I have created a component and need to get a constant value in the component administrator and list the item according to it. I have tried different ways to get the constant value in the display() function in 'view.html.php'. I am expecting the value will be available in the default.php with $this.

I have defined the constant in the configuration.php file, a URL is supposed to be define.

define('CONSTANTVALUE', 'the URL string');

in the display() function,

$config = JFactory::getConfig();
$constantvalue = $config->get('CONSTANTVALUE');
$this->constantvalue=  $constantvalue;

Seems this is not working. Then, I have tried:


That is also not working.

I have referred to this thread, https://stackoverflow.com/questions/21702981/joomla-3-how-to-get-value-from-configuration-file

How can I get the constant from configuration to component view file?

  • Welcome to JSE. Please take our tour. Oct 19, 2020 at 5:16
  • Please don't add random code to configuration.php.
    – Sharky
    Oct 19, 2020 at 5:17
  • @Adam-KER - Please study how to add component config params to any component in Joomla here: docs.joomla.org/J3.x:Developing_an_MVC_Component/… And then anywhere in your component you can use the ComponentHelper->getParams() method to get your parameter (constant if you like). JoomlaStackexchange is also full of answers on this topic already.
    – Zollie
    Oct 19, 2020 at 6:05
  • getParams() is a static method sorry, correctly again: ComponentHelper::getParams(), however in your own component you will get the component params via your Model as it is given in the document’ link above.
    – Zollie
    Oct 19, 2020 at 6:23
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    @Zollie Thank you so much for the response and for the link.
    – Adam-KER
    Oct 20, 2020 at 13:28

1 Answer 1


So to get it from global configuration set in configuration.php from anywhere within Joomla component, plugins, modules and templates you would use:

$config   = JFactory::getConfig();
$siteName = $config->get('sitename', 'No Site Name Specified');


$siteName  = JFactory::getConfig()->get('sitename', 'No Site Name Specified');

You can also use name spacing in preparation for Joomla 4 with the following:


use Joomla\CMS\Factory;

before the class opening.

$globalConfig = Factory::getConfig();
$siteName     = $globalConfig->get('sitename', 'No Site Name Specified'); 

Noting the 'sitename' might be case sensitive.

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