I'm updating a website selling online services that has a complimentary App acting as a mobile front end to the Joomla v1.5 CMS. The App communicates via a component (com_mobile) using JSON data exchanges. The URL's are typically of the type:


Researching the latest v3.4 Joomla I find that format=raw has been dropped and there is now a Joomla Ajax Interface (com_ajax) component. Nice, but I don't want to break the usability of the nearly 100,000 mobile installations already using the (soon to be legacy) v1.5 url format.

Is there a way to re-introduce the "format=raw" option into the latest version of Joomla? Other suggestions welcome (url rewrite?) ?

  • Try looking at following: joomla.stackexchange.com/questions/146/… May 13, 2015 at 7:32
  • Yes I had found that question. It's a year old now and I wanted to check if there had been further developments in Joomla >3.3 that should be taken into consideration. It's a bit of a hack. I was hoping to find something that was future proof so I don't have to revisit it again with a next major release.
    – Seoras
    May 13, 2015 at 22:20
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    What are you talking about that format=raw has been dropped? I have no knowledge about it and last time I tested it was working just fine. Please add a link to an official document stating the removal of this feature. May 16, 2015 at 18:26

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I thought I'd close this one off with what I ended up doing to solve my migration process. In the end I bought a copy of jbackend which you can find in joomla extensions directory which is a plugin solution with component support making it very flexible and customisable. Can't recommend it enough. It's been running on my site for a few years now and the App has about 30k monthly users which it supports without problems.

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