Sending variables to the layout in Zend Framework

The layout is a view, so the method for assigning variables is the same. In your example, if you were to echo $this->whatever in your layout, you should see the same output.

One common problem is how to assign variables that you use on every page to your layout, as you wouldn’t want to have to duplicate the code in every controller action. One solution to this is to create a plugin that assigns this data before the layout is rendered. E.g.:


class My_Layout_Plugin extends Zend_Controller_Plugin_Abstract
   public function preDispatch(Zend_Controller_Request_Abstract $request)
      $layout = Zend_Layout::getMvcInstance();
      $view = $layout->getView();


then register this plugin with the front controller, e.g.

Zend_Controller_Front::getInstance()->registerPlugin(new My_Layout_Plugin());

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