Im trying to get ExtraFields from K2 Articles. I have assigned my menu to Latest from Users or Categories in order to display all articles from several categories.

It displays fine. But these articles have ExtraFields information that I want to display, but there is no option to display ExtraFields, so I suppose that in order to do this I need to change latest.php page, which is the page used to display all articles from different Categories.

As latest.php doesn't display ExtraFields I'm trying to code it as the following:

$extrafields = array();
foreach($this->item->extra_fields as $item)
$extrafields[$item->id] = $item->value;
<?php if(isset($extrafields[X]) === true):?>
<?php echo $extrafields[X]; ?>
<?php endif; ?>

Though, I'm getting the following error:

Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in ...

I've been searching ways to get ExtraFields, found some solutions but this is the error i get every time.

Any ideas or solutions?

Best regards.

I'm using joomla 2.5.

  • 1
    First: Migrate to Joomla 3.x Second: Get more familiar with PHP. $item->extra_fields seems to be something different than an array. If you need a better answer, you should provide more details. Which 'lastest.php'? Which ExtraFields? Feb 13, 2015 at 23:29
  • Hello, thank you for your comment. I don't want to migrate to Joomla 3.x. I want to stay in 2.5 (I know that I should, but not for this website). I provided more details in my question. Can you figure out what I want?
    – azhpo
    Feb 16, 2015 at 7:38
  • You should ensure that $this->item contains extra fields. Please do a var_dump($this->item); and check for extra fields there. Feb 16, 2015 at 15:08
  • This may not help, but the one time I worked on some K2 stuff, only the item page used $this->item, anything that wasn't the actual item page used $item->. I'm not a programmer though, so it's possible the for each statement will get around that, but I just know in a module we wanted to pull extra fields into did NOT work using $this.
    – Brian Peat
    Feb 16, 2015 at 17:51
  • Do you know which template you have to modify, and how to make the matching template override? latest.php is part of com_k2, and (at least in the J3.5-version) has a subtemplate called latest_item.php. Create a template override of this one and edit. (and for the template override don't miss to copy the whole folder com_k2/templates since the overriding only works with the files lying in that folder.)
    – lars k.
    Feb 18, 2015 at 18:37

2 Answers 2


I just did it like this:

This code comes to the file latest_item.php:

<?php if (isset($this->item->extra_fields)) : ?>
  <div class="catItemExtraFields">
    <?php if (is_string($this->item->extra_fields)) {
        $this->item->extra_fields = json_decode($this->item->extra_fields);
      foreach ($this->item->extra_fields as $key=>$extraField) {
        if ($extraField->value != '') {
          echo "<li>".$extraField->name.": ".$extraField->value."</li>";
<?php endif; ?>

You could do some more checking for existing members and so on.


Assuming you want to display data from the extra fields inside the latest.php, then :

Inside the appropriate foreach loop that goes through your content items and prints out each k2 item go as this:

<?php $extra = json_decode($item->extra_fields); ?>

$extra will be an array with the extra fields and their values.

<?php print_r($extra); ?>

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