I need to get a com_contacts item the same way Joomla does (so I can re-use a template for example). I know I can get the item by querying the database directly, but that won't prepare things the same way Joomla das in com_content.

I can get contacts by category id fine with:

require_once JPATH_SITE . '/components/com_contact/helpers/route.php';
JModelLegacy::addIncludePath(JPATH_SITE . '/components/com_contact/models', 'ContentModel');
$categoryModel = JModelLegacy::getInstance('Category', 'ContactModel', array('ignore_request' => true));
$categoryModel->setState('category.id', 53);
$categoryModel->setState('list.ordering', 'a.name');
$categoryModel->setState('list.direction', 'asc');
$categoryModel->setState('filter.published', 1);
$contacts = $categoryModel->getItems();
echo '<pre><tt>';print_r($contacts[0]);

How would I get a contact item by it's item id?


  • To make it somewhat clearer: "same way Joomla does" meaning also including params, attribs, jcfields (custom fields) properties for example.
    – Marcel
    Jul 25 '18 at 15:02

To get single contact by ID, use Contact model:

JModelLegacy::addIncludePath(JPATH_SITE . '/components/com_contact/models', 'ContactModel');
$model = JModelLegacy::getInstance('Contact', 'ContactModel', array('ignore_request' => true));
$model->setState('contact.id', $contactId);
$model->setState('params', $params);
$contact = $model->getItem();

Where $contactId is the contact's ID and $params is the params. Params must be a Registry object. You can create a new Registry object or use app/component params, depending on your needs:

use Joomla\Registry\Registry;
$params = new Registry;


$params = JFactory::getApplication()->getParams();


use Joomla\CMS\Component\ComponentHelper;
$params = ComponentHelper::getParams('com_contact');
  • Thank you very much for your fast answer. Still, I get an error: __clone method called on non-object in /htdocs/components/com_contact/models/contact.php on line 245
    – Marcel
    Jul 25 '18 at 16:05
  • Ah, I see. $model->setState('params', $params); seems to be required.
    – Marcel
    Jul 25 '18 at 16:19
  • Had to add tags like this: $tags = new JHelperTags; $tags->getItemTags('com_contact.contact', $contactId);
    – Marcel
    Jul 26 '18 at 16:18

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