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JView is an abstract class which provides the basic functionality for Joomla's MVC design pattern. You need to write your own concrete View classes, to make full use of the functionality. Learn more

The Joomla MVC Design Pattern[edit]

Model-View-Controller (MVC) is a set of design patterns, that are used to separate the different layers of your application.

  • The View displays the data of the model by passing it to a template. The view object can therefore access the data of the model. Joomla implements the basic functionality in the abstract JView class.
  • The Model stores the data of the application, and contains the business logic. Joomla implements the basic functionality in the abstract JModel class.
  • The Controller handles the user requests and evokes the model and the views to change it's state. Joomla implements the basic functionality in the JController class.

Defined in[edit]



Method name Description
__construct Constructor
display Execute and display a template script.
assign Assigns variables to the view script via differing strategies.
assignRef Assign variable for the view (by reference).
escape Escapes a value for output in a view script.
get Method to get data from a registered model or a property of the view
getModel Method to get the model object
getLayout Get the layout.
getName Method to get the view name
setModel Method to add a model to the view. We support a multiple model single view system by which models are referenced by classname. A caveat to the classname referencing is that any classname prepended by JModel will be referenced by the name without JModel, eg. JModelCategory is just Category.
setLayout Sets the layout name to use
setLayoutExt Allows a different extension for the layout files to be used
setEscape Sets the _escape() callback.
addTemplatePath Adds to the stack of view script paths in LIFO order.
addHelperPath Adds to the stack of helper script paths in LIFO order.
loadTemplate Load a template file -- first look in the templates folder for an override
loadHelper Load a helper file


jimport( 'joomla.application.component.view' );


Code Examples[edit]