I'm attempting to output the wishlist block as an ajax request. I've attempted to do it in the controller using

$block = $resultPage->getLayout()

But as the block contains several child blocks and I didn't have any success in using the setChild method programmatically.

I've since created a layout file that returns the block by itself. The problem is that output contains html, head, body tags, css and javascript.

I want to return only the block and nothing else. How can I achieve that?

  • I suspect you will need to create a new page layout, or use empty and remove after.body.start and page.wrapper.
    – Ben Crook
    Oct 11, 2016 at 12:12
  • I don't think it's that I used the template hints and only have two other blocks - require js and container which are above the wishlist block. In the html source code the block I want sits between the body tag. I want to get rid of everything else - html, body, head tags and all the css/javascript inside. I could parse the output through domdocument - but that seems hacky.
    – Oliver
    Oct 11, 2016 at 12:46
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    Hmm <html> and <body> are added via root.phtml. Setting that page to use a new empty template (only including the code you require) instead of root.phtml may work? You can see this template being set in vendor/magento/magento2-base/app/etc/di.xml line 563 (for me at least). The root template can be seen in vendor/magento/module-theme/view/base/templates/root.phtml. I don't have the time to actually try it and provide a full answer sorry, if no one answer by the time I do I will give it a try and reply with a full answer.
    – Ben Crook
    Oct 11, 2016 at 13:36
  • In the block customer/Wishlist.php in the function _toHtml() if I replace "return parent::_toHtml()" with "die(parent::_toHtml());" I get the content I need using an unmodified layout in wishlist_index_index.xml. I may investigate going down that route.
    – Oliver
    Oct 11, 2016 at 13:49
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    You can read my answer here: magento.stackexchange.com/questions/121731/…
    – hiperboreo
    Nov 17, 2016 at 2:29

1 Answer 1


I went about it differently, but got the result I was after, with very little modification.

I access the contents of the wishlist block using a modified url http://domain.com/wishlist/index/index/ajax/1

I've appended the 'ajax/1' to the normal wishlist request

In my module I overwrote the block \Magento\Wishlist\Block\Customer\Wishlist and modified the function _toHtml as follows:

protected function _toHtml()
    if ($this->currentCustomer->getCustomerId()) {
        if ($this->getRequest()->getParam('ajax')) {
        else return parent::_toHtml();
    } else {
        return '';

I also had to add the template file View.phtml to my module, which works nicely as I am able to modify that to get the desired output for my ajax call.

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