I'm trying to add the Google Maps Javascript API to my Magento module.

The problem I'm having is that the core/text block that I am including, that contains the external Javascript inclusion tag, only ever appears after all of the addJs actions.

This means the script I have in pvtl_stores.js that targets the google object doesn't work as the google object hasn't been initialized yet.

Here is my local.xml file:

    <reference name="head">

        <block type="core/text" name="google.maps" before="root">
            <action method="setText">
                <text><![CDATA[<script src="//maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js"></script>]]></text>

        <action method="addItem">


Is there a way to have the core/text block load before the addJs actions?

By the way, if it isn't obvious by the question, I'm new to Magento programming!


I had the same problem. My solution (I inspired here - how to rewrite head.phtml in magento

rewrite <head> in config.xml


create file Head.php in your Namespace\Modulename\Blocks\Html directory with similiar content

class NameSpace_Modulename_Block_Html_Head extends Mage_Page_Block_Html_Head
    protected function _construct()

   public function getCssJsHtmlBefore() {
    return '<script type="text/javascript" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/api/js?sensor=true"></script>';


and create file head.phtml in app/design/frontend/default/template/modulename/html/ directory

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="<?php echo $this->getContentType() ?>" />
<title><?php echo $this->getTitle() ?></title>
<meta name="description" content="<?php echo htmlspecialchars($this->getDescription()) ?>" />
<meta name="keywords" content="<?php echo htmlspecialchars($this->getKeywords()) ?>" />
<meta name="robots" content="<?php echo htmlspecialchars($this->getRobots()) ?>" />
<link rel="icon" href="<?php echo $this->getFaviconFile(); ?>" type="image/x-icon" />
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="<?php echo $this->getFaviconFile(); ?>" type="image/x-icon" />
<!--[if lt IE 7]>
<script type="text/javascript">
    var BLANK_URL = '<?php echo $this->helper('core/js')->getJsUrl('blank.html') ?>';
    var BLANK_IMG = '<?php echo $this->helper('core/js')->getJsUrl('spacer.gif') ?>';
<!-- --------------calls function getCssJsHtmlBefore that completes external scripts before local scripts-->
<?php echo $this->getCssJsHtmlBefore() ?>
<!-- --------------the rest is the same as app/design/frontend/base/default/template/page/html/head.phtml-->
<?php echo $this->getCssJsHtml() ?>
<?php echo $this->getChildHtml() ?>
<?php echo $this->helper('core/js')->getTranslatorScript() ?>
<?php echo $this->getIncludes() ?>

(replace Namespace and Modulename/modulename with your values)

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