I am trying to trigger a mail to customer after they place an order. This email will carry all the cross sell products of the products ordered.

I used the following links as reference:

send email using event observer

Advanced Transactional Email Templates

All is working well.

But now my doubt is, will I be able to use foreach loop inside the html file put inside the locale directory?

So that I could iterate and print all the product info in the mail template. Can anyone help?

2 Answers 2


I think that it is not possible to directly perform a foreach loop in emails, but what you could do is include a block that will do the loop in a regular template.

In you email add something like the following.

{{block type='core/template' area='frontend' template='email/template.phtml' items=$items}}

Then in your template add the following.

<?php foreach ($this->getItems() as $_item): ?>
    <p><?php echo $_item['name'] ?></p>
<?php endforeach; ?>

For more information I followed this blog

  • Ya I am actually was trying this. will accept this in 2 mins
    – Shathish
    Sep 27, 2013 at 6:27
  • Do we have to add this block inside email template? And will it understand items=$items? As $items is php variable.
    – AkshayT
    Aug 21, 2015 at 12:10
  • Hi, I tried above not working for me. Any suggestions
    – AkshayT
    Aug 23, 2015 at 19:21

Actually you can use a for loop in emails. I've tested it on 2.3.3 version. This is the code location to inspect. This is how it looks like in the template:

  {{for item in data.items}}
     <li>Name: {{var item.name}}</li>

The transport information:

 'items' => [
              ['name' => 'Product1'],
              ['name' => 'Product2']

Aside. In 2.3.4 the code was refactored, but I believe it still should work as it was not removed. Please remember that Magento removed the ability to call functions on objects as of this version, so your order->getItems() function may not work.

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