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<translate> A plugin is a kind of Joomla! extension. Plugins provide functions which are associated with trigger events. Joomla provides a set of core plugin events, but any extension can fire (custom) events. When a particular event occurs, all plugin functions of the type associated with the event are executed in sequence. This is a powerful way of extending the functionality of the Joomla! Platform. It also offers extension developers a way to allow other extensions to respond to their actions, making extensions extensible.

The Joomla! plugin architecture follows the Observer design pattern. The JPlugin class provides the means to register custom plugin code with core or custom events. The JDispatcher class (JEventDispatcher in Joomla 3.x) is an event handler which calls all plugins registered for a particular event, when that event is triggered.

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Joomla! plugins enable you to execute code in response to certain events, either Joomla! core events or custom events that are triggered from your own code. This is a powerful way of extending the basic Joomla! functionality. To see where plugins fit in with the overall Joomla! architecture, look at Framework overview.

The Joomla! plugin architecture follows the Observer design pattern. The JPlugin class is derived from JObserver and provides the means to register custom plugin code with core or custom events. The JEventDispatcher class, derived from JObservable, is an event handler which calls all plugins registered for a particular event, when that event is triggered.

Prior to Joomla! 1.5 plugins were known as mambots. Mambots were able to change content only and were based on certain signal words. Since then their scope has been stretched and extended to such an extent that to enhance the meaning of the new functionality the developers decided to change the name from mambots to plugins. Joomla! 1.5 includes legacy support for Joomla! 1.0 mambots.

Useful reference: Gallery 2: Embedding: Event-Based Loose-Coupled Integration

Contents

Recommended Reading

Developers

Recommended Reading

The following articles will help familiarise you with Joomla! plugins. They are a good starting point to understanding and then developing plugins.

Beginner

To understand how to install and use a plugin in Joomla it is recommended to read Administration of a Plugin in Joomla

Intermediate

To understand plugins better it is advised that you create a basic plugin for Joomla!.

It is also advised to read on how to run a basic content plugin in a custom module or component you may have already developed it is recommended to read Triggering content plugins in your extension.

Advanced

To understand the principles on which the Plugin system works Plugin Developer Overview. To then implement this in a component you have designed it is recommended to read Supporting plugins in your component.

For more developer information, see Plugin Development.


Events

Joomla! ships with a variety of core events, organised into groups. These are described in the following topics.

Authentication

Captcha

Content

Editors

Extensions

Finder

Quick Icons

System

User