I am new to joomla and I want to create a table in joomla database manually with the data and get those details to an article in joomla. Before that as my knowledge we need to get the database connection to a connection variable. I searched in the locally installed Joomla directory to find a file containing the database connection code base. I want to know is there a way to get the connection into a separate variable as follows

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    Jan 17, 2019 at 6:38
  • @Zollie I have updated the question. Jan 17, 2019 at 8:41
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    @Zollie got your point with full respect. Jan 17, 2019 at 19:29

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To get started with querying the Joomla way, you'll need a database connection object. All the heavy lifting is already done for you.

$db = JFactory::getDbo();

Using this object, there is a sea of methods that can be chained to it.

Normally, the next step will be to declare a new query object. This object also has many methods which allow you build a valid mysql query.

$query = $db->getQuery(true);

After this, you'll need to see the documentation about how to convert raw mysql syntax to Joomla's query building syntax.


To give you a pool of working snippets with explanation and error reporting, search this site for my answers to mysql questions. All of my answers are tested to be correct, unless I express in the post that my snippet is untested


I am confident that my answers will help you to find clarity.


To achieve what you want in Joomla! way, you need to develop/create a Joomla! content plugin, Joomla! documentation is excellent guide to complete this step: https://docs.joomla.org/J3.x:Creating_a_content_plugin

Then, you need to know how to select data from database tables, also Joomla! documentation has a good tutorial to read in this context: https://docs.joomla.org/Selecting_data_using_JDatabase

  • I have completed the task only by using the second step. Is it necessary to do the first step as well because from the second step I completed my task. Jan 19, 2019 at 10:31
  • It is necessary to have a reusable and permanent solution, most probably you have hacked a Joomla or another extension file, where all changes will be lost on the first Joomla/Extension update. Jan 19, 2019 at 13:19
  • Got your point. Jan 19, 2019 at 16:10

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