In magento1 we use this reference to add block after body tag.

<reference name="after_body_start">

same also use in magento 1

 <reference name="before_body_end"></reference>

what is replacement of this code in magento 2?

2 Answers 2


You can check inside page_layout/empty.xml file inside module-theme/base folder.

<container name="after.body.start" as="after.body.start" before="-" label="Page Top"/>

<container name="before.body.end" as="before_body_end" after="-" label="Page Bottom"/>

You can check reference from vendor/magento/module-catalog/view/frontend/layout/default.xml here also:

<referenceContainer name="after.body.start">
    <block class="Magento\Framework\View\Element\Js\Components" name="head.components" as="components" template="Magento_Catalog::js/components.phtml"/>

So in Magento 2 , you can use referenceContainer node to define same as in Magento 1. Thanks.


Refer working example, you can place it default.xml or specific layout file in your module.

<referenceContainer name="content">
<block class="Vendorname\Modulename\Block\Manufacturer\Grid" name="manufacturer_grid" template="templates\test.phtml"  before="before.body.end">

If you want to add before or after you can create reference container as posted.

before= "before.body.end"
after = "before.body.end"

Here is an excellent answer from Raphael

Hope this helps ....:)

  • @Qaisar Satti , I added this in my module ( Vendorname\Modulename\view\frontend\layout\default.xml ), it is working fine. you can not find the string name="before_body_end" anymore in Magento 2. check the file \vendor\magento\module-theme\view\adminhtml\page_layout\admin-1column.xml it is name="before.body.end" as="before_body_end" the name is used as an alias. we have to use reference container name as i mentioned to add phtml. May 27, 2016 at 9:53

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