I am playing around with the Mini Cart content from outside of Magento.

This section of code uses $this:

<?php foreach($cartItems as $_item): ?>
    <?php echo $this->getItemHtml($_item) ?>
<?php endforeach; ?>

get_class($this) tells me that it is using Mage_Checkout_Block_Cart_Sidebar

How can I access this?

For example I know you can replace $this with Mage::helper('checkout/cart'), is there an equivalent for Mage_Checkout_Block_Cart_Sidebar?

2 Answers 2


but this may not work in this case because item rendering requires a set of renderers attached to the main block.

  • Genius. Thank you!
    – Lee
    Sep 5, 2016 at 11:13

Though its not god way But you can use outside you can create object via below code and you can use it.

$class = Mage::app()->getLayout()->createBlock('checkout/cart_sidebar');
  • you should never instantiate classes using new. Specially blocks. Blocks need to have a layout instance associated to them.
    – Marius
    Sep 5, 2016 at 11:07
  • Ok I will update My answer Sep 5, 2016 at 11:10

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