I'm currently experimenting with Knockout JS templates within Magento 2 and all is going well but I do have one thought.

It seems that you can only call <!-- ko template: getTemplate() --><!-- /ko --> once per component as there is no option to create a second template and I can't see any components where Magento are using multiple templates.

Example code:

My Template - app/design/frontend/Ben/blankClone/Magento_Cms/templates/knockout.phtml

<script type="text/x-magento-init">
    "*": {
        "Magento_Ui/js/core/app": {
            "components": {
                "example-scope": {
                    "component": "Magento_Cms/js/knockout-example",
                    "exampleMessage": "<?= __('Hello Magento Stack Exchange!') ?>"

<div data-bind="scope: 'example-scope'">
    <h2 data-bind="text: message"></h2>
    <!-- ko template: getTemplate() --><!-- /ko -->

My JS - It's a rough experiment ;) - app/design/frontend/Ben/blankClone/Magento_Cms/web/js/knockout-example.js

define(['ko', 'jquery', 'uiComponent'], function(ko, $, Component) {
    'use strict';

    function getRandomInt(min, max) {
        return Math.floor(Math.random() * (max - min + 1)) + min;

    var messageCollection = ['Hello', 'Hi', 'Yo!', 'Sup?'];

    return Component.extend({
        defaults: {
            exampleMessage: 'This is the default title for my KO example',
            template: 'Magento_Cms/test'

        initialize: function() {

         * @return {exports.initObservable}
         * This is the same as var example = ko.observable('Example text');
        initObservable: function () {
                    message: this.exampleMessage,
                    messageChanged: false,
                    updateTitle: false

            return this;

        updateTitle: function() {
            var numberOfMessages = messageCollection.length;
            var chosenMessageIndex = getRandomInt(0, (numberOfMessages - 1));
            var chosenMessage = messageCollection[chosenMessageIndex];


        resetTitle: function() {

        addYourOwnTitle: function() {


My HTML templates


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So my question is: Is it possible to call a second template? and if so, how?

My thinking is you are limited to only one template per component to force you to write smaller components.

The only lead I have on this is the following markup, but I can't see how to get this working within Magento.

<div data-bind="template: { name: 'person-template'}"></div>

1 Answer 1


Yes, you should be able to use as many template bindings as you want. You could do this with a string identifier for the template URN

<!-- ko template: "Package_Namespace/template-name" --><!-- /ko -->

or a property on your view model that contains a template string.

<!-- ko template: someProp --><!-- /ko -->

You can also use the above with a <script type="text/html" named template, as per the Knockout docs

If you're unfamiliar with how Knockout template URNs or text/html named templates work in Magento, I cover it OK in my Magento 2: KnockoutJS Integration article. I've also got a comprehensive series on UI Components and their underlying uiElement objects if you want to go really deep.

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