Deprecation: #99040 - Deprecated TypoScript setup "constants" top-level-object

See forge#99040


The frontend TypoScript setup (!) top-level-object constants can be used to define constants for replacement inside a parseFunc. If parseFunc somewhere is configured with .constants = 1, then all occurrences of the constant in the text will be substituted with the actual value.

This construct has been marked as deprecated in TYPO3 v12 and will be removed with v13.


Using the constants top-level-object in combination with the constants = 1 in parseFunc to substitute strings like ###MY_CONSTANT### triggers a deprecation level log error in TYPO3 v12 and will stop working in v13.

Affected installations

This is a relatively rarely used feature, not well-known by many integrators. TYPO3 integrators should watch out for ### markers within TypoScript, the Template backend module search functionality should help here.

The Template Analyzer will also show usages of the setup top-level-object constants.


One possible solution is to switch to TypoScript constants / settings instead for simple cases.

A simple example usage before:

TypoScript setup:

constants.EMAIL =
page = PAGE
page.10 = TEXT
page.10.value = Write an email to ###EMAIL###
page.10.parseFunc.constants = 1

Switching to a TypoScript constant / setting:

TypoScript constants / settings:

myEmail =

TypoScript setup:

page = PAGE
page.10 = TEXT
page.10.value = Write an email to {$myEmail}

The main usage of this feature has been a "magic" substitution within lib.parseFunc_RTE: When tt_content rich text content elements contain such substitution strings, they are replaced by parseFunc accordingly. For instance, a tt_content RTE element with the content Send an email to ###EMAIL### would substitute to Send an email to if the top-level setup constants object has been set up. This substitution relies on the fact that editors actively know about and use this construct: If only one content element did not prepare for this - since an editor forgot or hasn't been trained about it, changing such a constant on TypoScript level would still lead to faulty frontend output, rendering the entire substitution approach useless.

In case instances still rely on this magic substitution principle, and made sure all editors always know and follow this approach, instances can use the userFunc property of parseFunc to re-implement the functionality: basically by copying the deprecated code to an own class and registering the userFunc in lib.parseFunc_RTE.