I am trying to add the captcha core/text_list block to the wishlist_index_share handle in the wishlist.xml layout file but the block is not displayed.

Here is my code:

<wishlist_index_share translate="label">
   <label>Customer My Account Wishlist Sharing Form</label>
   <!-- Mage_Wishlist -->
   <update handle="customer_account" />
   <reference name="my.account.wrapper">
      <block type="wishlist/customer_sharing" name="wishlist.sharing" template="wishlist/sharing.phtml"/>
      <block type="core/text_list" name="form.additional.info">
         <block type="captcha/captcha" name="captcha">
            <reference name="head">
               <action method="addJs"><file>mage/captcha.js</file></action>
            <action method="setFormId"><formId>user_create</formId></action>
            <action method="setImgWidth"><width>230</width></action>
            <action method="setImgHeight"><width>50</width></action>
   <reference name="right">
      <action method="unsetChild">

I also added to Mage/captcha/etc config.xml to the frontend areas the following so the form would show up in the System -> configuration -> customer configuration -> captcha section form list:

   <label>Share Wishlist</label>

Also in the same file, in customer -> captcha:


In the wishlist.phtml file I call the captcha block with the following line:

<?php echo $this->getChildHtml('form.additional.info'); ?>

Any ideas of what I need to add to the layout file? Thank you so much

1 Answer 1


CAPTCHA support has been added to the wishlist share since and the SUPEE-10975 patch that were both released on 28-11-2018.

When I compare the above changes to the changes introduced in the new version of Magento, I see three differences:

  1. The changes to Mage_Captcha_Model_Zend::isRequired are missing, which make sure the CAPTCHA is always shown for the wishlist share and sendfriend form.

  2. the CAPTCHA block (form.additional.info) is added as a child of my.account.wrapper, not as a child of wishlist.sharing.

  3. Backend validation is missing, which is done via an observer on the controller_action_predispatch_wishlist_index_send event.

Hope this helps.

  • Thank you so much for answering, I changed the code similar to your comments. I can't share it here bc I have limited characters. I added this: <controller_action_predispatch_wishlist_index_send> with the method: checkShareWishlist to Mage/Captcha/etc/config.xml Then added the <wishlist_index_share> with the captcha code inside to local.xml Then added the following method to the observer: public function checkShareWishlist($observer) { } Captcha not displayed on form with email and message but when wishlist shared, the incorrect captcha in the form is displayed. SOS please Dec 12, 2018 at 22:40
  • Also, I placed the Observer.php file, that I updated to have the form I need the captcha in, in app/code/local/Mage/Captcha/Model/Observer.php. Should I place it in local/Captcha/Model/Observer.php ??? Thank you so much! Dec 13, 2018 at 14:46
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    I'm afraid I can't really help you much further with the above issues as I haven't use the old Mage_Captcha module myself in years. However, why don't you install the SUPEE-10975 patch? This update that adds all of the above changes (and addresses other security issues). I also suggest to use a module that adds a more user friendly CAPTCHA than Zend_Captcha. I have achieved good results using the ProxiBlue_ReCaptcha module; this module extends the Mage_Captcha module, and allows for integrating Google reCAPTCHA v2, including Invisible reCAPTCHA. Dec 13, 2018 at 20:41
  • Thank you so much for your time! I will take a look at the patch and also to the new captcha. Thank you so much again. Dec 17, 2018 at 18:04
  • Aad! I learned a bit more about the handles, I fixed the wishlist_index_share reference name in my local.xml file, also added the Observer.php code to validate the captcha, I am using the correct form name which is the one you use in your module config.xml file (default/captcha/frontend/areas/wishlist_captcha/label). Also I made sure that the handle was loaded by using: Zend_Debug::dump($this->getLayout()->getUpdate()->getHandles()); I still do not see the captcha on the form. Any ideas why? I am using magento Thanks! Mar 5, 2019 at 18:36

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