Is there a way to add dynamic parameter options to a widget?

For example, I know the tutorial here tells you you can set up parameters like this in your widget.xml file:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<some_unique_widget_name type="block_group/block_path" translate="name description" module="modulename">
    <name>Widget name</name>
    <description>Short widget description</description>
        <first_option translate="label">
            <!-- General option properties -->

            <!-- Defines if the option is allowed to be empty -->
            ... etc ...

But in my situation, I'd like the parameters to vary based on database values.

Is this possible? Or is there another solution? Or am I looking at this the wrong way entirely?

Thank you.

2 Answers 2


In hindsight, I didn't ask my question very well because I didn't know what I was really looking for. Hopefully this helps someone.

Ultimately, I went for a setup like this:

        <report_id type="complex" translate="label">          
                    <button translate="open">                 
                        <open>Select Report...</open>         

The key to this is the helper_block section, which dynamically loads all my reports from the database. I used the CMS Static Block as a template for creating my own widget settings. You can find a tutorial on how to do that here.


Im not 100% sure if this will work, but this question is pretty similar to this question i answered in the past. Basically you are trying to do the same. Again, this is not tested but calling a helper in an XML is possible in another case, and inside the helper you can call any model or whatever you need to.

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