I need to trigger code when an article is moved from one category to another.

onContentAfterSave works fine for a single article, but what if I move articles via Actions -> Batch? Is there a trigger for that?

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There is an event regarding batch process:

onBeforeBatch(BeforeBatchEvent $event)

and the $event array param is passing the source Table and the type of batch operation, however I have never seen this in use in any plugin.

But what I think is useful event for you to use most probably, without knowing the full purpose, is the

onTableAfterStore(AfterStoreEvent $event)

This event is firing right after the batch operation and the $event param in this case is passing the table and the result

// Extract arguments
/** @var TableInterface $table */
$table  = $event['subject'];
$result = $event['result'];

References to onBeforeBatch event:

This Event class is defined in src/Event/Model/ : https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms/tree/4.3-dev/libraries/src/Event/Model

According to my fast test in Joomla core taggable plugin, this event is firing when we do a copy type Batch operation on content(articles) items (so at move type operation it does not), so it ignites when we are copying items. I have not checked yet why it is that way.

The event is used in Behaviour/taggable core plugin: https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms/blob/4.3-dev/plugins/behaviour/taggable/src/Extension/Taggable.php

And the event is property of the Admin Model in Joomla: https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms/blob/4.3-dev/libraries/src/MVC/Model/AdminModel.php

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    Thanks, @Zollie. Is there documentation for this I can look before placing questions? Or do you know this by digging into Joomla's code? docs.joomla.org/Plugin/Events does not include any reference to onBeforeBatch :( Commented Apr 7, 2023 at 15:51
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    Yes, i can link you the references: 1. This is event is part (property) of the Admin Model: github.com/joomla/joomla-cms/blob/4.3-dev/libraries/src/MVC/… , so you can check and see it in the code.
    – Zollie
    Commented Apr 7, 2023 at 16:17
  • Maybe i should include these links in my answer too for making it easier for anybody to get references on this event.
    – Zollie
    Commented Apr 7, 2023 at 16:25

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