Retrieving Plugin, Module, Component and Template Parameters

Since the release of Joomla 1.5, developers can enable users to configure extensions using parameters. While the possibility of being able to do this is great, it is often a chore to keep track of the code needed to access one of these parameters. Therefor, in this blog I will present an overview of the code needed to access all the different parameters.

Plugin parameters from inside a plugin

$param = $this->params->get('paramName', 'defaultValue');

Plugin parameters from outside a plugin

$plugin = &JPluginHelper::getPlugin('exampleType', 'example');
$pluginParams = new JParameter($plugin->params);
$param = $pluginParams->get('paramName', 'defaultValue');

Module parameters from inside a module

$param = $params->get('paramName', 'defaultValue');

Module parameters from outside a module

$module = &JModuleHelper::getModule('example');
$moduleParams = new JParameter($module->params);
$param = $moduleParams->get('paramName', 'defaultValue');

Component parameters from inside a component

$componentParams = &JComponentHelper::getParams('com_example');
$param = $componentParams->get('paramName', 'defaultValue');

Component parameters from outside a component

$componentParams = &JComponentHelper::getParams('com_example');
$param = $componentParams->get('paramName', 'defaultValue');

Template parameters from inside a template

$param = $this->params->get('paramName');

Template parameters from outside a template

$mainframe = &JFactory::getApplication();
$params = $mainframe->getParams(JFile::read(JURI::root() .'/templates/template_name/params.ini'));
$param = $params->get('paramName', 'defaultValue');

Template parameters from an included file outside the Joomla framework

// Get params.ini relative to the current file location (use your own relative path here)
$paramsFile = dirname(__FILE__) . '/../../params.ini';

// Only continue if the file exists
if(file_exists($paramsFile)) {
    // Get contents from params.ini file
    $iniString = file_get_contents($paramsFile);

    // Escape double quotes in values and then double-quote all values (because Joomla doesn't do that for us..)
    $iniQuoted = preg_replace('/=(.*)\\n/', "=\"$1\"\n", addcslashes($iniString, '"'));

    // Parse the ini string to an associative array
    $iniParsed = parse_ini_string($iniQuoted);
} else {
    $iniParsed = '';

// Set params to obtained values or empty array
$params = (!empty($iniParsed)) ? $iniParsed : array();

// Get param value from array
$param = $params['paramName'];

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