The development of Joomla! itself is carried out by the Development Working Group and third party developers. This page is a starting point for developers interested in the development of components, modules, plugins and templates.
The development of Joomla itself is carried out by Production Working Groups and third party developers. For more information about Joomla! core development, how to contribute to code to core, or becoming more involved with the core code, you should go to Joomla! Code Contributors.
There are several ways of setting up your workstation in for Joomla! development. Some suggestions can be found at Setting up your workstation for Joomla development.
Documentation on the Joomla! API can assist with becoming familiar with the foundations of the Joomla! code base.
Finally, Joomla! has many resources for developers. Our Joomla! Resources page get you pointed in the right direction if you need help and solutions.
There are many articles, tutorials, references and FAQs which focus on component development. If this is your first time developing a component for Joomla, you should start with the Absolute Basics of How a Component Functions. If needed, you can visualise the control flow of a component with these diagrams.
Next, you will want to read our MVC tutorial → Developing a Model-View-Controller Component
Once you have read the tutorial and/or tried the example component, you can focus more on the specifics of your component with additional articles. These are listed on the Component Development Portal or any of the supporting Portals for Development(Plugins, Modules or Templates).
The following articles will help familiarise you with Joomla! plugins. They are a good starting point to understanding and then developing plugins.
To understand how to install and use a plugin in Joomla it is recommended to read Administration of a Plugin in Joomla
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.
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.
Our template development documentation contains many articles, FAQs and tutorials. A first step to developing a template is understanding how templates are executed.
The development of Joomla developer documentation is carried out primarily by the Documentation Working Group. There is currently one sub-projects of interest to developers:
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