}</li>
            <li>Title: {{i_item.CardLink.Title}}</li>
            <li>Text: {{i_item.CardLink.Text}}</li>
            <li>Class: {{i_item.CardLink.Class}}</li>
            <li>Target: {{i_item.CardLink.Target}}</li>
            <li>URL: {{i_item.CardLink.Url}}</li>
<i class="far fa-angle-double-right"></i></a>

Results in this markup:

<a href="/Company" class="btn btn-orange" aria-label="Company" role="button">
            <li>Description: </li>
            <li>Title: Company</li>
            <li>Text: </li>
            <li>Class: </li>
            <li>Target: /sitecore/content/[Tennant]/[Site]/Home/Company</li>
            <li>URL: /Company</li>
<i class="far fa-angle-double-right"></i></a>

Proper URL and easily able to include the icon markup, but no access to the Link Details values.

Is there something I am missing?


2 Answers 2


The reason why you cannot access those properties is because they are not know in the Scriban context provided by the SXA extensions. If you have i_item.CardLink in your Scriban template, that will match a Field object. This object has some properties (eg Target), but not the properties from a LinkField. And those are the ones you are requesting.

There is a solution, but is it not ootb.. and actually there are 2 solutions. Both require custom coding.

Solution 1: using functions

You could create a custom function in Scriban for each property you need. Creating custom function is rather easy: https://ggullentops.blogspot.com/2019/11/custom-sxa-scriban-extensions.html

It's a quick solution, as the development is easy and you will have quick results. In the easiest form, you might write a function for each property you need but I think there is way to do it passing the required property as a parameter as well (you can pass parameters and you can call properties in C#..).

Solution2: using a custom object

Second solution is a bit harder - as you seem to be missing an object for the LinkField you can write that yourself. Adding an object to the Scriban context requires a bit more code: https://ggullentops.blogspot.com/2020/03/extending-sitecore-scriban-user-object.html.

Benefit of this solution though is that you give access to all the required properties of the LinkField in a proper way. You will still need one function that gets you the LinkField item though (as the ootb Scriban extensions will give you a Field).

  • After posting this and reviewing the post referenced here, this seems fair. An object mapping to the LinkField makes the most sense. Thanks for the quick answer!
    – Sirius_B
    Commented Apr 15, 2020 at 15:13

Try using an extension. See https://gist.github.com/auzick/c2e127ed4c6aef0f019eedc0ab738d2b.

using Scriban.Runtime;
using Sitecore.Data.Fields;
using Sitecore.Data.Items;
using Sitecore.XA.Foundation.Abstractions;
using Sitecore.XA.Foundation.Scriban.Pipelines.GenerateScribanContext;
using System;

namespace Example.ScribanExtensions.Pipelines
    public class LinkExtensions : IGenerateScribanContextProcessor
        protected readonly IPageMode PageMode;
        private readonly IContext context;
        private delegate LinkInfo LinkInfoDelegate(Item item, object linkFieldName);

        public LinkExtensions(IPageMode pageMode, IContext context)
            PageMode = pageMode;
            this.context = context;

        public void Process(GenerateScribanContextPipelineArgs args)
            var linkInfo = new LinkInfoDelegate(GetLinkInfo);
            args.GlobalScriptObject.Import("sc_link_info", (Delegate)linkInfo);

        public LinkInfo GetLinkInfo(Item item, object field)
            if (item == null
                || String.IsNullOrWhiteSpace((string)field)
                || item.Fields[(string)field] == null
                return null;

            LinkField lnkField = (LinkField)item.Fields[(string)field];
            if (lnkField == null)
                return null;

            return new LinkInfo(lnkField);

    public class LinkInfo
        public string url { get; set; }
        public string text { get; set; }
        public string title { get; set; }
        public string anchor { get; set; }
        public string target { get; set; }

        public LinkInfo() { }

        public LinkInfo(LinkField item)
            url = item.GetFriendlyUrl();
            text = item.Text;
            title = item.Title;
            anchor = item.Anchor;
            target = item.Target;


You wire this up in config like this:

<configuration xmlns:patch="http://www.sitecore.net/xmlconfig/" xmlns:set="http://www.sitecore.net/xmlconfig/set/" xmlns:role="http://www.sitecore.net/xmlconfig/role/">
                <processor type = "Example.ScribanExtensions.Pipelines.LinkExtensions, Example.ScribanExtensions" resolve="true" />

Then, access the link properties like this:

{{- linkInfo = (sc_link_info i_item 'link') -}}
    <li> URL: {{ linkInfo.url}}</li>
    <li> Text: {{ linkInfo.text}}</li>
    <li> Title: {{ linkInfo.title}}</li>
    <li> Anchor: {{ linkInfo.anchor}}</li>
    <li> Target: {{ linkInfo.target}}</li>
  • I tried this approach and it works fine but I noticed that the Link field is no longer editable in Sitecore Experience Editor. Is there a way it can be fixed
    – Renuka
    Commented Aug 6, 2021 at 18:06

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