I want to load jQuery in admin panel. How can I do this programmatically without creating layout XML files in /app/design/adminhtml/default/default/layout/? Method with layout XML is described in this thread: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/12799838/how-to-load-a-js-file-on-magento-admin-dashboard

Is there any way to do this programmatically in my custom module? The module adds some new form fields which can be used on admin pages under System->Configuration. And there I need jQuery to be loaded.


In my module I have this custom field in which I need to use jQuery:

class Company_Helloworld_Block_Adminhtml_Mybutton extends Mage_Adminhtml_Block_System_Config_Form_Field
    protected function _getElementHtml(Varien_Data_Form_Element_Abstract $element)
        //...here add some custom button functionality

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You can access the layout programmatically via the getLayout method. Your block class would look something like this

class [Namespace]_[Module]_Block_[Blockname]
   public function _prepareLayout() 
      $head = $this->getLayout()->getBlock('head');

      return parent::_prepareLayout();

  • Thank you very much, but I'm not sure how to apply this to my module. I edited my question. I would appreciate if you could show my how to implement your sample to my code.
    – d3tr5845
    May 12, 2014 at 10:18
  • You can add the _prepareLayout method to that block class
    – Sander Mangel
    May 12, 2014 at 10:41

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