With this given category field I want to show the article categories.

 <field name="import_category" type="category"label="test"
            extension="com_test" /> 

I know I need to write a query to pull the categories. But I dont how to use it with the xml in config.xml. Thank you in advance

  • Hello Parvvee - I am sorry - I am little bit confused. You are using already category field, which should display a dropdown field with your categories. No need for a query. Now sure what I am missing with your question... Can you clarify what you are trying to achieve? – FFrewin Apr 24 '16 at 16:01

For getting articles' categories inside the xml of your extension:

    label="Select a category"
    description="Select your desired category" />

In case this field doesn't meet your needs, you can fetch custom data directly from the database using the sql field:

    label="Select a category"
    query="SELECT id, title FROM #__categories WHERE extension = 'com_content'"
    <option value="">Please select your category</option>

Note that the database prefix should be entered in the form #__

More info on how to use these 2 form fields:

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  • thank you very much @FFrewin.. .. .thank you so much ... now that i understand to place the right extension when pulling out the category.. and sql way is also very helpful..thank you .. – Parvvee Apr 24 '16 at 18:26

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