I have Following widget and its working in cms page but now I want it to display in phtml file

{{widget type="Magento\Catalog\Block\Widget\RecentlyViewed" uiComponent="widget_recently_viewed" page_size="10" show_attributes="name,image,price,learn_more" show_buttons="add_to_cart,add_to_compare,add_to_wishlist" template="product/widget/viewed/grid.phtml" type_name="Recently Viewed Products"}}

4 Answers 4


Try with below way.

$recViewBlock = $this->getLayout()->createBlock(\Magento\Catalog\Block\Widget\RecentlyViewed::class);
$recViewBlock->setTitle("Recently Viewed Products");

echo $recViewBlock->toHtml();

Note : Above code is not tested you have to check. For more detail click here

I hope it helps!

  • thanks for your answer but is shows error Commented Mar 20, 2019 at 12:49

phtml file :-

<?php echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock("Magento\Catalog\Block\Widget\RecentlyViewed")->setDisplayType("widget_recently_viewed")->setProductsCount("5")->setTemplate("product/widget/viewed/grid.phtml")->toHtml(); ?>
  • hi @Rathod, This is not working in 2.3.5 Commented Feb 24, 2021 at 13:47

Try this :

echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock("Magento\Catalog\Block\Widget\RecentlyViewed")->setDisplayType("your_display_type")->toHtml();

If you only have such type of string

$widget = '{{widget type="Magento\Cms\Block\Widget\Block" template="widget/static_block/default.phtml" block_id="100"}}';

you can show widget content without createBlock etc.

You need to add \Magento\Widget\Model\Template\Filter to your block or create it via Object Manager in phtml.

$objectManager = \Magento\Framework\App\ObjectManager::getInstance();
/** @var $filter \Magento\Widget\Model\Template\Filter */
$filter = $objectManager>create(\Magento\Widget\Model\Template\Filter::class);

Than you can show your widget like this

<?= html_entity_decode($filter->filter($widget)) ?>

Works even if $widget contains other html tags, they will also be shown.

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