The get tag is used to output the value of the variable the name of which is supplied to it as its parameter.
For example -

<cms:set my_var='10' />
<cms:get 'my_var' />

In the snippet given above, 'my_var' is the name of the variable the value of which is output by the get tag.
The output of the snippet is '10'.

Compare the get tag with the show tag that takes a value (not the name) as its parameter.

In the snippet given above, if we substitute the get tag with the show tag -

<cms:set my_var='10' />
<cms:show 'my_var' />

- the output would be 'my_var' and not '10'.

The snippet has to be written in the following manner to make it show the value contained within variable my_var -

<cms:set my_var='10' />
<cms:show my_var />

Notice how the absence of the quotes in the parameter which signifies that it is a variable. This time the output is '10'.

Consider what would happen with the get tag if we forgot the quotes around the first parameter -

<cms:set my_var='10' />
<cms:get my_var />

The get tag will try and fetch the value of a variable named '10', which would be non-existent.

The get tag is useful in the cases where we have to fetch the values of variables the names of which are generated dynamically.


  • var
  • local_only


Name of the variable the value of which is to be output.


If this parameter is set to '1', get will search for the variable only in the local scope.


This tag is self-closing and does not set any variables of its own.