I am trying to figure out how to display the current cart count in a span outside of the mini cart. I have tried to add data-bind="html: getCartParam('subtotal') into the span but I get an error:

Uncaught ReferenceError: Unable to process binding "html: function (){return getCartParam('subtotal') }" Message: getCartParam is not defined

I am able to add this:

<?php echo $this->helper('\Magento\Checkout\Helper\Cart')->getItemsCount(); ?>

which will give me the cart count but it will break as soon as full page cache is enabled. Is there anyway to accomplish what I want?


$counter = $this->helper('\Magento\Checkout\Helper\Cart');

<div class="customerInformation">
    <span class="customer-icon contact-phone-icon" aria-hidden="true"></span>Call Now <a href="tel:<?php echo $block->getPhoneNumber(); ?>"><?php echo $block->getPhoneNumber(); ?></a>
    <a href="/checkout/cart"><span class="lang-icon bag-icon"></span>&nbsp;Bag <span class="badge"><?php echo $counter->getItemsCount(); ?></span></a>



  • please add your full code of phtml file Feb 25, 2017 at 5:42
  • @RakeshJesadiya added the content of the file Feb 25, 2017 at 5:44
  • please add file path of your custom code. Feb 25, 2017 at 5:50
  • @RakeshJesadiya added the file path Feb 25, 2017 at 5:55

2 Answers 2


You can make your block non-cacheable by adding cacheable="false" attribute to it in the layout xml:

<block name="cart.count" class="Magento\Framework\View\Element\Template" template="Vendor_Module::cartcount.phtml" cacheable="false"/>

I tested it by using the cart helper with FPC on and it appears to do what you want.


Apparently using cacheable="false" disables caching for the whole page.

A better way to do it is to get the item count from javascript localStorage. Here's a quick and easy way to do it:

<span data-bind="text: JSON.parse(window.localStorage.getItem('mage-cache-storage')).cart.summary_count"></span>
  • Who knew it would be so easy! Feb 25, 2017 at 6:43
  • using cacheable="false" slow down the entire page load speed time. Feb 25, 2017 at 7:03
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    I recommend you to use the customer-data javascript layer in order to retrieve local-storage information for backward compatibility. Which is already implemented in the minicart.js with the getCartParam('summary_count') function. Because Magento may change the name of the localStorage key and you may want to refresh the localStorage data from Ajax call with customerData.reload function. Mar 13, 2017 at 15:53

Use this knockout code to get the cart count

<!-- ko if: getCartParam('summary_count') -->
    <!-- ko text: getCartParam('summary_count') --><!-- /ko -->
<!-- /ko -->

apply proper bindings and do add minicart.js otherwise the function getCartParam() will not be available.

Refer : vendor/magento/module-checkout/view/frontend/templates/cart/minicart.phtml

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