Extensions Plugin Manager

From Joomla! Documentation

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The Plugin Manager allows you to enable and disable Joomla! plugins and to edit a plugin's details and options. It is also useful for quickly enabling/disabling multiple plugins at once.

How to Access

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



Column Headers

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  • 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 plugin.
  • 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 plugins 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 items by typing in all of part of its name. Or you can select a combination of Access Level, Enable/Disable Status and Type.

  • Filter. 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 items on the list, you can use this filter to find the desired item(s) quickly. Enter either all or part of the name and press 'Search' to display the matching items. 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 Access, Status and Type In the upper left area, are 3 drop-down list boxes as shown below:


The selections may be combined. Only items matching all selections will display in the list.

  • Select Status. Select a status (Enabled or Disabled) from the drop-down list box to show only plugins with the selected status.
  • Select Type. Select a Type from the drop-down list box to show only plugins of the selected Type.
  • Select Access. Select the 'Access Level' from the drop-down list box to only show plugins 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 plugin. If more than one plugin is selected (where applicable), only the first plugin will be opened. The editing screen can also be opened by clicking on the Name of the plugin.
  • Enable. Makes the selected item 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 plugins 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 plugins. Works with one or multiple plugins 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 Plugins, check the check box for each desired Plugin and then click the Enable or Disable toolbar button.
  • Starting with Joomla! 1.6, configurable plugin settings are referred to as 'options'. In previous versions of Joomla! these configurable settings were referred to as 'parameters'. You may see the terms 'options' and 'parameters' used interchangeably in help documentation and tutorials you encounter.

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