In Magento 1 I could get the current page layout handle like this

$handle = Mage::app()->getFrontController()->getAction()->getFullActionName();

This would return for example for a product page catalog_product_view or cms_index_index for homepage.

How can I do the same thing in Magento 2?

I need to get a page handle from within an observer. What should I inject in the constructor in order to be able to access it?

3 Answers 3


I believe you will need to inject

\Magento\Framework\App\Request\Http into the constructor and then do:

$handle = $this->_request->getFullActionName();

Tested this in Magento\Catalog\Model\Observer - addCatalogToTopmenuItems() as below and it did the trick:

public function __construct(
    \Magento\Framework\App\Request\Http $request
) {
    $this->_request = $request;

public function addCatalogToTopmenuItems(\Magento\Framework\Event\Observer $observer)
    $handle = $this->_request->getFullActionName();

This is one of the first times i'm playing with Magento2 may be completely the wrong way to do this!

  • 1
    Thanks. Works nicely. I found that I can also inject an instance of \Magento\Framework\View\Context and call $context->getFullActionName(), but I guess your method is cleaner. \Magento\Framework\View\Context has a lot of other objects injected and I may not need them.
    – Marius
    Jan 11, 2015 at 13:19

You can have access in any $block by calling $block->getLayout()->getUpdate()->getHandles().

If you prefer, you can create a new module and inject this block in the end of content. For example:

use Vendor\Module\Block\Handles;

/** @var Handles $block */
<p>All Handles</p>
<pre><?php var_dump($block->getLayout()->getUpdate()->getHandles());?></pre>

<p>Full Action Name</p>
<pre><?php echo $block->getRequest()->getFullActionName();?></pre>
<!-- app/code/Vendor/Module/view/frontend/layout/default.xml -->
<page xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:View/Layout/etc/page_configuration.xsd">
        <referenceContainer name="content">
                <block class="Magento\Framework\View\Element\Template" name="handler_debugger"  template="Vendor_Module::handle.phtml"/>

This would also print the layout handles at the end of any frontend page.

  • This will give you all the layout handles applied on the current page. The questionwas about that specific handle determined by the page's module controller and action
    – Marius
    Apr 29, 2021 at 5:15
  • You're right @Marius. I just edited my answer. Apr 29, 2021 at 21:43

You have to just add below line for Template view file and Block file to get current action name of page.

This is nice working with any template file and block file,

echo $this->getRequest()->getFullActionName();

Output will gives current action name of page.

For product page, catalog_product_view , for category page catalog_category_view

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