I use these lines to get the data of a product in the catalog,

// Get product data.
$_helper = $this->helper('catalog/output');
$_product_id = Mage::registry('product')->getId();
$_product = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->load($_product_id);

What about if I want to get the data of a category in the catalog?

$_helper    = $this->helper('catalog/output');
$_category  = $this->getCurrentCategory();
echo Mage::getModel('catalog/category')->load($_category->getId())->getThumbnail();

I get this error,

Fatal error: Call to a member function getId() on a non-object in ...\default\template\page\html\banner-category.phtml on line 4

I tried with these as well but the same error,

$_helper = $this->helper('catalog/output');
$_category_id = Mage::registry('category')->getId();
echo Mage::getModel('catalog/category')->load($_category_id)->getThumbnail();

Any ideas?

1 Answer 1


Try with this:

$_category = Mage::registry('current_category');
if ($_category) { //you are on the category page
    echo $_category->getThumbnail();
else {
    //you are not in a category page
  • In my case: Fatal error: Call to a member function getThumbnail() on null in...
    – TonkBerlin
    Jul 27, 2018 at 21:50
  • Are you using the same code as above? If $_category is null then how did it get passed the 'if' condition?
    – Marius
    Jul 28, 2018 at 6:32

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