Extbase und Fluid FAQ


How can I change the actions of a plugin via TypoScript?

To define which controller/action pairs belong to a plugin and which actions are not cacheable, you should always use ExtensionUtility::configurePlugin. However, you can override the order of actions via TypoScript but you can’t define non-cacheable actions or add new Controllers that way!

How can I specify a storage Pid for my plugins?

You can specify a global storage Pid for all plugins of your extension in your TypoScript setup like this:

plugin.tx_yourextension {
    persistence {
        storagePid = 123

To set it only for one plugin, replace tx_yourextension by tx_yourextension_yourplugin. For modules it’s the same syntax:

module.tx_yourextension {
    persistence {
        storagePid = 123

What is the “Extension Name”?

These are the Extbase naming conventions:

Extension key
blog_example (= $_EXTKEY)
Extension name
BlogExample (used e.g. in class names)
Plugin name
Plugin key
myplugin (lowercase, no underscores)
Plugin signature
blog_example_myplugin (used in TypoScript, TCA)
Plugin namespace
tx_blogexample_myplugin (used to namespace GET/POST vars)


How can I comment out parts of my Fluid template?

As the Fluid syntax is basically XML, you can use CDATA tags to comment out parts of your template:

This will be ignored by the Fluid parser

If you want to hide the contents from the browser, you can additionally encapsulate the part in HTML comments:

This will be ignored by the Fluid parser and by the browser

Note: This way the content will still be transferred to the browser! If you want to completely skip parts of your template, you can make use of the f:comment view helper. To disable parsing you best combine it with CDATA tags:

This will be ignored by the Fluid parser and won't appear in the source code of the rendered template

How can I use JavaScript inside Fluid templates?

Since Fluid & JavaScript are using JSON syntax, you should always wrap inline scripts with CDATA tags (see above). If you want to access Fluid variables from your scripts, you should instantiate them on top of your script block like:

<script type="text/javascript">
var someSetting = "{settings.someSetting}";
/* <![CDATA[ */
/* ]]> */

But - if possible - it’s even better to extract your scripts to external files!

How can I get translated validation error messages?

There will be support for localized error labels at some point. Currently you can use the error code in order to output the error message in the current language. See Translated validation error messages for Fluid.

How can I render localized dates?

Similar to the localized error messages, you can put date formats in your locallang files:

   <label index="culture.date.formatLong">Y-m-d H:i</label>
   <label index="culture.date.formatShort">Y-m-d</label>

And then just refer to them in your fluid template: <HTML> {post.date -> f:format.date(format: ‘{f:translate(key: 'culture.date.formatShort’)}’)} </HTML>

If you want to use names for months, you can do so like this:

   <label index="culture.monthNames.1">january</label>
   <label index="culture.monthNames.2">february</label>


{post.date -> f:format.date(format: 'd.')}
<f:translate key="culture.monthNames.{post.date -> f:format.date(format: 'n')}" />

Can ViewHelpers be nested?


<f:format.date format="{f:translate(key: 'culture.date.formatShort')}">{post.date}</f:format.date>

If you use the inline notation for the outer and the inner view helper, you’ll have to take care of the correct escaping:

{post.date -> f:format.date(format: '{f:translate(key: \'culture.date.formatShort\')}')}

You can also use view helpers in array parameters:

<f:translate key="someKey" arguments="{0: 'foo', 1: '{f:count(subject: items)}'}" />

Another nested Example

<f:translate key="text" htmlEscape="false" arguments="{0: '{f:translate(key: \'here\') -> f:link.action(action: \'show\')}'}" />
File: EXT:my_extension/Resources/Private/Language/locallang.xlf
<label index="here">this link</label>
<label index="text">You can use %1$s to register.</label>

The output will be a linked text: You can use this link to register.

These are the escaping rules for quotes:

  • Single quotes (’) must be escaped with a single backslash, if surrounded by a higher level single quote of the outer ViewHelper
  • Single quotes within an escaped quote must be escaped, the number of backslashes is @n*2 + 1@, with @n@ the number of backslashes of the previous quotation

How can I use dynamic array indexes?

An array can be accessed dynamically by recursively inserting its index:

<!-- Recursive variable resolving -->
<f:variable name="array" value="{0: 'foo', 1: 'bar'}" />
<f:variable name="index" value="1" />
Variable "index" contains the array position we need.
Dynamic array index #{index}: {array.{index}} <!-- bar -->

It is even possible to call variables dynamically that way:

<f:variable name="typeOne" value="This is type 1" />
<f:variable name="typeTwo" value="This is type 2" />
<f:variable name="selectedType" value="Two" />
Variable "selectedType" is a string that's part of a variable name.
Dynamic named variable: {type{selectedType}} <!-- This is type 2 -->

See Fluid supports variable access with dynamic names/parts of name

How can I use Fluid in my Email templates?

See Send mail with FluidEmail

Can I compare strings with the if view helper?

Starting from TYPO3 6.1 this is possible as expected and you can use constant strings in if view helper as follows:

<f:if condition="{item.status} == 'active'"> Output something </f:if>

Can I use the translate ViewHelper with FLUIDTEMPLATE

By default the translate ViewHelper loads labels from the locallang file inside Resources/Private/Language/ of the *current extension*. FLUIDTEMPLATE uses the Standalone View of Fluid that is by default not bound to an extension. But you can specify the path to your locallang file as ViewHelper argument:

<f:translate key="LLL:fileadmin/some/path/locallang.xlf:your.key" />

Alternatively, if you put your locallang files inside an extension (the recommended way) you can tell the FLUIDTEMPLATE to use that extension by default:

10.file = some/file
10.extbase.controllerExtensionName = YourExtension

Now, using <f:translate key="someKey" /> will resolve to translations from EXT:your_extension/Resources/Private/Language/locallang.xlf.