Jeff Jeff - 7 months ago 35
PHP Question

Magento: How to tell if you're on a category page, or product page in .phtml file(s)

I am trying to program into my .phtml files an if statement if the guest is on a category list page, or on a product page.

For example this code:

<?= Mage::app()->getFrontController()->getRequest()->getRouteName(); ?>

Returns "catalog" whenever l'm on a page other than a CMS page.

Is there a way l can use a similar method to know if the user is looking at a root category, sub category or an individual product page?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


It's been a while since I've dealt with frontend catalog pages, but give this a try.

Current versions of Magento register certain global variables (not PHP globals, but things global to the Magento system) on certain pages.

Calling the following

$category = Mage::registry('current_category');         
$product  = Mage::registry('current_product');
$product  = Mage::registry('product');

will either return null if the objects haven't been set (i.e. you're on a page without a category or a product), or return category and product objects.

If a product object is returned you're on a product page.

If no product object is returned but a category object is, you're on a category page. Category objects have a method to getting the parent id


A category without a parent id should be a top level category, categories with parent ids should be sub-categories.

That should give you what you need to identify where the current request is.