I want to show the intro image of articles in Joomla 3.10 search results (com_search).

In previous Joomla 3 versions, I know that you could do this:

  1. Create template override:

    /templa tes/template_name/html/com_search/search/default_results.php
  2. Then get access to the images using this code:

    $images = json_decode($result->images);

Now I see in Joomla 3.10 that $result only has these values:

[relevance] => 
[title] => 
[metadesc] => 
[metakey] => 
[created] => 
[language] => 
[catid] => 
[text] => 
[section] => 
[slug] => 
[catslug] => 
[browsernav] => 
[href] => 
[jcfields] => 
[count] => 

Is there any way to get access to article images?

1 Answer 1


The search component (com_search) gets its results from search plugin and it returns precomputed data of article's most needed parts.

I can give you just a quick example how you could fetch article but it may affect the overall performance, because you're going to load them one by one.

The first method via the JTable:

$article = JTable::getInstance('Content', 'JTable');
$images = json_decode($article->images);

The second method via the JModelLegacy

JModelLegacy::addIncludePath(JPATH_SITE.'/components/com_content/models', 'ContentModel');
$model = JModelLegacy::getInstance('Article', 'ContentModel', array('ignore_request' => true)); 
$model->setState('params', JApplication::getInstance('site')->getParams()); 
$article = $model->getItem($result->slug);
$images = json_decode($article->images);

In case of JTable you can provide array of slugs and fetch many articles, but you need to parse $results variable in your template override. Mind that the code I've presented has no checks at all, but it builds basic playground to start with.

  • Hey, thanks, JTable method works. And any idea, how to get an image from a Contact, instead of Article?
    – bolando
    Oct 17, 2022 at 7:31
  • Same way with minor upgrade. JTable::addIncludePath(JPATH_ADMINISTRATOR.'/components/com_contact/tables'); $table = JTable::getInstance('Contact', 'ContactTable'); $table->load(array('id'=>$result->slug)); var_dump($table->image);
    – Elboyler
    Oct 17, 2022 at 20:29
  • Thanks, it also works!
    – bolando
    Oct 19, 2022 at 8:03

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