I am trying to make a module to bring back all articles in a category "holidays" that have a tag of "cuba"

All the examples I can find are tag clouds or getting tags for the current article.

Does anyone have any code or pointers to understanding the Tag tables so I could write the SQL. The end result is a travel site showing other holidays with tag x.


  • Now up to 1000 views on this question, I wonder if its worth me submitting a PR to the Joomla project to add this as a core module. Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 15:28

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Some nice chap has already created a module that displays articles with a certain TAG so no hacking involved,

I suppose it would be simple (depending on your coding experience) to add a new parameter of CATEGORY to the module XML and alter the model to incorporate this new parameter as well to this and build your own custom module

Custom module to pull in articles of a certain TAG

  • Thanks, I found that with a random google query on the getTagItemsQuery method after doing this question, I'd not seen it the weeks I'd been looking before. Commented Jul 18, 2014 at 13:03
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    If you get round to adding the category filter why not fork the project ;-) Good Luck
    – MOLEDesign
    Commented Jul 18, 2014 at 13:20
  • Just seen this in a search result - I forked this a while ago and tidied it up / added in some additional options. Not sure if it helps, but have a gander at github.com/muckypuddle/joomla-tags-selected if you're interested. Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 12:20

You can easily get all articles tagged with a tag, but not from a specific category, so you'd have to check for that in a step 2.

In JHelperTags (defined in libraries\cms\helper) there is a method

public function getTagItemsQuery( $tagId, $typesr = null, $includeChildren = false, $orderByOption = 'c.core_title', $orderDir = 'ASC', $anyOrAll = true, $languageFilter = 'all', $stateFilter = '0,1' )

Assuming you know the id of your tag, you'd call the function with

$tagsHelper = new JHelperTags;
$articles = $tagsHelper->getTagItemsQuery( $tagId, 'com_content.article', true, 'c.core_publish_up', 'DESC', true, 'all', '1' );

Then just filter articles you need.

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