I've created a Joomla 3 template. When I install the template, I'd like to have the template images automatically install into the joomlaroot/images location. The reason I'd like to do this is because several templates will share the same images. I know I can manually put the images in whatever folder I like, but I'd prefer to have it done automatically when I install the template.

  • Is it possible to have a templates images automatically install to the joomlaroot/images directory? If yes, how can I do it?
  • If no, are there any alternative ways of achieving the same thing?

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Basically, you could use an installer script, and create/copy the files after installation. The problem is that AFAIK templates does not trigger the script.

I suggest you create a package, and then include your template there, because the package installer should call the installer script.

Then create your postflight script by adding this to your XML file:


And somthing like this in the script.php file (not tested):


defined('_JEXEC') or die('Restricted access');

class pkg_helloWorldInstallerScript {

    function install($parent) {


        //change this to the name of the folder you want to create
        $newfolder = 'myfolder';

        if(JFolder::create(JUri::root() . 'images/' . $newfolder)) {        
            //duplicate the line below as many times as you want for each file you want to move
            JFile::move(JUri::root() . 'templates/TEMPLATENAME/images/image.png', JUri::root() . 'images/' . $newfolder);

Original code by @Lodder

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