In this post I’m going to explain a nifty (and simple) little trick for accessing Magento functionality from an external PHP script. This is something I use all the time when developing Magento sites, and hopefully you will find it useful too!

So, what can you use this for?

There are plenty of applications for this, here are some of the common tasks I use it for…

  • A quick way to test models and collections when developing a site
  • Writing simple scripts for creating a large number of categories, cms pages, static blocks etc… Strictly speaking, the correct way to do this is with a module install script however sometimes a shortcut is more appropriate
  • Manually triggering a cron task or event observer in a module in order to test it
  • Displaying Magento content in another platform or website

Great! How do you do it?

It’s surprisingly easy, just 3 neat little lines…

The example above assumes the script is placed in the root of your Magento install. If you’re including this elsewhere you will have to update ‘app/Mage.php’ with the correct path to that file.

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By Steve

25 / 11 / 2016


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