Magento: Paging in Custom Collection

Hello friends,

In last week I had a requirement to add paging facility in our custom module’s collection. Normally, magento provides paging in products collection. But this time, it is something different.

To satisfy that requirement, I had searched the web and found the best solution which I want to discuss here.

So now follow the under given steps:

Note: Here my module is Indies_Custom, so you have to change the class names according to your module.

Step 1: Controller (IndexController.php) file

In index controller simply load the layout and render it.

class Indies_Custom_IndexController extends Mage_Core_Controller_Front_Action
    public function indexAction()

Step 2: Layout (custom.xml) file

Put the under given code in the layout file of module.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<layout version="0.1.0">
       <reference name="content">
           <block type="custom/collection" name="collection" template="custom/collection.phtml" />

Step 3: Block (Collection.php) file

Here we will create a ‘custom/collection’ block for the pager to set our collection in it.

class Indies_Custom_Block_Collection extends Mage_Core_Block_Template
    public function __construct()
        $collection = Mage::getModel('custom/collection')->getCollection();

    protected function _prepareLayout()

        $pager = $this->getLayout()->createBlock('page/html_pager', 'custom.pager');
        $this->setChild('pager', $pager);
        return $this;

    public function getPagerHtml()
        return $this->getChildHtml('pager');

Step 4: Template (collection.phtml) file

At last, put the under given code in the template file of module.

Note: You can change the designing structure of this file according to your requirement.

<?php echo $this->getMessagesBlock()->getGroupedHtml() ?>
<?php $collection = $this->getCollection(); ?>
    <h1><?php echo $this->__('My Custom Collection') ?></h1>
<?php echo $this->getPagerHtml(); ?>
<?php if($collection->getSize()): ?>
<table id="my-custom-table">
    <col width="1" />
    <col width="1" />
    <col />
    <col width="1" />
    <col width="1" />
    <col width="1" />
            <th><?php echo $this->__('ID #') ?></th>
            <th><?php echo $this->__('Title') ?></th>
            <th><span><?php echo $this->__('Created') ?></span></th>
        <?php $_odd = ''; ?>
        <?php foreach ($collection as $_obj): ?>
                <td><?php echo $_obj->getCollectionId() ?></td>
                <td><span><?php echo $_obj->getTitle(); ?></span></td>
                <td><?php echo $this->formatDate($_obj->getCreatedTime()) ?></td>
        <?php endforeach; ?>
<script type="text/javascript">decorateTable('my-custom-table');</script>
<?php echo $this->getPagerHtml(); ?>
<?php else: ?>
    <p><?php echo $this->__('The collection is empty.'); ?></p>
<?php endif ?>

That’s it. Now you can see the paging in your custom collection page.

Hope this will help you.


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