Pass a variable to a .phtml block

Here’s a simple snippet to pass a PHP variable from a controller ( or whatever magento file ) to a block, using the createBlock() method.

When you call a block:

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<?php

$this->getLayout()->createBlock('module/template')
->setData('key', 'value')
->setTemplate('mediarepository/latest.phtml')->toHtml();

with the setData() method you’ll be able to acces your variable with:

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<?php

$this->key;
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