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General requirements for PHP files

PHP tags

Each PHP file in TYPO3 must use the full (as opposed to short) opening PHP tag. There must be exactly one opening tag (no closing and opening tags in the middle of the file). Example:

// File content goes here

Closing PHP tags (e.g. at the end of the file) are not used.

Each newly introduced file MUST declare strict types for the given file.

Line breaks

TYPO3 uses Unix line endings (\n, PHP chr(10)). If a developer uses Windows or Mac OS X platform, the editor must be configured to use Unix line endings.

Line length

Very long lines of code should be avoided for questions of readability. A line length of about 130 characters (including spaces) is fine. Longer lines should be split into several lines whenever possible. Each line fragment starting from the second must - compared to the first one - be indented with four space characters more. Example:

$rows = $GLOBALS['TYPO3_DB']->exec_SELECTgetRows('uid, title', 'pages',
    'pid=' . $this->fullQuoteStr($this->pid, 'pages') . $this->cObj->enableFields('pages'),
    '', 'title');

or even better for readability:

$rows = $GLOBALS['TYPO3_DB']->exec_SELECTgetRows('uid, title',
    'pid=' . $this->fullQuoteStr($this->pid, 'pages') . $this->cObj->enableFields('pages'),

Comment lines should be kept within a limit of about 80 characters (excluding the leading spaces) as it makes them easier to read.


  • When splitting a line, try to split it at a point that makes as much sense as possible. In the above example, the line is split between two arguments and not in the middle of one. In case of long logical expressions, put the logical operator at the beginning of the next line, e.g.:

    if ($GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['SYS']['curlUse'] == '1'
        && preg_match('/^(?:http|ftp)s?|s(?:ftp|cp):/', $url)
    ) {

Whitespace and indentation

TYPO3 uses space characters to indent source code. Following PSR-2, one indentation level consists of four spaces.

There must be no white spaces in the end of a line. This can be done manually or using a text editor that takes care of this.

Spaces must be added:

  • on both sides of string, arithmetic, assignment and other similar operators (for example ., =, +, -, ?, :, *, etc)

  • after commas

  • in single line comments after the comment sign (double slash)

  • after asterisks in multiline comments

  • after conditional keywords like if ( and switch (

  • before conditional keywords if the keyword is not the first character like } elseif {

Spaces must not be present:

  • after an opening brace and before a closing brace. For example: explode( 'blah', 'someblah' ) needs to be written as explode('blah', 'someblah')

Character set

All TYPO3 source files use the UTF-8 character set without byte order mark (BOM). Encoding declarations like declare(encoding = 'utf-8'); must not be used. They might lead to problems, especially in ext_tables.php and ext_localconf.php files of extensions, which are merged internally in TYPO3 CMS. Files from third-party libraries may have different encodings.