I have created a custom variable in magento. But I want to call a template file for this variable value.

For this I am using

{{block type="core/template" template="custom/my.phtml"}}

in Variable HTML Value field.

But when adding this variable in any email template like {{customVar code=my_var}} then print

{{block type="core/template" template="custom/my.phtml"}}

as it is.

How to add a template file in custom variable HTML value?

3 Answers 3


you can add your phtml file in email template simple add the like this and add your coding in template.phtml.

{{block type='core/template' area='frontend' template='my/template.phml'}}
  • Thank you, it is working in my case but without area='frontend'. Jul 14, 2016 at 12:25

You can't. Custom variables are designed to be used the other way around: you can output the value of a custom variable in your templates. They are not parsed in any way.

If you want to output a template file in another template, you could do two things:

  1. Add it in your layout xml as a child block, give it an alias (let's say 'demoblock') and then output it in your original template as <?php echo $this->getChildHtml('demoblock'); ?>
  2. Dynamically create a block and display it's output: <?php echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock('core/template')->setTemplate('theme/my.phtml')->toHtml(); ?>
  • I want to add voucher code with customer new account email, for this I have created a custom variable, but need to add some php code, so I wants to add template file. Jul 14, 2016 at 11:34
  • In that case, you can better add a widget or whitelist a block (in System » Permissions » Blocks) and use it in your email like {{block type="core/template" template="my/template.phtml"}} Jul 14, 2016 at 12:22

You can do that through layout in your email template.

Step 1: add this {{layout handle="customer_email_template_custom"}} in your email template.

Step 2: Add handle in your theme local.xml.

        <block type="core/template" name="my.custom" template="my/template.phml"/>

then you can add your php code in that phtml file.

I have refer order_new email template.


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