< API16:JTable
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Method to bind an associative array or object to the JTable instance.This method only binds properties that are publicly accessible and optionally takes an array of properties to ignore when binding.

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bind($src, $ignore=array())
Parameter Name Default Value Description
$src An associative array or object to bind to the instance.
$ignore array() An optional array or space separated list of properties to ignore while binding.


boolean True on success.

Defined in



jimport( 'joomla.database.table' );

Source Body

public function bind($src, $ignore = array())
        // If the source value is not an array or object return false.
        if (!is_object($src) && !is_array($src)) {
                $this->setError(get_class($this).'::bind failed. Invalid source argument');
                return false;
        // If the source value is an object, get its accessible properties.
        if (is_object($src)) {
                $src = get_object_vars($src);
        // If the ignore value is a string, explode it over spaces.
        if (!is_array($ignore)) {
                $ignore = explode(' ', $ignore);
        // Bind the source value, excluding the ignored fields.
        foreach ($this->getProperties() as $k => $v) {
                // Only process fields not in the ignore array.
                if (!in_array($k, $ignore)) {
                        if (isset($src[$k])) {
                                $this->$k = $src[$k];
        return true;

[Edit See Also] SeeAlso:JTable/bind


<CodeExamplesForm /> In this example the class TableGreeting corresponds to a table called 'jos_greeting' in the Joomla database.

class TableGreeting extends JTable
   var $id       = null;
   var $greeting = null;
   var $language = null;
   var $_code    = null;
   function __construct( &$db )
	parent::__construct( '#__greeting', 'id', $db );

Now, in the model, create an array of fields/properties to be updated and bind it to the table object:

// Create the array of new/amended fields/properties.
$from = array( 'id'        => 6,
               'greeting'  => 'Nǐ hǎo',
               'language'  => 'Chinese',
               'continent' => 'Asia'
               '_code'     => 'ASC012'
// Specify which columns are to be ignored. This can be a string or an array.
$ignore = 'id';
// Get the table object from the model.
$table = $this->getTable( 'greeting' );
// Bind the array to the table object.
$table->bind( $from, $ignore );
// Show the result of the bind for illustration purposes only.
echo '<pre>';
print_r( $table );
echo '</pre>';

This would result in the following output:

TableGreeting Object
    [id] => 
    [greeting] => Nǐ hǎo
    [language] => Chinese
    [_code] =>

Notice that

  • the 'continent' array entry has not been bound to the table object, since 'continent' is not a property of the object.
  • the 'id' array entry has not been bound to the table object either, since 'id' was on the ignore list.
  • the '_code' array entry has not been bound to the table because it is a private property of the table object (its name begins with an underscore).