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JFactory provides a simple means of organising the main singleton objects required by the Joomla Framework.

Defined in



Method name Description
getApplication Get a application object
getConfig Get a configuration object
getSession Get a session object
getLanguage Get a language object
getDocument Get a document object
getUser Get an user object
getCache Get a cache object
getACL Get an authorization object
getDbo Get a database object
getMailer Get a mailer object
getFeedParser Get a parsed XML Feed Source
getXMLParser Get an XML document
getXML Reads a XML file.
getEditor Get an editor object
getURI Return a reference to the JURI object
getDate Return the JDate object
getStream Creates a new stream object with appropriate prefix


jimport( 'joomla.factory' );


Code Examples

Create a fresh user


I handle this code as if it is a snippet of a method or function!!

First set up some variables/objects
// get the ACL
$acl =& JFactory::getACL();

/* get the com_user params */

jimport('joomla.application.component.helper'); // include libraries/application/component/helper.php
$usersParams = &JComponentHelper::getParams( 'com_users' ); // load the Params

// "generate" a new JUser Object
$user = JFactory::getUser(0); // it's important to set the "0" otherwise your admin user information will be loaded

$data = array(); // array for all user settings

// get the default usertype
$usertype = $usersParams->get( 'new_usertype' );
if (!$usertype) {
    $usertype = 'Registered';

// set up the "main" user information

$data['name'] = $firstname.' '.$lastname; // add first- and lastname
$data['username'] = $username; // add username
$data['email'] = $email; // add email
$data['gid'] = $acl->get_group_id( '', $usertype, 'ARO' );  // generate the gid from the usertype

/* no need to add the usertype, it will be generated automaticaly from the gid */

$data['password'] = $password; // set the password
$data['password2'] = $password; // confirm the password
$data['sendEmail'] = 1; // should the user receive system mails?

/* Now we can decide, if the user will need an activation */

$useractivation = $usersParams->get( 'useractivation' ); // in this example, we load the config-setting
if ($useractivation == 1) { // yeah we want an activation

    jimport('joomla.user.helper'); // include libraries/user/helper.php
    $data['block'] = 1; // block the User
    $data['activation'] =JUtility::getHash( JUserHelper::genRandomPassword() ); // set activation hash (don't forget to send an activation email)

else { // no we need no activation

    $data['block'] = 0; // don't block the user


if (!$user->bind($data)) { // now bind the data to the JUser Object, if it not works....

    JError::raiseWarning('', JText::_( $user->getError())); // ...raise an Warning
    return false; // if you're in a method/function return false


if (!$user->save()) { // if the user is NOT saved...

    JError::raiseWarning('', JText::_( $user->getError())); // ...raise an Warning
    return false; // if you're in a method/function return false


return $user; // else return the new JUser object

This example was originally contributed by User:Bembelimen

Chris Davenport 15:44, 17 April 2011 (CDT) Edit comment