I'm writing a component that will rely on Joomla's Categories to manage its own categories.

Everything's working OK, I just cannot figure out how to change my component's Categories list title.

I'd like to show "My Component Name or whatever: Categories" on the top title bar just like it happens with Articles and Banners Categories.

Thanks a lot!

Custom Component categories

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I found the solution.

We must not use the string COM_MYCOMPONENT = "My component", as per the "component name", but the "extension name" as is shown on the url.



The language string must be COM_MYCOMPONENT_SOMECATEGORYTYPE on administrator/language/en-GB/com_mycomponent.ini

Thanks @Zollie and @Sharky for the tips.


You need to add a certain language string to the admin language file of your component. The most basic is simply the name of the component, for example COM_CONTENT. So in the language file you would add:


If you're using category sections in your component, append the section, e.g. COM_CONTENT_ARTICLES. You can optionally append _CATEGORIES_TITLE suffix to allow different string specifically in this view, since the generic ones are used in many other places where content types are needed. So COM_CONTENT_CATEGORIES_TITLE or COM_CONTENT_ARTICLES_CATEGORIES_TITLE also work.

  • I'm sorry, but I cannot get that to work. Following your tip, I even searched com_banners.ini and com_banners.sys.ini for a string for "Banners: Categories", and could not identify it. Can you please point how is that made on com_banners? (it's probably less confusing than com_content) Thanks. Apr 9, 2023 at 17:41
  • @AlexandrePaulo - what @Sharky is saying is when you place a language string into your administrator/language -> en-GB -> com_mycomponent.ini file for example: COM_MYCOMPONENT="My Component" then the com_categories extension automatically will take that string and add it before the word Categories and you'll get the title you are looking for.
    – Zollie
    Apr 11, 2023 at 16:11

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