Currently in Joomla 3.2, selecting "Save as copy" on a menu item copies the details but not the module assignments into a new menu item. (I believe module assignments were copied in Joomla 2.5)

Is there a way to copy menu items in Joomla 3.2 while also copying module assignments?

  • I realized I completely misread your post. Like completely way off. I deleted my answer. I was thinking you were copying modules, you're copying menu items. This may actually be considered a "bug" to be honest. I'd look for a way to submit that as a feature request to be put back in a future version.
    – Brian Peat
    Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 1:56
  • Would it worked if you created a new menu item and chose the menu type as Menu item Alias? You would have to do this for each menu item you wanted to 'copy'.
    – TryHarder
    Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 2:13
  • Interesting, I didn't realize that was an option. I just played around with it but, the module assignments weren't copied Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 13:14
  • @BrianPeat thanks, I've opened #33647 in the bug tracker. Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 16:09
  • Interesting, this doesn't happen in a clean install of Joomla 3.2.2 Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 20:01

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You can't do that as modules are assigned to a menu item id and saving a menu item as new will give it a new menu Id which no modules are assigned to.

Moving an item will keep its id but not copying.


I needed exactly the same thing so I made a plugin that makes Save as copy work that way. You can find it here: https://github.com/alexxandar/copy-module-assignments

  • I would like to test it, but install gives me an error "Unable to find install package". I have tried on both J3.4.8 on PHP5.6 and J3.5.0-rc4 on PHP7. How should I proceed?
    – Mikan
    Commented Mar 20, 2016 at 11:03
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    Just copy the files to Joomla install, go to Extension Manager and then to Discover option. I haven't packed so that it can be installed the standard way. Honestly it was late and I was tired :) Soon I will repack the files so that you can install regular way. Thanks
    – Alexxandar
    Commented Mar 20, 2016 at 11:53
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    Hvala druze, radi... Thanx bro, it's working... Nice one!
    – Mikan
    Commented Mar 20, 2016 at 12:46

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