Creating a toolbar for your component

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Note: This applies when using the MVC structure.

By default the Joomla Toolbar uses a Delete, Edit, New, Publish, Unpublish and Parameters buttons. To use them in your component you must write the following code in the view.html.php of your view file (below your display function).

      JToolBarHelper::title(string $title, string $icon);
      JToolBarHelper::deleteList(string  $msg, string  $task, string  $alt); // Will call the task/function $task in your controller
      JToolBarHelper::editList(string  $task, string  $alt); // Will call the task/function $task in your controller
      JToolBarHelper::addNew(string $task, string $alt, boolean  $check); // Will call the task/function $task in your controller
      JToolBarHelper::publish(string $task, string $alt, boolean $check); // Will call the task/function $task in your controller
      JToolBarHelper::unpublish(string $task, string $alt, boolean $check); // Will call the task/function $task in your controller
      JToolBarHelper::preferences(string $component, integer $height, integer $width, string $alt, string $path);
  • string $title    The title.
  • string $msg    Postscript for the 'are you sure' message.
  • string $task    An override for the task: 'controller.function'.
  • string $alt    An override for the alt text.
  • boolean $check    True if required to check that a standard list item is checked.
  • string $component    The name of the component, eg, com_content.

So (i.e.) your code would look like this:

 class HelloViewHellos extends JView
   function display($tpl = null) {
      JToolBarHelper::title( 'Hello Component', 'generic.png' );
      JToolBarHelper::preferences('com_hello', '500');

An example of creating a custom button in the admin list of records of your component Joomla 3.x could be: administrator/views/hellos/view.html.php

	public function display($tpl = null)

		$this->state		= $this->get('State');
		$this->items		= $this->get('Items');
		$this->pagination	= $this->get('Pagination');

		// Check for errors.
		if (count($errors = $this->get('Errors'))) {
			JError::raiseError(500, implode("\n", $errors));
			return false;

        	$this->sidebar = JHtmlSidebar::render();


	protected function addToolbar()
		// assuming you have other toolbar buttons ...

		JToolBarHelper::custom('hellos.extrahello', 'extrahello.png', 'extrahello_f2.png', 'Extra Hello', true);



    public function extrahello()

		// Get the input
		$input = JFactory::getApplication()->input;
		$pks = $input->post->get('cid', array(), 'array');

		// Sanitize the input

		// Get the model
		$model = $this->getModel();

		$return = $model->extrahello($pks);

		// Redirect to the list screen.
		$this->setRedirect(JRoute::_('index.php?option=com_hello&view=hellos', false));


administrator/models/hello.php (note: the singular model)

    public function extrahello($pks)

		// perform whatever you want on each item checked in the list

		return true;


Helpful explanation of JToolBarHelper/custom here -