Potential backward compatibility issues in Joomla 3 and Joomla Platform 12.2

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This documents track potential backward compatibility issues for Joomla 3.0 and Joomla Platform 12.1 which is included in Joomla 3.0. Listed are issues which potentially break extensions. Please help making this document complete.

The base of this comparison is Joomla 2.5/Platform 11.4.

Backwards compatibility issues were also tracked for Joomla 2.5: Potential backward compatibility issues in Joomla 2.5 and Joomla Platform 11.4


The platform removed a larger number of deprecated classes and methods. For most extensions written for Joomla 2.5 the required changes should be reasonably small. Note that there are still deprecated classes in the platform that will be removed in future versions, developers should stop using them where possible.

General changes[edit]

  • Appending ?no_html to an URL to get a RAW view is not supported anymore (this was an old Joomla 1.0 feature)
  • The DS constant has been removed. If you really need it you can use DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR instead
  • Many more function arguments have been type hinted, including existing classes. Make sure you're always passing values of the correct type.
  • PHP 5.3 is now required
  • register_globals = on is not supported anymore
  • The name of modules now have to start with mod_

Changes to extension installation[edit]

  • Use of the <install> base tag (from 1.5) is no longer supported; use <extension> instead
  • Suppport for install_script and uninstall_script, and the methods com_install and com_uninstall in these scripts, has been removed; use scriptfile instead
  • In language extensions, support for client="both" has been removed; package each client as a separate extension and optionally bundle them as a package extension instead
  • File paths for plugins no longer support the old 1.5 method (i.e. plugins/system/cache.php); each plugin must be in its own folder (i.e. plugins/system/cache/cache.php)

Moved files[edit]

All classes listed here should now be autoloadable. Explicit requires and includes have to be modified or removed.

Classes moved to the CMS[edit]

  • JFormFieldHelpsite
  • JFormFieldMedia
  • JHelp
  • JTableContent

Classes moved within the platform[edit]

  • JInput (and all subclasses)
  • JTable (and all subclasses)

Renamed classes[edit]

  • JWebClient is now called JApplicationWebClient

Removed classes[edit]

  • JParameter (use JForm instead)
  • JElement and its subclasses
  • JFormFieldEditors (use JFormFieldPlugins instead)
  • JHtmlImage
  • JSimpleXML
  • JPane

Changes to classes[edit]


  • JFactory::getXMLParser() has been removed. For RSS and Atom use cases, use JFactory::getFeedParser() instead. To read XML files or strings use JFactory::getXML().
  • JFactory::_createConfig() has been removed. Use JFactory::createConfig() instead.
  • JFactory::_createSession() has been removed. Use JFactory::createSession() instead.
  • JFactory::_createDbo() has been removed. Use JFactory::createDbo() instead.
  • JFactory::_createMailer() has been removed. Use JFactory::createMailer() instead.
  • JFactory::_createDocument() has been removed. Use JFactory::createDocument() instead.



  • JController::$_acoSection has been removed.
  • JController::$_acoSectionValue has been removed.
  • JController::authorize() has been removed. Use JController::authorise() instead.
  • JController:: setAccessControl() has been removed. Use JAccess.



  • JObject::toString() has been removed. Use JObject::__toString() instead.



  • JDatabase::$hasQuoted has been removed.
  • JDatabase::$quoted has been removed.
  • JDatabase::addQuoted() has been removed.
  • JDatabase::hasUTF() has been removed.
  • JDatabase::debug() has been removed. Use JDatabase::setDebug() instead.
  • JDatabase::explain() has been removed.
  • JDatabase::getEscaped() has been removed. Use JDatabase::escape() instead.
  • JDatabase::getTableFields() has been removed. Use JDatabase::getTableColumns() instead.
  • JDatabase::getTicker() has been removed. Use JDatabase::count() instead.
  • JDatabase::isQuoted() has been removed.
  • JDatabase::loadResultArray() has been removed. Use JDatabase::loadColumn() instead.
  • JDatabase::nameQuote() has been removed. Use JDatabase::quoteName() instead.
  • JDatabase::queryBatch() has been removed.



  • JRequest::clean() has been removed.


  • JURI does not extend JObject anymore. You must not use any of JObject's methods anymore.



JError::isError() has been removed. Use instance of Exception instead.



  • JHtml::_includeRelativeFiles() has been removed. Use JHtml::includeRelativeFiles() instead.
  • JHtml::script() doesn't support a string as the second parameter anymore. This used to be the path to the file in Joomla 1.5 and has been removed now.
  • JHtml::stylesheet() doesn't support a string as the second parameter anymore. This used to be the path to the file in Joomla 1.5 and has been removed now.


  • JHtmlBehavior::mootools has been removed. Use JHtmlBehavior::framework instead,



  • JInstaller::getOverwrite() has been removed. Use JInstaller::isOverwrite() instead.
  • JInstaller::getUpgrade() has been removed. Use JInstaller::isUpgrade() instead.



  • JLangauge::_parseLanguageFiles() has been removed. Use JLangauge::parseLanguageFiles() instead.
  • JLangauge::_parseXMLLanguageFiles() has been removed. Use JLangauge::parseXMLLanguageFiles() instead.
  • JLangauge::_parseXMLLanguageFile() has been removed. Use JLangauge::parseXMLLanguageFile() instead.



  • JRegistry::loadXML() has been removed. Use JRegistry::loadString() instead.
  • JRegistry::loadINI() has been removed. Use JRegistry::loadString() instead.
  • JRegistry::loadJSON() has been removed. Use JRegistry::loadString() instead.
  • JRegistry::makeNameSpace() has been removed. No replacement.
  • JRegistry::getNameSpaces() has been removed. No replacement.
  • JRegistry::getValue() has been removed. Use JRegistry::get() instead.
  • JRegistry::setValue() has been removed. Use JRegistry::set() instead.
  • JRegistry::loadSetupFile() has been removed. No replacement.


  • JRegistryFormatINI::stringToObject() the second argument ($option) may not be a boolean anymore.


  • JRegistryFormatJSON::stringToObject() the second argument ($option) may not be a boolean anymore.



  • JTable::canDelete() has been removed.
  • JTable::toXML() has been removed.



  • JUpdater::arrayUnique() has been removed. Use JArrayHelper::arrayUnique() instead.



  • The constant JAUTHENTICATE_STATUS_SUCCESS has been removed. Use JAuthentication::STATUS_SUCCESS instead.
  • The constant JAUTHENTICATE_STATUS_CANCEL has been removed. No replacement.
  • The constant JAUTHENTICATE_STATUS_FAILURE has been removed. Use JAuthentication:: STATUS_FAILURE instead.


  • JUser::getParameters() has been removed.
  • Juser::authorisedLevels() has been removed. Use JUser::getAuthorisedViewLevels() instead.
  • Juser::authorize() has been removed. Use JUser::authorise() instead.
  • JUser::$usertype has been removed.



  • JDate::toFormat() has been removed. Use JDate::format() instead.
  • JDate::setOffset() has been removed.
  • JDate::$offsets has been removed.
  • JDate__construct() doesn't accept an numeric value for $tz anymore.


  • JUtility::sendMail() has been removed. Use JMail::sendMail() instead.
  • JUtility::sendAdminMail() has been removed. Use JMail:: sendAdminMail() instead.
  • JUtility::getHash() has been removed. Use JApplication::getHash() instead.
  • JUtility::getToken() has been removed. Use JSession::getFormToken() instead.
  • JUtility::isWinOS() has been removed. Use JApplication::isWinOS() instead.
  • JUtility::dump() has been removed. No replacement.
  • JUtility::array_unshift_ref() has been removed. No replacement.
  • JUtility:: array_unshift_ref() has been removed. No replacement.


  • JXMLElement::data() has been removed
  • JXMLElement::getAttribute() has been removed. Use SimpleXMLElement::attributes() instead.


  • Compatibility with MooTools 1.2 has been removed
  • Forms that have name="adminForm" now also require id="adminForm" by default


Removed classes[edit]

  • All classes extending JElement have been removed