In Magento 1 we have the possibility the add a block in a root block so it will not be displayed because root is not a core/text_list block type (structural block), it doesn't render automatically the content block without calling it in phtml like : getChildHtml(), getBlockHtml(). So we need to call it in phtml to render it.



   <reference name="root">
      <block type="core/template" name="block.name" template="page/html/file1.phtml"/>

Here we need to call that block to render it like this:

<?php echo $this->getBlockHtml('block.name'); ?>

But in Magento 2 the root container render automatically the root block why ?

I need like Magento 1, declare my block in xml, this xml doesn't render it, and it's me who must call it where i want.

I don't know if there is an equivalent of root in Magento 2


<referenceContainer name="root">
    <block class="Magento\Framework\View\Element\Template" name="block.name" template="Magento_Theme::page/html/file1.phtml" />

1 Answer 1


You can pass your block without <referenceContainer> in your layout file (i.e catalog_product_view, checkout_cart_index) under <body> tag then you can call in your .phtml file with echo $block->getBlockHtml('some.name');

  • So without a container, the block is displayed in root right ? And do you know if it is possible to declare a layout handle in default.xml like M1, in local.xml we declare a layout handle then we include our block that it will be displayed in that layout handle, it's really useful I don't know why they removed it in M2 !
    – PЯINCƎ
    Apr 16, 2018 at 8:07
  • If you want to put some block on all page(i.e footer link, top link) then you can put in default.xml @Prince
    – Keyur Shah
    Apr 16, 2018 at 8:28
  • Yes I know this but in Magento 2 we are obliged to add each block in each layout handle xml, we can't put all changes in one xml like local.xml in Magento1
    – PЯINCƎ
    Apr 16, 2018 at 8:49

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