Breaking: #90660 - Registration of dashboard widgets changed

See forge#90660


As the registration of dashboard widgets changed to allow creation of widgets through configuration, it is necessary to change your registration of widgets you registered yourself in version 10.3. The abstracts used to kick start your widgets were removed and the widgets shipped with EXT:dashboard were refactored.


As the abstracts previously used to kick-start a widget are removed, you need to change to the new way of registering widgets. The dashboard module will break if you do not update your registration.

Affected Installations

All 3rd party extensions that registered an own widget with TYPO3 v10.3, will be affected and need to update the widget registration. If you only used the widgets shipped with core, you don't have to do anything.


Migration of widgets based on default widget types

This section demonstrates how to migrate widgets that are based on one of the existing widget types shipped by core. If your widgets are extending one of the following classes, you can use this section to migrate your registration to the new syntax.

  • \TYPO3\CMS\Dashboard\Widgets\AbstractBarChartWidget
  • \TYPO3\CMS\Dashboard\Widgets\AbstractChartWidget
  • \TYPO3\CMS\Dashboard\Widgets\AbstractCtaButtonWidget
  • \TYPO3\CMS\Dashboard\Widgets\AbstractDoughnutChartWidget
  • \TYPO3\CMS\Dashboard\Widgets\AbstractListWidget
  • \TYPO3\CMS\Dashboard\Widgets\AbstractNumberWithIconWidget
  • \TYPO3\CMS\Dashboard\Widgets\AbstractRssWidget

First of all you need to update your registration in the Services.yaml file. Here comes an example of a registration of RSS widget in the old version.


  arguments: [‘myOwnRSSWidget’]
    - name: dashboard.widget
      identifier: myOwnRSSWidget
      widgetGroups: ‘general’

As you can now use the predefined widgets and only have to register your own implementation with your own configuration, you have to alter this registration a little bit.


  class: 'TYPO3\CMS\Dashboard\Widgets\RssWidget'
    $view: '@dashboard.views.widget'
    $cache: '@cache.dashboard.rss'
      rssFile: ''
      # 12 hours cache
      lifeTime: 43200
    - name: dashboard.widget
      identifier: 'myOwnRSSWidget'
      groupNames: ‘general’
      title: 'LLL:EXT:extension/Resources/Private/Language/locallang.xlf:widgets.myOwnRSSWidget.title'
      description: 'LLL:EXT:extension/Resources/Private/Language/locallang.xlf:widgets.myOwnRSSWidget.description'
      iconIdentifier: 'content-widget-rss'
      height: 'medium'
      width: 'medium'

It starts with the name of the service. Best practise is to use a dot-styled name as there will be no class with that name. You can have multiple services using the same class.

On the second line, we define which widget to use. In this case we choose the RssWidget from the dashboard core extension. In the documentation, we explain all the arguments like $view and $cache. For the migration you need the $options argument.

As you can see we specify the RSS file and the cache lifetime for this feed. In the old situation you had to set these values in the class. Now you can just put those values in the registration.

The second part that changed a little bit, is that you need to set the title, description, icon, height and width in the tags section of the registration. You can still use translatable strings like LLL:EXT:extension/Resources/Private/Language/locallang.xlf:widgets.myOwnRSSWidget.title. Important to remember is that the widgetGroups property changed to groupNames to stay consistent with other service registrations.

Please note that valid values for height and width are now: small, medium, and large.

In the following table you can see which WidgetType to use now based on the abstract you used previously.

Previously used abstract Widget class to use for your registration
AbstractBarChartWidget TYPO3\CMS\Dashboard\Widgets\BarChartWidget
AbstractChartWidget This was only used as an abstract of the other chart widgets and is not used anymore. If you want another graph type, you have to create your own widget.
AbstractCtaButtonWidget TYPO3\CMS\Dashboard\Widgets\CtaWidget
AbstractDoughnutChartWidget TYPO3\CMS\Dashboard\Widgets\DoughnutChartWidget
AbstractListWidget TYPO3\CMS\Dashboard\Widgets\ListWidget
AbstractNumberWithIconWidget TYPO3\CMS\Dashboard\Widgets\NumberWithIconWidget
AbstractRssWidget TYPO3\CMS\Dashboard\Widgets\RssWidget

You can check the documentation of EXT:dashboard to see the exact options for every type of widget.

Migration of widgets based on own widget type

When you created your complete own widget type, the main thing to check is you use the Dependency Injection options you have now. Please refer to the documentation of EXT:dashboard to see how to create your own widget type and what options you have.