I am trying to move the layered navigation to somewhere specific on the page.

Here is the layout XML at Magento_LayeredNavigation/page_layout/1column.xml:

<layout xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:View/Layout/etc/page_layout.xsd">
    <move element="catalog.leftnav" destination="content" after="-"/>

And this works fine, it moves the layered navigation into the content area. However I want to move the layered navigation into here (category.products):

<referenceContainer name="content">
            <block class="Magento\Catalog\Block\Category\View" name="category.products" template="Magento_Catalog::category/products.phtml">

Changing the layout XML at Magento_LayeredNavigation/page_layout/1column.xml to this doesn't work:

<layout xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:View/Layout/etc/page_layout.xsd">
    <move element="catalog.leftnav" destination="category.products" after="-"/>

Can anyone tell me the correct way to move an element inside an existing element?

  • Please accept an answer if it has worked for you.
    – Max
    Feb 16, 2017 at 9:27

3 Answers 3


You can move things very simple by using XML.

In your theme or plugin file, respective cms_index_index.xml for cms homepage for example, just use this one-liner:

    <move element="register-link" destination="header.links" before="contact-link" />

You can use before="-" or after="-" to place the element before or after the destination. Both are not mandatory for move in order to work.


First of all, I suggest you this tool for easy customize the layout and template: https://github.com/vpietri/magento2-developer-quickdevbar

By using this tool, we can find the layout handle quickly, with priority. enter image description here

Follow the image above, product_filter_toolbar is the strongest. So we will put your XML to that file: product_filter_toolbar.xml (May be different from your case). We should update the layout base on the layout handle, do not update on 1column.xml as yours.

<layout xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:View/Layout/etc/page_layout.xsd">
        <move element="catalog.leftnav" destination="category.products" after="-"/>

Please follow below step to change position of layered navigation:

1) Override magento2\vendor\magento\module-layered-navigation\view\frontend\layout\catalog_category_view_type_layered.xml add below code after sidebar.main referenceContainer.

<referenceContainer name="category.products">
     <block class="Magento\LayeredNavigation\Block\Navigation\Category" name="catalog.leftnavs" as="catalog_leftnav" before="-" template="layer/view.phtml">
        <block class="Magento\LayeredNavigation\Block\Navigation\State" name="catalog.navigation.states" as="state" />
        <block class="Magento\LayeredNavigation\Block\Navigation\FilterRenderer" name="catalog.navigation.renderers" as="renderer" template="layer/filter.phtml"/>

2) magento2\vendor\magento\module-layered-navigation\view\frontend\page_layout\1column.xml add category.products instead of content.top

3) override magento2\vendor\magento\module-catalog\Block\Category\View.php and add below code

public function getCatalogLeftNavHtml()
    return $this->getChildHtml('catalog_leftnav');

4) last override magento2\vendor\magento\module-catalog\view\frontend\templates\category\products.phtml add below code

<?php echo $block->getCatalogLeftNavHtml(); ?>

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