Originally I was trying to copy over all of the xml from vendor/magento/module-catalog/view/frontend/layout/catalog_category_view.xml into my own xml file. This route was not working.

So I have now changed to where I am extending my controller from \Magento\Catalog\Controller\Category\View.

namespace My\Custom\Controller\ProductGrid;

use Magento\Framework\App\Action\Context;
use Magento\Catalog\Model\Design;
use Magento\Catalog\Model\Session;
use Magento\Framework\Registry;
use Magento\Store\Model\StoreManagerInterface;
use Magento\CatalogUrlRewrite\Model\CategoryUrlPathGenerator;
use Magento\Framework\View\Result\PageFactory;
use Magento\Framework\Controller\Result\ForwardFactory;
use Magento\Catalog\Api\CategoryRepositoryInterface;
use Magento\Catalog\Model\Layer\Resolver;

 * Class HeaderA
 * @package My\Custom\Controller\Header
class ProductGridA extends \Magento\Catalog\Controller\Category\View
     * @return \Magento\Framework\App\ResponseInterface|\Magento\Framework\Controller\ResultInterface|\Magento\Framework\View\Result\Page
    public function execute()
        return parent::execute();

And then inside my xml file I have

<?xml version="1.0"?>

<page xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:View/Layout/etc/page_configuration.xsd">
    <update handle="catalog_category_view"/>


My page is loading, but the content is coming out blank. I believe I need to set a category to be pulled up somehow but I can not figure out the best way to do this.

1 Answer 1


Controller of your module has to extend Magento\Catalog\Controller\Category\View

Also, instead of copypasting layout file use handle update and use references to change parameters of blocks.

  • Ah okay, so what would I make the handle update be in this case? catalog_category_view?
    – Metropolis
    Jan 17, 2018 at 16:06
  • I think I got it close, but I am getting a 404 error on the view now.
    – Metropolis
    Jan 17, 2018 at 17:03
  • @Metropolis do you have frontend router set up?
    – czs
    Jan 18, 2018 at 11:53
  • Yes, its working fine, until I change the controller parent. I basically just created a blank class that is extending from \Magento\Catalog\Controller\Category\View. I basically want it to reuse the constructor and the execute function from the parent I would assume. So I think that may be why I am getting the 404. I may need to do something more inside the execute function of the child.
    – Metropolis
    Jan 18, 2018 at 18:43
  • @Metropolis that's propably the case since execute method of Category View controller is checking request for parameter and checks if it points to correct category - if not then it redirects to 404.
    – czs
    Jan 19, 2018 at 14:52

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