Getting full image URL of product in template

I'm trying to create a static block for showing dynamic products. This is code that is supposed to get every child category and print the image for each product in each category.

    $objectManager = \Magento\Framework\App\ObjectManager::getInstance();
    $category = $objectManager->get('Magento\Framework\Registry')->registry('current_category');
    foreach ($category->getChildrenCategories() as $child_category) {
                foreach ($child_category->getProductCollection() as $product) {
                    ?><li><img src="<?php echo $product->getImage();?>"/><li><?php

It is almost working except for the img srcs are only "/a/b/ab001.jpg" as an example and not the full path e.g. "/pub/media/catalog/product/cache/1/small_image/240x300/abc123def456/a/b/001.jpg" so the images cannot be found. What is the correct way of getting product images?


If you need to resize the product image and use the default Magento image cache system and you are not in the frontend area, you can use this workaround.

Use case : It may be useful if you need image URLs resized on your custom API for an external application.

Function code :

 * @var \Magento\Catalog\Model\ProductFactory
protected $productFactory;

 * @var \Magento\Catalog\Helper\ImageFactory
protected $helperFactory;

 * @var \Magento\Store\Model\App\Emulation
protected $appEmulation;

 * Constructor.
 * @param \Magento\Catalog\Model\ProductFactory $productFactory
 * @param \Magento\Store\Model\App\Emulation $appEmulation
 * @param \Magento\Catalog\Helper\ImageFactory $helperFactory
 * @param \Magento\Store\Model\StoreManagerInterface $storeManager
public function __construct(
    \Magento\Catalog\Model\ProductFactory $productFactory,
    \Magento\Store\Model\App\Emulation $appEmulation,
    \Magento\Catalog\Helper\ImageFactory $helperFactory,
    \Magento\Store\Model\StoreManagerInterface $storeManager,
) {
    $this->productFactory                   = $productFactory;
    $this->imageBuilder                     = $imageBuilder;
    $this->helperFactory                    = $helperFactory;
    $this->appEmulation                     = $appEmulation;
    $this->storeManager                     = $storeManager;

 * Retrieve product image
 * @param \Magento\Catalog\Model\Product $product
 * @param string $imageId
 * @param array $attributes
 * @return \Magento\Catalog\Block\Product\Image
public function getImage($product, $imageId, $attributes = [])
    $image = $this->helperFactory->create()->init($product, $imageId)
        ->resize(200, 300);

    return $image;

public function customFunction()
    // some stuff here

    $storeId = $this->storeManager->getStore()->getId();

    $this->appEmulation->startEnvironmentEmulation($storeId, \Magento\Framework\App\Area::AREA_FRONTEND, true);

    $product = $this->productFactory->create()->loadByAttribute('sku', 'productSKU');
    $imageUrl = $this->getImage($product, 'product_base_image')->getUrl();

    echo $imageUrl;


    // some stuff here

The output example :


Comments :

The third parameter of the function startEnvironmentEmulation is used to force the use of frontend area if you are already on the same storeId. (usefull for API area)

This workaround avoid you to have this kind of errors :

Uncaught Magento\Framework\View\Asset\File\NotFoundException: Unable to resolve the source file for 'adminhtml/_view/en_US/Magento_Catalog/images/product/placeh‌​older/.jpg'

If your block extends Magento\Catalog\Block\Product\AbstractProduct, you can use:

$imageType = 'category_page_list'; // choose which image
$image = $block->getImage($product, $imageType);

Then either get the image URL with


or if you want to output it as <img> element:

echo $image->toHtml();

If your block does not / cannot extend the abstract product block, you can create a getImage() method on your own:

public function getImage($product, $imageId)
    return $this->imageBuilder->setProduct($product)

$this->imageBuilder has to be injected as Magento\Catalog\Block\Product\ImageBuilder

The $imageType or $imageId variables should be one of the image types defined in the theme, for example category_page_list.

See app/design/frontend/Magento/luma/etc/view.xml for all image types in the Luma theme, for example.

In Magento 2 these image types are used instead of defining width and height directly in the template.

Try it

$store = $objectManager->get('Magento\Store\Model\StoreManagerInterface')->getStore();
$imageUrl = $store->getBaseUrl(\Magento\Framework\UrlInterface::URL_TYPE_MEDIA) . 'catalog/product' . $product->getImage();

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