Help310:Extensions Plugin Manager

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The Plug-in Manager allows you to enable and disable Joomla! plug-ins and to edit a plug-in's details and options. It is also useful for quickly enabling/disabling multiple plug-ins at once.

How to Access

Select Extensions  Plugins from the drop-down menu of the Joomla! Administrator Panel.



Column Headers

  • Ordering: Up-Down ArrowsHelp30-Ordering-colheader-icon.png User specified ordering, default is order of item creation. When active, drag and drop ordering by 'click and hold' on the bars icon Help30-Ordering-colheader-grab-bar-icon.png then 'release' in desired position.
  • Checkbox. Check this box to select one or more items. To select all items, check the box in the column heading. After one or more boxes are checked, click a toolbar button to take an action on the selected item or items. Many toolbar actions, such as 'Publish', can work with multiple items. Others, such as 'Edit', only work on one item at a time. If multiple items are checked and you press 'Edit', the first item will be opened for editing.
  • Status. A green tick or a red X showing whether the use of the component is enabled/disabled. Click the icon to toggle the item between enabled and disabled.
  • Plugin Name. The name of the plug-in.
  • Type. The Type of the plug-in. Some possible types are: authentication, content, editors, editors-xtd, search, system, and user. These are also the names of the website sub-directories where the plugin files are located. For example, plugins with a type of 'authentication' are located in the website directory 'plugins/authentication'.
  • Element. The plug-in directory name which contains the plugin's files. This directory will be located in the directory which corresponds to its type. For example, the 'Authentication - Joomla' plugin is of type 'Authentication' and element 'joomla'. So the website directory it is located in is 'plugins/authentication/joomla'
  • Access. Which user 'access levels' have access to this item. You can change an item's Access Level by clicking on its name to open it up for editing. The default user 'access levels' which come preconfigured with Joomla! are:
    • Public: Everyone has access including website visitors who have not logged in
    • Registered: Only users with registered status or higher will have access
    • Special: Only users with author status or higher have access
  • ID. This is a unique identification number for this item assigned automatically by Joomla. It is used to identify the item internally, and you cannot change this number. When creating a new item, this field displays 0 until you save the new entry, at which point a new ID is assigned to it.

List Filters

The list of plug-ins which appears on this screen may be very large. You can use one of the available filters or any combination of them to limit the number of plug-ins displayed to just the plug-ins which match your filter parameters.

Filter by Partial Name

You can filter the list of plug-ins by typing in all of part of its name. In the upper left corner just above the column headings is a Filter field and two buttons, as shown below:


If you have a large number of plug-ins on the list, you can use this filter to find the desired plug-in's quickly. Enter either all or part of the name and press 'Search' to display the matching plug-ins. You can enter in whole words or part of a word. For example, 'ooml' will match all titles with the word 'Joomla' in them.

Filter by Status, Type, Element and Access

In the upper left area, are drop-down list boxes as shown below:


The selections may be combined. Only plug-ins matching all selections will display in the list.

  • - Select Status -. Select a Status (Disabled or Enabled) from the drop-down list box to show only plug-ins with the selected status.
  • - Select Type -. Select a Type from the drop-down list box to show only plug-ins of the selected Type.
  • - Select Element -. Select a Element from the drop-down list box to show only plug-ins of the selected Element.
  • - Select Access -. Select the 'Access Level' from the drop-down list box to only show plug-ins accessible by uses of the selected 'Access Level'.


At the top of the screen, you will see the toolbar:


The functions are:

  • Edit. Opens the editing screen for the selected plug-in. If more than one plug-in is selected (where applicable), only the first plug-in will be opened. The editing screen can also be opened by clicking on the Name of the plug-in.
  • Enable. Makes the selected plug-in available for use on your website. You may also toggle between 'Enabled' and 'Disabled' by clicking on the icon in the 'Enabled' column.
  • Disable. Makes the selected plug-ins unavailable for use on your website. You may also toggle between 'Enabled' and 'Disabled' by clicking on the icon in the 'Enabled' column.
  • Check-in. Checks-in the selected plug-ins. Works with one or multiple plug-ins selected.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.
  • Options. Opens the Options window where settings such as default parameters can be edited.

Quick Tips

  • To enable or disable a group of Plug-ins, check the check box for each desired Plug-in and then click the 'Enable' or 'Disable' toolbar button.
  • You may see the terms 'options' and 'parameters' used interchangeably in help documentation and tutorials you encounter.

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