I am using RS Forms Pro and I am able to view a list of submitted forms via a menu link. I am able to view, edit and download the forms from this page. I have since added delete functionality which works as expected. I followed the excellent guide here

What I am trying to do now is probably quite simple however I cannot figure it out.

When the 'delete' button is pressed, the form is deleted and the page refreshes, great. However I would like to display a message (presumably within the system-message div) that reads (something like)

successfully deleted

The delete functionality works however I will include my code for reference.

The script called on form display is as follows (this is set in RS Form config);

// First we have to check the "action" parameter from the URL
$action = JRequest::getWord('action');
if ($action == "delete") {

// If it returns true it will continue running the script 
  $id_value = JRequest::getInt('id');
  $formId_value = JRequest::getInt('formId');

// For security reasons we verify if the user has the right to edit submissions using RSFormProHelper
  if ($id_value && $formId_value && RSFormProHelper::canEdit($formId_value,$id_value)){

// If user has enough permission rights, run the query
    $db = JFactory::getDbo();
    $db->setQuery("DELETE FROM #__rsform_submission_values WHERE `SubmissionId`='". $id_value."'");
    $db->setQuery("DELETE FROM #__rsform_submissions WHERE `SubmissionId`='". $id_value."'");

// Redirect the user back to Manage directories 
    $itemId_value = JRequest::getInt('Itemid');
    $mainframe->redirect(JRoute::_('index.php?option=com_rsform&view=directory&Itemid='.$itemId_value, false));

// If the user does not have permission to edit, he will be prompted with the language override created earlier:
    $formLayout = JText::_('RSFP_DELETE_ERROR');

The code for my delete buton is as follows (override of com_rsform);

<a href="<?php echo JRoute::_('index.php?option=com_rsform&formId='.$this->params->get('formId').'&action=delete&id='.$item->SubmissionId);?>">delete</a>

When I view the page source I can see the empty div above my form where the system message would presumably go?

<div id="system-message-container"></div>

I understand this is related to RS Forms however I am wanting to understand how I pass a value to the system-message div upon successful deletion.

Suggestions welcome.

1 Answer 1


You can use the enqueueMessage function to display a message in the system output section.

In the code you've provided, you will see the following:

$mainframe->redirect(JRoute::_('index.php?option=com_rsform&view=directory&Itemid='.$itemId_value, false));

Replace it with the following:

$mainframe->redirect(JRoute::_('index.php?option=com_rsform&view=directory&Itemid='.$itemId_value, false), 'successfully deleted', 'success');

For ease of view:

$url  = 'index.php?option=com_rsform&view=directory&Itemid='.$itemId_value;
$msg  = 'successfully deleted';
$type = 'success';
$mainframe->redirect(JRoute::_($url, false), $msg, $type);


Sorry, it turns out that passing a message in the redirect function is deprecated. Instead, enqueueMessage should be used before the redirect, like so:

$url  = 'index.php?option=com_rsform&view=directory&Itemid='.$itemId_value;
$msg  = 'successfully deleted';
$type = 'success';
$mainframe->enqueueMessage($msg, $type);
$mainframe->redirect(JRoute::_($url, false));
  • @johnny_s - You're welcome as always ;)
    – Lodder
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 15:29
  • @johnny_s - See my update
    – Lodder
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 9:35
  • your first answer works though? Is is simply depreciated - but will still work?
    – jonboy
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 9:39
  • 1
    @johnny_s - Yup, my first code snippet will still work, it's just simply deprecated and will probably be removed in Joomla 4.0 which is ages away
    – Lodder
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 9:46

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