I'd like to call $this->getChildHtml('product_type_data') to get product's price outside view.phtml template file.

Currently I have echo $this->getChildHtml('product_type_data') and that outputs contents of 'catalog/product/view/type/default.phtml'.

I need to move it to a file in a custom module(cache hole punch) so that it gets called separately. So in this file I've done:

$block = Mage::app()->getLayout()->createBlock('customerprices/catalog_product_view', $this->getId());
$out = $block->getChildHtml('product_type_data');

But in this case $out contains an empty string. Do I need to set something on this block so that it will return price html? If so how? I have a current $_product object if that's needed.

I would appreciate any suggestions.

Using Mage::getBlockSingleton(...)

when I use this code:

$thatx = Mage::getBlockSingleton('catalog/product_view');   
$cnamex = get_class($thatx);
echo 'cname: '.$cnamex;

$cnamex does not contain class name(empty string/variable). I consequence I can't run any methods on it.

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If you need only product price block to be rendered you can use like this:


See getPriceHtml() method of Mage_Catalog_Block_Product_Abstract which is parent class of Mage_Catalog_Block_Product_View

Second Way

Extend your block customerprices/catalog_product_view from Mage_Catalog_Block_Product_Abstract and use it:

class MyCompany_Customerprices_Catalog_Product_View extends Mage_Catalog_Block_Product_Abstract{



$block = Mage::app()->getLayout()->createBlock('customerprices/catalog_product_view', $this->getId());
  • Hi mageUz. Thank you for the reply. I would be really great to use this method to get product object but unfortunately object doesn't load. I run it from module's file(caching injector).
    – Alan
    Jan 15, 2015 at 12:23
  • @Alan see another solution on the answer
    – mageUz
    Jan 15, 2015 at 13:10

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