While writing an import script, I need to create categories for the data, and am successfully accomplishing that with the below code. However, I can't determine how set the created_user_id column of the table.

The script is not logging in, but the created_user_id is always ignored, creating the category record with 0.

UPDATE Originally asked about path, but added ->rebuildPath()` - still no luck with the created_user_id

function createCategory( $title, $parent_id, $note=null ) {
    $table = JTable::getInstance('category');
    $data = array();
    $data['title'] = $title;
    $data['parent_id'] = $parent_id;
    $data['extension'] = 'com_content';
    $data['published'] = 1;
    $data['created_user_id'] = 123456;
    $table->setLocation($data['parent_id'], 'last-child');
    if ($table->check()) {
        // Success
    } else {
        // Error

2 Answers 2


To get around the problem, we used $app->login() before saving. This seemed to be the cleanest answer for our situation, as a great number of other category and content items were being added at the same time.


JTableCategory sets that property in the store function, so you will have to do a bit of a hack to get it to work.

You can either set the user that you want the id to be in the session:

$session = JFactory::getSession();
$user = JFactory::getUser($user_id);
$session->set('user', $user);

Literally just add that in place of this line: $data['created_user_id'] = 123456;. It should then automatically get set for the created_user_id.

Alternately, you would have to run the store twice like this:

$table->created_user_id = 123456;

The category table class only sets the created_user_id if it is a new object. The first store creates the record in the database and will store the id back in $table. Then you can reset the value that you want and store again. (Note that this way will then set the modified_time and modified_user_id incorrectly...)

  • Setting the $session user didn't seem to do the trick, and the double store might have worked, but we changed the code to use the $model->save() and it caused all the content plugins to be fired twice.
    – GDP
    Sep 19, 2014 at 2:34

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