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Using DataHandler in Scripts

It's really easy to use the class \TYPO3\CMS\Core\DataHandling\DataHandler in your own scripts. All you need to do is include the class, build a $data/$cmd array you want to pass to the class and call a few methods.


Mind that these scripts have to be run in the backend scope! There must be a global $GLOBALS['BE_USER'] object.

Using the DataHandler in a Symfony Command

It is possible to use the DataHandler for scripts started from the command line or by the scheduler as well. You can do this by creating a Symfony Command.

These scripts use the _cli_ backend user. Before using the DataHandler in your execute() function, you should make sure that this user is initialized like this:


Look in the typo3/cms-lowlevel system extension for more examples.

DataHandler Examples

What follows are a few code listings with comments which will provide you with enough knowledge to get started. It is assumed that you have populated the $data and $cmd arrays correctly prior to these chunks of code. The syntax for these two arrays is explained in the previous chapter.

Submitting Data

This is the most basic example of how to submit data into the database.

  • Line 1: Instantiate the class.

  • Line 2: Register the $data array inside the class and initialize the class internally.

  • Line 3: Submit data and have all records created/updated.

1$dataHandler = \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Utility\GeneralUtility::makeInstance(\TYPO3\CMS\Core\DataHandling\DataHandler::class);
2$dataHandler->start($data, []);

Executing Commands

The most basic way of executing commands:

  • Line 1: Instantiate the class.

  • Line 2: Registers the $cmd array inside the class and initialize the class internally.

  • Line 3: Execute the commands.

1$dataHandler = \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Utility\GeneralUtility::makeInstance(\TYPO3\CMS\Core\DataHandling\DataHandler::class);
2$dataHandler->start([], $cmd);

Clearing Cache

In this example the cache clearing API is used. No data is submitted, no are commands executed. Still you will have to initialize the class by calling the start() method (which will initialize internal state).


Clearing a given cache is possible only for users that are "admin" or have specific permissions to do so.

1$dataHandler = \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Utility\GeneralUtility::makeInstance(\TYPO3\CMS\Core\DataHandling\DataHandler::class);
2$dataHandler->start([], []);

Since TYPO3 CMS 6.2, caches are organized in groups. Clearing "all" caches will actually clear caches from the "all" group and not really all caches. Check the caching framework architecture section for more details about available caches and groups.

Complex Data Submission

Imagine the $data array something like this:

 1$data = array(
 2    'pages' => array(
 3        'NEW_1' => array(
 4            'pid' => 456,
 5            'title' => 'Title for page 1',
 6        ),
 7        'NEW_2' => array(
 8            'pid' => 456,
 9            'title' => 'Title for page 2',
10        ),
11    )

This aims to create two new pages in the page with uid "456". In the follow code this is submitted to the database. Notice how line 3 reverses the order of the array. This is done because otherwise "page 1" is created first, then "page 2" in the same PID meaning that "page 2" will end up above "page 1" in the order. Reversing the array will create "page 2" first and then "page 1" so the "expected order" is preserved.

To insert a record after a given record, set the other record's negative uid as pid in the new record you're setting as data.

Apart from this line 5 will send a "signal" that the page tree should be updated at the earliest occasion possible. Finally, the cache for all pages is cleared in line 6.

1$dataHandler = \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Utility\GeneralUtility::makeInstance(\TYPO3\CMS\Core\DataHandling\DataHandler::class);
2$dataHandler->reverseOrder = 1;
3$dataHandler->start($data, []);

Both Data and Commands Executed With Alternative User Object

In this case it is shown how you can use the same object instance to submit both data and execute commands if you like. The order will depend on the order of line 4 and 5.

In line 2 the start() method is called, but this time with the third possible argument which is an alternative $GLOBALS['BE_USER'] object. This allows you to force another backend user account to create stuff in the database. This may be useful in certain special cases. Normally you should not set this argument since you want TCE to use the global $GLOBALS['BE_USER'].

1$dataHandler = \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Utility\GeneralUtility::makeInstance(\TYPO3\CMS\Core\DataHandling\DataHandler::class);
2$dataHandler->start($data, $cmd, $alternative_BE_USER);

Error handling

The data handler has a property errorLog as an array. In this property, the data handler collects all errors. You can use these e.g to logging or another error handling.

1if (!empty($dataHandler->errorLog)) {
2    $this->logger->error('Error(s) while creating content element');
3    foreach ($dataHandler->errorLog as $log) {
4        // handle error e.g. in a log
5        $this->logger->error($log);
6    }