This class is used as base class for frontend plugins.

Most legacy frontend plugins are extension classes of this one.

This class contains functions which assists these plugins in creating lists, searching, displaying menus, page-browsing (next/previous/1/2/3) and handling links.

Functions are all prefixed pi_ which is reserved for this class. Those functions can be overridden in the extension classes. Therefore plugins based on the AbstractPlugin are also called "pi-based plugins".

The AbstractPlugin still contains hard-coded HTMl in many functions. These can not be used for non-HTML output like JSON or XML feeds.

Changed in version 6.0: The AbstractPlugin class used to be named tslib_pibase before TYPO3 v6.0. Therefore the old names "pi_base" or "pi-based plugin" are still used by some people for historic reasons. "pi" is short for plug-in.


There is no predefined entry method, the method to be used as entry-point is defined via TypoScript:

plugin.tx_srfeuserregister_pi1 = USER_INT
plugin.tx_srfeuserregister_pi1 {
   userFunc = SJBR\SrFeuserRegister\Controller\RegisterPluginController->main
   // set some options

      // set some default values

You can use the TypoScript content objects USER for cached plugins or USER_INT when caching should be disabled.

The following keys are reserved when creating pi-based plugins:


Used to define default values that override values not set in the main TypoScript plugin definition.


Used to override translated strings.

AbstractPlugin implementation

An implementing class could look like this:

namespace SJBR\SrFeuserRegister\Controller;

use TYPO3\CMS\Frontend\ContentObject\ContentObjectRenderer;
use TYPO3\CMS\Frontend\Controller\TypoScriptFrontendController;
use TYPO3\CMS\Frontend\Plugin\AbstractPlugin;
// ...

class RegisterPluginController extends AbstractPlugin
    * Content object
    * @var ContentObjectRenderer
   public $cObj;

    * Extension key
    * @var string
   public $extKey = 'sr_feuser_register';

   // ...

    * Plugin entry script
    * @param string $content: rendered content (not used)
    * @param array $conf: the plugin TS configuration
    * @return string the rendered content
   public function main($content, $conf)
      $extensionName = GeneralUtility::underscoredToUpperCamelCase($this->extKey);
      $this->conf =& $conf;

      // do something

      return CssUtility::wrapInBaseClass($this->prefixId, $content);

See extension sr_feuser_register for a complete example.

TCA configuration

use TYPO3\CMS\Core\Utility\ExtensionManagementUtility;
defined('TYPO3') or die();

$GLOBALS['TCA']['tt_content']['types']['list']['subtypes_excludelist']['myextension_pi1'] = 'layout,select_key';
$GLOBALS['TCA']['tt_content']['types']['list']['subtypes_addlist']['myextension_pi1'] = 'pi_flexform';

// Use this function if you want to register a FlexForm for the backend record


ExtensionManagementUtility::addPlugin expects the following parameters:


array: Numerical array:


string: Plugin label,


string: Plugin identifier / plugin key, ideally prefixed with an extension-specific name (for example 'events2_list'),


string: Path to plugin icon,


an optional group idenitfier, falls back to 'default


string: Type (Default: 'list_type') - basically a field from "tt_content" table


string: The extension key in snake_case, for example :php`'my_extension'`