Deprecation: #98996 - Doctrine DBAL: BackendWorkspaceRestriction and FrontendWorkspaceRestriction

See forge#98996


TYPO3's Database Abstraction Layer works with restrictions to limit the selection based on TYPO3's TCA information for certain database tables.

With the introduction of Doctrine DBAL and the Database Restrictions in TYPO3 v8, the two restrictions \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Database\Query\Restriction\BackendWorkspaceRestriction and \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Database\Query\Restriction\FrontendWorkspaceRestriction were introduced, which had some conceptual flaws. The usages to these restrictions were removed subsequently within TYPO3 Core since TYPO3 v9, as various improvements were made to the database layer when working with Workspaces.

In TYPO3 v9.5.x a new restriction \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Database\Query\Restriction\WorkspaceRestriction was added, which superseded both existing Workspace-related restrictions, solving almost all cases needed when reading rows from the database.

The former restriction classes have now been marked as deprecated.


Instantiating any of the classes

  • \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Database\Query\Restriction\BackendWorkspaceRestriction

  • \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Database\Query\Restriction\FrontendWorkspaceRestriction

will trigger a PHP deprecation notice.

Affected installations

TYPO3 installations with custom extensions explicitly using one of the restrictions. Affected extensions can be detected via the Extension Scanner in the Install Tool / Maintenance Area.


Use the class \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Database\Query\Restriction\WorkspaceRestriction instead. It allows to hand in the current workspace ID, which then fetches all records from the database only for a certain workspace (unlike FrontendWorkspaceRestriction which did not limit the database query to one workspace in certain cases).

When querying the database, ensure to use the Overlay APIs in \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Domain\Repository\PageRepository->versionOL (Frontend) or \TYPO3\CMS\Backend\Utility\BackendUtility::workspaceOL() would then filter the invalid records.


This shows a regular example within the TYPO3 backend to query records within

$context = GeneralUtility::makeInstance(Context::class);
$workspaceId = $context->getPropertyFromAspect('workspace', 'id', 0);

$queryBuilder = GeneralUtility::makeInstance(ConnectionPool::class)

    ->add(GeneralUtility::makeInstance(WorkspaceRestriction::class, $workspaceId));

$statement = $queryBuilder
        $queryBuilder->expr()->eq('colPos', $queryBuilder->createNamedParameter(0))

$records = [];
while ($record = $statement->fetchAssociative()) {
    BackendUtility::workspaceOL('tt_content', $record, $workspaceId);
    if (is_array($record)) {
        $records[] = $record;
return $records;