Writing a custom page error handler

The error handling configuration for sites allows implementing a custom error handler, if the existing options of rendering a Fluid template or page are not enough. An example would be an error page that uses the requested page or its parameters to search for relevant content on the website.

A custom error handler needs to have a constructor that takes exactly two arguments:

  • $statusCode: an integer holding the status code TYPO3 expects the handler to use
  • $configuration: an array holding the configuration of the handler

Furthermore it needs to implement the PageErrorHandlerInterface (EXT:core/Classes/Error/PageErrorHandler/PageErrorHandlerInterface.php (GitHub)). The interface specifies only one method: handlePageError(ServerRequestInterface $request, string $message, array $reasons = []): ResponseInterface

Let us take a closer look:

The method handlePageError() gets three parameters:

  • $request: the current HTTP request - for example, we can access query parameters and the request path via this object
  • $message: an error message string - for example, "Cannot connect to the configured database." or "Page not found"
  • $reasons: an arbitrary array of failure reasons - see EXT:frontend/Classes/Page/PageAccessFailureReasons.php (GitHub)

What you do with these variables is left to you, but you need to return a valid \Psr\Http\Message\ResponseInterface response - most usually an \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Http\HtmlResponse.

For an example implementation of the PageErrorHandlerInterface, take a look at EXT:core/Classes/Error/PageErrorHandler/PageContentErrorHandler.php (GitHub) or EXT:core/Classes/Error/PageErrorHandler/FluidPageErrorHandler.php (GitHub).


The custom error handlers have the properties Properties and Properties and the following:





Fully-qualified class name of a custom error handler implementing PageErrorHandlerInterface.

Example for a simple 404 error handler

The configuration:

config/sites/<some_site>/config.yaml | typo3conf/sites/<some_site>/config.yaml
  - errorCode: '404'
    errorHandler: PHP
    errorPhpClassFQCN: MyVendor\MySitePackage\Error\MyErrorHandler

The error handler class:



namespace MyVendor\MySitePackage\Error;

use Psr\Http\Message\ResponseInterface;
use Psr\Http\Message\ServerRequestInterface;
use TYPO3\CMS\Core\Error\PageErrorHandler\PageErrorHandlerInterface;
use TYPO3\CMS\Core\Http\HtmlResponse;

final class ErrorHandler implements PageErrorHandlerInterface
    private int $statusCode;
    private array $errorHandlerConfiguration;

    public function __construct(int $statusCode, array $configuration)
        $this->statusCode = $statusCode;
        // This contains the configuration of the error handler which is
        // set in site configuration - this example does not use it.
        $this->errorHandlerConfiguration = $configuration;

    public function handlePageError(
        ServerRequestInterface $request,
        string $message,
        array $reasons = [],
    ): ResponseInterface {
        return new HtmlResponse('<h1>Not found, sorry</h1>', $this->statusCode);