Is there a way to determine which blocks are attached to a handle and/or what child-blocks a block have?


To get all handles see Mage_Core_Model_Layout_Update::getHandles()

For example inside a controller you can use it for debugging purposes like:


Note: use it after loadLayout or loadLayoutUpdates call

To get all block children see Mage_Core_Block_Abstract::getChild() without parameters Note: the getChild() returns all child blocks as an object so used something like


and you get an array with child block alias names

and if you want to see more about a block use

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    And use $this->getLayout()->getUpdate->addHandle('handle') or ...addHandle(array('handle','other_handle')) to load a specific handle for dumping.
    – benmarks
    Jul 2 '13 at 18:52

Try the following free extension which is very handy in debugging:http://www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/magento-debug-8676.html

  • Very handy indeed!
    – ruuter
    Apr 18 '13 at 11:35

I think I might figured out the answer and it is pretty simple. Just search by handle or block name from all files in layout folder :)

  • Would be nice if someone could confirm this being conclusive.
    – ruuter
    Apr 18 '13 at 7:33
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    Searching in the layout files for a layout handle or reference tags for a block in question is likely to return all the blocks you are interested in, but it's worth noting that it won't take into account those blocks created 'on the fly' through a call to the createBlock() method on the layout object. Apr 18 '13 at 10:25
  • I knew there was something more :) Tnx! You should make it an answer.
    – ruuter
    Apr 18 '13 at 11:34

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