I have an external webpage and I'm trying to pull the site header block from the Magento framework to use as a header in this external page. This is what I have so far:

// initialize Magento
$rootPath = dirname(dirname(__FILE__));
$mageInc = $rootPath . "/app/Mage.php";
include_once $mageInc;


$headerBlock = Mage::app()->getLayout()->createBlock('page/html_header');
//also tried
//$headerBlock = Mage::app()->getLayout()->createBlock('page/html_header', 'header');

Execution stops there, however, and I get no error messages. My goal is to pull block Mage_Page_Block_Html_Header, which I think I can use to load <block type="page/html_header" name="header" as="header"> and all its contents from the page.xml layout file. That XML tag is wrapped inside

<default translate="label" module="page">
  <block type="page/html" name="root" output="toHtml" template="page/1column.phtml">

tags, so maybe I need to specify that somehow? I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong and where to go from here.

  • this code works but i have a problem with the logout button, some one have te same issue? Regards Aug 26, 2016 at 15:36

2 Answers 2


I found the secret ingredient.. and it is Mage::app()->loadArea('frontend');

include_once "app/Mage.php";

$layout = Mage::getSingleton('core/layout');

//load default xml layout handle and generate blocks

//get the loaded head and header blocks and output
$headBlock = $layout->getBlock('head');
$headerBlock = $layout->getBlock('header');
echo $headBlock->toHtml() . $headerBlock->toHtml();

Thanks @benmarks!


You're 99% there. You need to call toHtml() on the block, and then echo it out to see the result:

// initialize Magento
$rootPath = dirname(dirname(__FILE__));
$mageInc = $rootPath . "/app/Mage.php";
include_once $mageInc;


echo $headerBlock = Mage::app()->getLayout()->createBlock('page/html_header')->toHtml();
  • Yes, I have tried that and nothing. This is the answer though, I tried it on a new install and it works. Thanks. May 24, 2013 at 3:24
  • I got this code working, however it doesn't give me near anything that the site header has. The site header has several logos, menus, and links. This gives me a one of the many images in the header. Perhaps I'm not loading it correctly? May 30, 2013 at 22:35

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