Data type



The getText data type is some kind of tool box allowing to retrieve values from a variety of sources, e.g. from GET/POST variables, from registers, values from up the page tree, from the database, etc.

The general syntax is as follows:


where key indicates the source we are trying to retrieve the value from and code is some form of path or pointer to the value, which depends on the key used. The various keys (e.g. field , parameter , register …) and their possible codes are described below.

The code can contain pipe characters (|) to separate keys in a multi-dimensional array. This e.g. works with gp and tsfe .


foo = TSFE:fe_user|user|username

Spaces around the colon (:) are irrelevant. The key is case-insensitive.

Getting alternative values

By separating the value of getText with // (double slash) you can supply a number of codes and getText will return the first one, which is not empty (“” or zero).


foo = field:header // field:title // field:uid

This gets the content of the field “header”. If “header is empty, “title” is retrieved. If “title” is empty as well, it finally gets the field “uid”.



field: [field name from the current $cObj->data array in the cObject, multi-dimensional.]

  • As default the $cObj->data array is $GLOBALS['TSFE']->page (record of the current page!)
  • In TMENU $cObj->data is set to the page-record for each menu item.
  • In CONTENT / RECORDS $cObj->data is set to the actual record
  • In GIFBUILDER $cObj->data is set to the data GIFBUILDER is supplied with.


foo = field : header

gets content from $cObj->data[‘header’]

foo = field : fieldname|level1|level2

gets content from $cObj->data[‘fieldname’][‘level1’][‘level2’]



parameters: [field name from the current $cObj->parameters array in the cObject.]

See parseFunc .

Example :

foo = parameters: color

gets content from $cObj->parameters[‘color’]



register: [field name from the $GLOBALS[‘TSFE’]->register]


Example :

foo = register: color

gets content from $GLOBALS[‘TSFE’]->register[‘color’]

leveltitle, leveluid, levelmedia:


leveltitle, leveluid, levelmedia: [levelTitle, uid or media in rootLine, 0- , negative = from behind, ” , slide” parameter forces a walk to the bottom of the rootline until there’s a “true” value to return. Useful with levelmedia.]

Returns values from up or down the page tree.


foo = leveltitle : 1

gets the title of the page on the first level of the rootline

foo = leveltitle : -2 , slide

gets the title of the page on the level right below the current page AND if that is not present, walk to the bottom of the rootline until there’s a title

foo = leveluid : 0

gets the id of the root-page of the website (level zero)



levelfield: Like “leveltitle” et al. but where the second parameter is the rootLine field you want to fetch. Syntax: [pointer, integer], [field name], [“slide”]

Example :

foo = levelfield : -1 , user_myExtField , slide

gets the value of the user defined field user_myExtField in the root line (requires additional configuration in $TYPO3_CONF_VARS to include field!)



date: [date-conf]. Can also be used without colon and date configuration. Then the date will be formatted as “d/m Y”.

Example :

foo = date : d-m-y

gets the current time formatted dd-mm-yy



page: [field in the current page record]

Example :

foo = page : title

gets the current page title




Example :

foo = pagelayout

gets the current backend layout



current (gets the “current” value)

Example :

foo = current

gets the current value



level (gets the rootline level of the current page)

Example :

foo = level

gets the rootline level of the current page



GP: Value from GET or POST method.


“GPvar” also exists, but is deprecated.


foo = GP : stuff

gets input value from query string &stuff=…

foo = GP : stuff | bar

gets input value from query string &stuff[bar]=…



getenv: Value from environment variables

Example :

foo = getenv : HTTP_REFERER

gets the env var HTTP_REFERER


getIndpEnv returns the value of a System Environment Variable denoted by name regardless of server OS, CGI/MODULE version etc. The result is identical to the SERVER variable in most cases. This method should be used instead of getEnv to get reliable values for all situations. The internal processing is handled by TYPO3\CMS\Core\Utility\GeneralUtility::getIndpEnv()

Syntax :

getIndpEnv : <name>

Example :

# get and output the client IP
page = PAGE
page.10 = TEXT = getIndpEnv : REMOTE_ADDR
page.10.stdWrap.htmlSpecialChars = 1

These names can be used with getIndpEnv :

Name Definition Example or result
HTTP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE language(s) accepted by client
HTTP_HOST [host][:[port]]
HTTP_REFERER [scheme]://[host][:[port]][path],arg2,arg3&p1=parameter1&p2[key]=value
HTTP_USER_AGENT client user agent
PATH_INFO [path_info] /arg1/arg2/arg3/
QUERY_STRING [query] arg1,arg2,arg3&p1=parameter1&p2[key]=value
REMOTE_HOST client host
REQUEST_URI [path]?[query] /typo3/32/temp/phpcheck/index.php/arg1/arg2/arg3/?arg1,arg2,arg3&p1=parameter1&p2[key]=value
SCRIPT_FILENAME absolute filename of script
SCRIPT_NAME [path_script] /typo3/32/temp/phpcheck/[index.php]
TYPO3_DOCUMENT_ROOT absolute path of root of documents
TYPO3_PORT [port] 8080
TYPO3_REQUEST_DIR [scheme]://[host][:[port]][path_dir]
TYPO3_REQUEST_HOST [scheme]://[host][:[port]]
TYPO3_REQUEST_SCRIPT [scheme]://[host][:[port]][path_script]
TYPO3_REQUEST_URL [scheme]://[host][:[port]][path]?[query]
TYPO3_REV_PROXY TRUE if this session runs over a well known proxy
TYPO3_SITE_SCRIPT [script / Speaking URL] of the TYPO3 website
TYPO3_SITE_URL [scheme]://[host][:[port]][path_dir] of the TYPO3 website frontend
TYPO3_SSL TRUE if this session uses SSL/TLS (https)
1 Return an array with all values for debugging purposes



TSFE: [value from the $GLOBALS['TSFE'] array, multi-dimensional]

Example :

foo = TSFE:fe_user|user|username

gets the “username” field of the current FE user



DB: Value from database, syntax is [table name] : [uid] : [field]. Any record from a table in TCA can be selected here. Records marked as deleted will not return any value.

Example :

foo = DB : tt_content:234:header

gets the value of the header field of record with uid 234 from table “tt_content”



file: syntax is [uid] : [property]. Retrieves a property from a file object (FAL) by identifying it through its sys_file UID. Note that during execution of the FILES cObject, you can also reference the current file with “current” as UID like “file : current : size”.

The following properties are available:

name, uid, originalUid, size, sha1, extension, mimetype, contents, publicUrl, modification_date, creation_date

Furthermore when manipulating references (such as images in content elements or media in pages), additional properties are available (not all are available all the time, it depends on the setup of references of the FILES cObject):

title, description, link, alternative

Additionally, any data in the “sys_file_metadata” table can be accessed too.

See the FILES cObject for usage examples .

Example :

foo = file : 17 : size

gets the file size of the file with the sys_file UID 17.



fullRootLine: syntax is [pointer, integer], [field name], [“slide”]

This property can be used to retrieve values from “above” the current page’s root. Take the below page tree and assume that we are on the page “Here you are!”. Using the “levelfield” propertydescribed above, it is possible to goup only to the page “Site root”, because it is the root of a new (sub-)site. With “fullRootLine” it is possible to go all the way up to page tree root. The numbers between square brackets indicate to which page each value of pointer would point to:

- Page tree root [-2]
 |- 1. page before [-1]
   |- Site root (root template here!) [0]
    |- Here you are! [1]

A “slide” parameter can be added just as for the “levelfield” property above.

Example :

foo = fullRootLine : -1, title

gets the title of the page right before the start of the current website



LLL: Reference to a locallang (xlf, xml or php) label. Reference consists of [fileref]:[labelkey]

Example :

foo = LLL:EXT:felogin/pi1/locallang.xlf:logout

gets localized label for logout button



path: path to a file, possibly placed in an extension, returns empty if the file does not exist.

Example :

foo = path:EXT:rsaauth/resources/rsaauth.js

gets path to file rsaauth.js (inside extension rsaauth) relative to siteroot



cObj: parentRecordNumber

For CONTENT and RECORDS cObjects that are returned by a select query, this returns the row number (1,2,3,…) of the current cObject record.

“parentRecordNumber” is the only key available.

Example :

foo = cObj : parentRecordNumber

gets the number of the current cObject record



debug: Returns HTML-formatted content of the PHP variable defined by the keyword. Available keywords are “rootLine”, “fullRootLine”, “data”, “register” and “page”.

Example :

foo = debug : rootLine

outputs the current root-line visually in HTML



global: [GLOBAL variable, split with | if you want to get from an array! Deprecated, use GP, TSFE or getenv!]