I created an extension for Magento on Magento 2 1.0.0 beta. Now I'm trying to get this extension working for Magento 2 RC, but I can't figure it out. What I have is a very simple extension that creates a block show I can show all my categories in the sidebar (regardless of what category I'm viewing). The extension did work perfect on Magento 1.0.0 beta, but now gives this error: Invalid block type: \SL\Sidebar\Block\Sidebar. The extension is installed correctly. This is the code of my block:

namespace SL\Sidebar\Block;

use Magento\Framework\View\Element\Template;

class Sidebar extends Template {

     * @var \Magento\Catalog\Helper\Category
    protected $_categoryHelper;

     * @var \Magento\Framework\Registry
    protected $_coreRegistry;

     * @var \Magento\Catalog\Model\Indexer\Category\Flat\State
    protected $categoryFlatConfig;

     * @param Template\Context                                   $context
     * @param \Magento\Catalog\Helper\Category                   $categoryHelper
     * @param \Magento\Framework\Registry                        $registry
     * @param \Magento\Catalog\Model\Indexer\Category\Flat\State $categoryFlatState
    public function __construct(
        \Magento\Framework\View\Element\Template\Context $context,
        \Magento\Catalog\Helper\Category $categoryHelper,
        \Magento\Framework\Registry $registry,
        \Magento\Catalog\Model\Indexer\Category\Flat\State $categoryFlatState,
        $data = []
    ) {
        $this->_categoryHelper = $categoryHelper;
        $this->_coreRegistry = $registry;
        $this->categoryFlatConfig = $categoryFlatState;

        parent::__construct($context, $data);

     * Get all categories
     * @return array|\Magento\Catalog\Model\Resource\Category\Collection|\Magento\Framework\Data\Tree\Node\Collection
    public function getCategories()
        return $this->_categoryHelper->getStoreCategories();

Then in my theme I load the block like this:

<block class="SL\Sidebar\Block\Sidebar" name="category-sidebar" template="Magento_Theme::html/sidebar.phtml" />



The extension did work perfect on Magento 1.0.0 beta. Does anyone know the problem here?

  • Do you add register.php to module? – KAndy Nov 11 '15 at 17:54
  • Yes I did, the module is recognized and enabled. – Silvan Nov 11 '15 at 20:47

I had the same issue with my setup.

When Magento 2 is installed with the composer installer, the autoloader could not find the class.

To solve this, you have to add the following line in the psr-4 section of your root composer.json file.

"SL\\": "app/code/SL/"

Then run composer install and the class will be found

  • 1
    This was the solution to my problem! Awesome, thanks. Instead of composer install (I did not need to fetch the latest packages) I did a composer dump-autoload -o. – Silvan Nov 13 '15 at 13:10

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