I want to use the features of default_head_blocks.xml in a custom block that will not be rendered for output, but saved in a file.

As far as I understand it, the HTML head is now rendered completely based on layout XML, it's not a block class anymore. But is there a sensible way to reuse <head> rendering without rendering a complete page?

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What I found out:

  • the head is rendered in the root template vendor/magento/module-theme/view/base/templates/root.phtml

    <head <?php /* @escapeNotVerified */ echo $headAttributes ?>>
        <?php /* @escapeNotVerified */ echo $requireJs ?>
        <?php /* @escapeNotVerified */ echo $headContent ?>
        <?php /* @escapeNotVerified */ echo $headAdditional ?>

    To use it separated from <body> we need to create our own root template with only this part.

  • The variables are assigned in \Magento\Framework\View\Result\Page::render() which also renders the root template into a given Response object and inserts the rendered layout into the <body> element.

        'requireJs' => $requireJs ? $requireJs->toHtml() : null,
        'headContent' => $this->pageConfigRenderer->renderHeadContent(),
        'headAdditional' => $addBlock ? $addBlock->toHtml() : null,
        'htmlAttributes' => $this->pageConfigRenderer->renderElementAttributes($config::ELEMENT_TYPE_HTML),
        'headAttributes' => $this->pageConfigRenderer->renderElementAttributes($config::ELEMENT_TYPE_HEAD),
        'bodyAttributes' => $this->pageConfigRenderer->renderElementAttributes($config::ELEMENT_TYPE_BODY),
        'loaderIcon' => $this->getViewFileUrl('images/loader-2.gif'),

    If we don't want the complete layout and a response, we have to do the same on our own. Using PageConfigRenderer should not be a problem.

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