I want to get the HTML source of an old version of an article from the version history without restoring it. I can only seem to get a rendered preview or a change list in HTML from the compare option.

Is this possible?

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Revisions are stored in the #__ucm_content table. The version number is the core_version field. If you want, for example, to get the body of the 2nd reversion of the article with ID 123, you issue the following query:

SELECT `core_body` FROM `#__ucm_content` WHERE `core_content_item_id` = '123' AND `core_version` = 2;
  • Thanks. So I take it that this has to be done with server access, not through the administrator web portal?
    – James
    Commented Sep 14, 2017 at 15:13
  • You can probably install a DB extension that lets you do it via the admin section.
    – TryHarder
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 2:29

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