Am creating a simple custom search , where users will search using a droplist of option , i have successfully created the module , however i do not know how to show the form in frontend and how to pass values to my helper file for validation , please help ! Below is my code


public static function getdata($catid)
           $categories = JCategories::getInstance('Content');
           $cat = $categories->get($catid);
           $children = $cat->getChildren();

        return $res;

View (tmpl/default.php) Which is form that shows droplist to send back to controller

            <select id="Field-of-Study" class="form-control">
                <?php foreach($res['FieldofStudy'] as $a){  ?>
                <?php  echo $a->title ;  ?>
                <?php } ?>
  • Please show some code. I assume you have already created the HTML markup for the form right?
    – Lodder
    Dec 23, 2015 at 15:57
  • @Lodder see new edit with code Dec 23, 2015 at 16:12
  • @Lodder or should i use xml file in tmpl folder to define form as in plugin development ? Dec 23, 2015 at 16:17
  • I'm writing my answer now. 2 minutes
    – Lodder
    Dec 23, 2015 at 16:17

1 Answer 1


Personally, I would do it like this:

Lets say you have a few form fields (for example, 2 inputs and a select box):

<form method="post" name="shout">

    <input name="myform[name]" type="text">

    <input name="myform[surname]" type="text">

    <select name="myform[study]" id="Field-of-Study" class="form-control">
        <?php foreach($res['FieldofStudy'] as $a) : ?>
            <option><?php echo $a->title; ?></option>
        <?php endforeach; ?>


Notice I've used myform in the name="" attribute.

Now, in your mod_mymodule.php file, you can check if the post if set and get the entire post array from your form like so:

if (isset($_POST))
    $post = $app->input->post->get('myform', array(), 'array');

    // You can now access each field value using
    // $post['name']
    // $post['surname']
    // $post['study']

To put the post into a function in the helper.php, you first need to call the helper like so:

$helper = new ModMYMODULEHelper();

Then call the function from the helper


Hope this helps

  • @jimmyobonyo - You're welcome ;)
    – Lodder
    Dec 23, 2015 at 16:27
  • Just one more thing , lets say i get the fillterd values in the helper file , and i want this values to be displayed in another the main page ie not the modules view how would i go about this please Dec 23, 2015 at 16:29
  • You mean somewhere else on the site? in which case, I'd most likely use JSession and push the value to a session. For a more in-depth answer, I'd suggest asking a new question though
    – Lodder
    Dec 23, 2015 at 16:33
  • No not somewhere else but , lets say the form is floated left in the page , i want to display the form in main page view ie the center page Dec 23, 2015 at 16:35
  • Oh I see. You can assigned your module a custom position, then in an article, use {loadposition MYPOSITION} to call your module
    – Lodder
    Dec 23, 2015 at 16:48

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