Is it possible to change a block type in layout XML?
I know how to change template using
setTemplate method, but I am trying to change a block's type. Is this possible?
Changing the block type means changing the block class, so no, but...
... you can just overwrite the block:
layout.xmlis processed after the block is created, e.g. with
The problem is, that this overwrites the block and does not change the type. This means everything which is done on this block between the creation and your change is lost.
For example for changing the
<layout version="0.1.0"> <catalog_category_default translate="label"> <reference name="left"> <block type="myModule/navigation" name="catalog.leftnav" after="currency" template="myModule/catalog/navigation/left.phtml"/> </reference> </catalog_category_default> </layout>
You can't change it in the layout-files afaik. You can, however, extend and override them in your config-files.
<config> <global> <blocks> <catalog> <rewrite><product_view>My_Custom_Block_Product_View</product_view></rewrite> </catalog> </blocks> </global> </config>
Remember to extend the original block.
I was facing similar issue that I need to update a specific block for a specific layout.
What I end up doing and it seems to work is (in the layout file)
<controller_x_y> <reference name="block_name_reference"> <block type="mymodule/customblock" name="block_name_reference" /> </reference> </controller_x_y>
Hope this helps.