Context-Sensitive Menus


The context-sensitive menu for the page tree is built using a different approach.

Adding menu items

The context-sensitive menu (CSM) is made of a list of menu items. Before that list is actually rendered into a HTML pop-up menu, it is passed to external processing scripts, which can be configured in the following global array:


Each script can manipulate the list of menu items, in particular add or remove some. Registration example (taken from the ext_tables.php file of the “examples” extension):

$GLOBALS['TBE_MODULES_EXT']['xMOD_alt_clickmenu']['extendCMclasses'][] = array(
        'name' => 'Documentation\\Examples\\Service\\ContextMenuOptions'


There’s an additional path: property, which would point to the PHP file to include, but it is not necessary when using namespaced classes. They will be autoloaded.

The class (\Documentation\Examples\Service\ContextMenuOptions) looks like this:

class ContextMenuOptions {
         * Adds a sample item to the CSM
         * @param \TYPO3\CMS\Backend\ClickMenu\ClickMenu $parentObject Back-reference to the calling object
         * @param array $menuItems Current list of menu items
         * @param string $table Name of the table the clicked on item belongs to
         * @param integer $uid Id of the clicked on item
         * @return array Modified list of menu items
        public function main(\TYPO3\CMS\Backend\ClickMenu\ClickMenu $parentObject, $menuItems, $table, $uid) {
                // Activate the menu item only for "pages" table
                if ($table == 'pages') {
                        // URL for the menu item. Point to the page tree example module, passing the page id.
                        $baseUrl = 'mod.php?M=tools_ExamplesExamples&tx_examples_tools_examplesexamples%5Baction%5D=tree&tx_examples_tools_examplesexamples%5Bcontroller%5D=Default';
                        $baseUrl .= '&tx_examples_tools_examplesexamples%5Bpage%5D=' . $uid;

                        // Add new menu item with the following parameters:
                        // 1) Label
                        // 2) Icon
                        // 3) URL
                        // 4) = 1 disable item in docheader
                        $menuItems[] = $parentObject->linkItem(
                return $menuItems;

Since TYPO3 CMS 6.2, a dedicated API must be used to assemble the destination URL of the context menu item. This adds CSRF protection to the link.

$baseUrl = \TYPO3\CMS\Backend\Utility\BackendUtility::getModuleUrl(
                'tx_examples_tools_examplesexamples[action]' => 'tree',
                'tx_examples_tools_examplesexamples[controller]' => 'Default',
                'tx_examples_tools_examplesexamples[page]' => $uid

The important points to notice are what properties are used for defining a new menu item and what API calls are used (namely \TYPO3\CMS\Backend\ClickMenu\ClickMenu\linkItem() and \TYPO3\CMS\Backend\ClickMenu\ClickMenu\urlRefForCM()). The new menu item now appears when clicking a “pages” record icon in the TYPO3 CMS backend.

Context-sensitive menu in mode Web > List

The new context-sensitive menu item

As an example action, our item points to the “Page tree” demo screen of the “examples” BE module, transferring the id of the page that was clicked. The effect is that this page is used as tree root in the module’s display.

Page tree view

The examples Page Tree module, using the selected page as root


In the example class above, a test is performed early on to add the menu item only for a record from the “pages” table. When an element representing a file is clicked on, the “table” parameter will be filled with the file path. The best way to check whether it is a file or not is to simply call is_file() on it.

Implementing a Context Sensitive Menu

Implement a CSM in your own backend modules is quite straightforward. The examples below are taken from the “beuser” system extension and assume that the module is Extbase-based. For old style modules, refer to older versions of this manual.

The first step is to include the needed JavaScript using an argument of the standard BE container Fluid view helper. Actually the CSM-related JavaScript is included by default, so just using:


in your Layout is sufficient (see typo3/sysext/beuser/Resources/Private/Layouts/Default.html). Looking under the hood (in class \TYPO3\CMS\Fluid\ViewHelpers\Be\ContainerViewHelper), the relevant JS inclusion is:

if ($enableClickMenu) {

The second step is to activate the click menu on the icons. This kind of markup is required (taken from typo3/sysext/beuser/Resources/Private/Templates/BackendUser/Index.html):

     <td class="col-icon">
             <a href="#" onClick="'be_users', '{backendUser.uid}', '1', '', '', ''); return false;" title="id={backendUser.uid}">
                     <bu:spriteIconForRecord table="be_users" object="{backendUser}" />

the relevant line being highlighted.

The same code works for files. In this case however, the first argument to should be the absolute file path (instead of the table) and the second parameter (the uid) should be left blank.