hello i created a form in front via a plugin in my tmpl i create a file value_form.php (compatible with the component)

<form id="contact-form-'.$formid.'" method="POST" class="form-validate" enctype="multipart/form-data">
    <div class="form-group control-group submit-button">
    <input type="submit" name="submit" value="'.JText::_('FLEXI_FIELD_EMAIL_SUBMIT_LABEL_VALUE').'" class="'.$submit_class.'">
    <input type="hidden" name="emailtask" value="plg.email.submit" />
    <input type="hidden" name="formid" value="'.$formid.'" />
    <input type="hidden" name="emailauthor" value="'.$addr.'" />
    <input type="hidden" name="itemid" value="'.$item->id.'" />
    <input type="hidden" name="itemtitle" value="'.$item->title.'" />
    <input type="hidden" name="itemalias" value="'.$item->alias.'" />
    <input type="hidden" name="itemauthor" value="'.$item->author.'" />
    <input type="hidden" name="catid" value="'.$item->catid.'" />
    <input type="hidden" name="return" value="" />

and i need to get the value in my 'helper' email.php i do this

$id = $jinput->post->get('formid', '', '');
$datas = $jinput->post->get($id, array(), 'array');

and to get value

$fromemail = $datas['emailfrom'];

but this value is already empty i have value of my form if field aren't hidden type ....

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thanks for any help

  • SUPERGLOBALs are keyed by the field's name, not by a substring in the table's id attribute. Why not try to access the hidden input fields' values by name attribute? Jun 19, 2021 at 8:26
  • hello sorry i don't understand your reply, can you explain more ? Jun 19, 2021 at 20:01

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The $_POST array structure is determined by the name attribute of each field which exists inside of the <form></form> tags.

All of the basics are here: https://docs.joomla.org/Retrieving_request_data_using_JInput

The array option is appropriate when you have brace-syntax in the field's name to express a nested structure on the field's submission data. example

Although Joomla does have getArray(), I recommend that you systematically grab the field values individually and include the default value and sanitisation technique when accessing the data.

From docs: $input->post->get(param_name, default_value, filter);

In practice:

$emailTask   = $input->post->get('emailtask', '', 'CMD');
$formId      = $input->post->get('formid', '', 'WORD');
$emailAuthor = $input->post->get('emailauthor', '', 'RAW'); // because stripping tags can potentially damage fringe case email addresses; use additional sanitisation step before using this value
$itemId      = $input->post->get('itemid', '', 'INT');
$itemTitle   = $input->post->get('itemtitle', '', 'STRING');
$itemAlias   = $input->post->get('itemalias', '', 'STRING');
$itemAuthor  = $input->post->get('itemauthor', '', 'STRING');
$catId       = $input->post->get('catid', '', 'INT');
$return      = $input->post->get('return', '', 'RAW');

If your expected post data isn't even making it to the destination where you expect it, then your issue is not in receiving the data, but sending it to the right place.

I don't know what is rendered by:


so I don't know know if there is <form></form> inside of your form tags.

  • ok cool thanks for explain ! i replace $fromemail = $datas['emailauthor']; for $emailauthor = htmlspecialchars($_POST['emailauthor']); And that works ! Jun 21, 2021 at 7:35
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  • yes sorry i will do this thanks Jun 22, 2021 at 8:24

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