I have an override for the category/blog.php layout and i want to display a headerimage and a subtitle with the custom fields introduced in joomla 3.7. For this implementation I already use Joomla 3.9.3.

I have already used custom fields in articles and it works fine, but not in categories.

To get this to work I limit this to the subtitle. On the screenshot you can see I added a custom field "subtitle" to Category and finally the input field for the subtitle will be placed only in categories (and not in articles).

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I tried to display the custom field like the ones in my articles in the other override in category/blog_item.php (-> https://docs.joomla.org/J3.x:Adding_custom_fields/Overrides, Section "Loading individual fields")

    // File location: /templates/templatename/html/com_content/category/blog.php

    // loop first to make the fields easy to reference via the field name as a key
    foreach($this->item->jcfields as $jcfield):
        $this->item->customFields[$jcfield->name] = $jcfield;

    echo $this->item->customFields['subtitle']->label;
    echo $this->item->customFields['subtitle']->name;
    echo $this->item->customFields['subtitle']->value;
    echo $this->item->customFields['subtitle']->rawvalue;

I also tried it with this code and only the name and the label of the custom field "subtitle" is displayed:

    foreach(FieldsHelper::getFields('com_content.categories', $child) as $field) :
         $child->customFields[$field->name] = $field;

    echo $child->customFields['subtitle']->label;
    echo $child->customFields['subtitle']->name;
    echo $child->customFields['subtitle']->value;
    echo $child->customFields['subtitle']->rawvalue; 

What am I doing wrong?

  • As a matter of best coding practices, please get in the habit of writing a single space before and after concatenating dots/commas. One of these days, you might be banging your head against the wall wondering why your "clearly accessed object" isn't being accessed. stackoverflow.com/q/8288414/2943403 (php version dependent outcomes regarding code ambiguity) For that matter, when I am echoing data, I always use commas for concatenation because it clarifies the script's action as "displaying" rather than concatenating while declaring -- which a dot must be used for. Feb 22, 2019 at 22:54
  • We need more context. Where is this code placed exactly? Is $this->item really a category object? Does $this->item->jcfields actually contains the fields? Is $child a category object?
    – Sharky
    Feb 26, 2019 at 15:56

1 Answer 1


I had pieces of my code from https://joomla.stackexchange.com/a/23675/13353, but this didn't help me.

And further today I found a solution on https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms/issues/23227.

The problem was, that i don't have the current category id. Now with this, it's working. Thank you @Sharky for your tip, what object is $child.

$category   = JRequest::getInt('id');
echo 'cat id is: '. $category;
$currentCatFields = FieldsHelper::getFields('com_content.categories', $this->category, true);
echo '<pre>',print_r($currentCatFields,1),'</pre>';

foreach ($currentCatFields as $field) : 
echo $field->label . ':' . $field->value; 
  • You don't need to get category ID and assign it to $category (it's not the same as $this->category). You just needed to pass category object which you already had ($this->category instead of $this->item) to FieldsHelper::getFields().
    – Sharky
    Feb 27, 2019 at 8:13
  • Also avoid using JRequest. It's been long deprecated and will not be available in Joomla 4.
    – Sharky
    Feb 27, 2019 at 8:14
  • Thank you for your explanation. Do I also get this work in index.php?
    – Cbinger
    Feb 27, 2019 at 9:20
  • Category object is not available in template's index.php file. You'd have to retrieve it and its fields. See similar answer about articles joomla.stackexchange.com/a/23050/12652.
    – Sharky
    Feb 27, 2019 at 9:55

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