In my custom component, I have a sidebar with several entries. These are added using JHtmlSidebar::addEntry(...), as described in Joomla Documentation.

Most of these sidebar menu items will rarely be used by users. I want to group the different sidebar items. Or maybe add a menu heading in between some of them.

Is this at all possible? I can't find any info on this.

Any input is most welcome. Thanks!


JHtmlSidebar is pretty simple and doesn't support headings/separators or anything like that. But you can fake them by adding the required HTML to the language string used as a name for the entry and omitting the link.

The language string:

COM_MYCOMPONENT_SUBMENU_SEPARATOR="<span class=\"class-for-separator\"></span>"

The addEntry() calls:



If you want more control over the sidebar layout, you can create an override of joomla.sidebars.submenu layout specifically for your component.

Finally, you don't even have to use JHtmlSidebar to create a sidebar for your component.

  • Thanks @Sharky! That works perfectly. :)
    – TVBZ
    Feb 27 '20 at 12:56
  • Just out of curiosity.. How would you add the sidebar without using JHtmlSidebar?
    – TVBZ
    Feb 27 '20 at 12:56
  • Any way you want. It's just a list of links.
    – Sharky
    Feb 27 '20 at 17:34

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