I have lots of custom filters in my J3 front-end components and I'm trying to convert to J4, but always get

0 Call to a member function getcatid() on bool


namespace Sfi\Component\Aaprueba\Site\Field;

defined('_JEXEC') or die();

use Joomla\CMS\Form\FormHelper;
use Joomla\CMS\Form\FormField;

class filtercatid extends FormField 
    protected $type = 'filtercatid';
    public function getCatid($value) 
                class="form-control js-example-basic-single"
                <option value="uno">Uno</option>
                <option value="dos">Dos</option>


protected function populateState($ordering = null, $direction = null)   
    $catid = $this->getUserStateFromRequest($this->context.'.filter.catid', 'filter_catid');
    $this->setState('filter.catid', $catid); 
    parent::populateState('a.espacio', 'ASC');

protected function getListQuery()


namespace Sfi\Component\Aaprueba\Site\View\Espacios;

\defined('_JEXEC') or die;

use Joomla\CMS\Factory;
use Joomla\CMS\MVC\View\HtmlView as BaseHtmlView;
use Joomla\CMS\Helper\ContentHelper;
use Joomla\CMS\HTML\HTMLHelper;
use Joomla\CMS\MVC\View\GenericDataException;

class HtmlView extends BaseHtmlView
    protected $state;
    protected $items;
    protected $pagination;

    public function display($tpl = null)
        $this->state        = $this->get('State');
        $this->items        = $this->get('Items');
        $this->pagination   = $this->get('Pagination');

        if (\count($errors = $this->get('Errors')))
            throw new GenericDataException(implode("\n", $errors), 500);

        return parent::display($tpl);


use Joomla\CMS\HTML\HTMLHelper;
use Joomla\CMS\Language\Text;
use Joomla\CMS\Router\Route;
use Joomla\CMS\Uri\Uri;
use Joomla\CMS\Layout\FileLayout;
use Joomla\CMS\Form\FormHelper;
<form action="<?= Uri::current() ?>" method="post" name="adminForm" id="adminForm">
    < ?php 
        $selectCatid = FormHelper::loadFieldType('filtercatid', false);

Please, is there some information about how create custom filters in Joomla 4 without using a xml form? Thanks, JL


1 Answer 1


You don't need to use a form field class if you don't intend to use it with Form API. There are many ways a loose HTML element can be rendered. You could make it into a HTML service, use one of the provided HTML services (e.g. Joomla\CMS\HTML\HTMLHelper::_('select.genericlist')), put it in a plain helper class or in a layout. And if it's not meant to reusable, you can just hardcode it in the tmpl/espacios/default.php layout.

That said, if you still want it to be loadable as a field, you need to rename the class from filtercatid to FiltercatidField. The class file needs to be renamed the same way. And before calling FormHelper::loadFieldType(), call this to add the namespace for lookup:

  • Thank you for edit and your complete answer. I think hardcode in the layout option and loading as a filed are the best solutions for me. I have followed your instructions and now it works fine.
    – Peli
    Commented Dec 7, 2022 at 9:44

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