TypoScript configuration

Each Extbase extension has some settings which can be modified using TypoScript. Many of these settings affect aspects of the internal configuration of Extbase and Fluid. There is also a block settings in which you can set extension specific settings that can be accessed in the controllers and templates of your extension.

All TypoScript settings are made in the following TypoScript blocks:


The TypoScript configuration of the extension is always located below this TypoScript path. The "lowercase extension name" is the extension key with no underscore (_), as for example in blogexample. The configuration is divided into the following sections:


Activate features for Extbase or a specific plugin.

Skip default arguments in URLs. If a link to the default controller or action is created, the parameters are omitted. Default is false.
Ignore the enable fields in backend. Default is false.


Settings, relevant to the persistence layer of Extbase.

Enables the automatic cache clearing when changing data sets. Default is true.
List of Page-IDs, from which all records are read.


Here reside are all the domain-specific extension settings. These settings are available in the controllers as the array variable $this->settings and in any Fluid template with {settings}.


View and template settings.

This can be used to specify the root paths for all Fluid layouts in this extension. If nothing is specified, the path extensionName/Resources/Private/Layouts is used. All layouts that are necessary for this extension should reside in this folder.
This can be used to specify the root paths for all Fluid partials in this extension. If nothing is specified, the path extensionName/Resources/Private/Partials is used. All partials that are necessary for this extension should reside in this folder.
This can be used to specify the root paths for all Fluid templates in this extension. If nothing is specified, the path extensionName/Resources/Private/Templates is used. All templates that are necessary for this extension should reside in this folder.
This can be used to specify an alternative namespace for the plugin. Use this to shorten the Extbase default plugin namespace or to access arguments from other extensions by setting this option to their namespace. .. todo: This is not understandable without an example. This option might be deprecated and dropped.
This can be used to specify a default target page ID. If this value is set, this value will be used as target page ID. If defaultPid is set to auto, a pid is determined by loading the tt_content record that contains this plugin. An error will be thrown if more than one record matches the list_type.

All root paths are defined as an array which enables you to define multiple root paths that will be used by Extbase to find the desired template files.

An example best describes the feature. Imagine you installed the extension news, which provides several plugins for rendering news in the frontend.

The default template directory of that extension is the following: EXT:my_extension/Resources/Private/Templates/.

Let's assume you want to change the plugin's output because you need to use different CSS classes, for example. You can simply create your own extension and add the following TypoScript setup:

plugin.tx_news {
    view {
        templateRootPaths.10 = EXT:my_extension/Resources/Private/Templates/

As all TypoScript will be merged, the following configuration will be compiled:

plugin.tx_news {
    view {
        templateRootPaths {
            0 = EXT:news/Resources/Private/Templates/
            10 = EXT:my_extension/Resources/Private/Templates/

Imagine there is a news plugin that lists news entries. In that case, the listAction method of the NewsController will be called. By convention, Extbase will look for an html file called List.html in a folder News in all of the configured template root paths.

If there is just one root path configured, that is the one being chosen right away. Once there are more paths defined, Extbase will check them in reverse order, i.e., from the highest key to lowest. Following our example, Extbase will check the given path with key 10 first, and if no template file is found, it will proceed with 0.

More information on root paths can be found in the TypoScript reference: Properties


These are useful MVC settings about error handling:

Will cause the controller to show its default action , e.g., if the called action is not allowed by the controller.
Same as mvc.callDefaultActionIfActionCantBeResolved but this will raise a "page not found" error.


Under this key, you can modify localized strings for this extension. If you specify, for example, plugin.tx_blogexample._LOCAL_LANG.default.read_more = More>> then the standard translation for the key read_more is overwritten by the string More>>.


The output of Extbase plugins can be provided in different formats, e.g., HTML, CSV, JSON, …. The required format can be requested via the request parameter. The default format, if nothing is requested, can be set via TypoScript. This can be combined with conditions.

Defines the default format for the plugin.