I am developing a component which has a front-end form. In this form it must be possible to select and upload a File to a user-specific directory.

I found and tested the module Easy File Uploader and it fits my requirements for uploading files (I am using the option "Upload to Username subfolders". The module will then create a folder for each user). The component only allows me to upload files, but not select them again. I placed the module in my edit-form of the component.

Now i have a directory like this:

  • Images
    • User1
      • File1
      • File2
      • File3
      • File4
      • ...
    • User2
      • File1
      • ...

Now i want to be able to select the files again. (So I can store the filepath for the profile image into the Database) I thought about using a simple dropdown, but how can I realize it with the mvc pattern of joomla 3.3?


Oh, im a bit blind, so I found the form field "filelist" on the joomla docs: http://docs.joomla.org/Filelist_form_field_type

Is there a way to set the directory in the code dynamically?

  • What have you tried to far? Have a look into Joomla's filesystem package, using JFolder and JFile
    – Lodder
    Aug 28, 2014 at 19:48
  • I think i won't have a problem with looping the folder, but how do I apply this data to the form-xml file?
    – Marc T.
    Aug 28, 2014 at 20:16
  • 1
    JForm can take a string as xml as well, so you can create an array structure from the data then convert to xml and pass it to JForm. Aug 28, 2014 at 21:38

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In your model, after loading the form, you can use setFieldAttribute to set the directory dynamically like so:

$form->setFieldAttribute('myfile', 'directory', 'media/media/images');

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