I want to remove a block on specific CMS pages and categories that can be accessed via the admin - rather than trying to figure out handles that will cover all of the pages I want to modify.

I want to remove the sidebar block on the page, however it will only accept the <referenceContainer>... not <referenceBlock name="sidebar" remove="true"/>

Any ideas? I'm sure I have done this before.


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Strangely, I encountered the same challenge this week. I assume that this reported issue matches your problem: https://github.com/magento/magento2/issues/2247

This is my solution and it is terrible, but it does the trick. Create a new container, move your block(s) into that container, remove the new container.

<container name="bin" htmlTag="div" />
<move element="block.to.remove" destination="bin" />
<referenceContainer name="bin" remove="true" />

I would definitely like to see this issue fixed - I believe it to be a bug though the M2 devs seem to have dismissed it ('works as intended').

  • That is absolutely brilliant. XML doesn't exactly put you in a creative mood for problem solving. Thank you. Jun 10, 2016 at 9:29
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    No problem. Happy it was useful!
    – chicgeek
    Jun 10, 2016 at 14:20

The correct way to do it is probably something along these lines...

<container name="body">
    <referenceBlock name="catalog.leftnav" remove="true" />
  • As per the issue linked to in my example, this does not work.
    – chicgeek
    Feb 14, 2017 at 10:41
  • it was not working for me on 2.1.x, but is working now on 2.2.2, just clear the cache after editing Mar 9, 2018 at 11:30
  • it does not work in Magento2.2.4 Aug 17, 2018 at 4:18
  • This worked in Magento 2.3.0. I removed the RSS link for a specific category.
    – Garry
    Dec 28, 2018 at 16:34
  • This should be the accepted answer as of 2.3.x. Jul 9, 2019 at 19:48

It will accept the referenceBlock if you wrap it in a <body> tag. You also may need to use display="false" instead of remove="true". Try this:

  <referenceBlock name="sidebar" remove="true"/>

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