Customizing Media Manager

These examples show how to load copies of com_media views and templates instead of their core counterparts for customization without hacking any core Joomla files.

Here is the secret sauce to override com_media views and templates. A system plugin with an onAfterInitialise() event handler to capture request data and evaluate parameters using JInput. For example,

// no direct access
defined ( '_JEXEC' ) or die ( 'Restricted access' );


class plgSystemMcm extends JPlugin { 

    public function onAfterInitialise() {

        $input = JFactory::getApplication()->input;

        if('com_media' == $input->getCMD('option')) {



        return true;

    protected function loadView($view)
        if (('images' == $view) || ('imagesList' == $view)) {

            $overridePath = FOFPlatform::getInstance()->getTemplateOverridePath('com_media', true) . '/' . $view;

            require_once $overridePath . '/view.html.php';

Application Specific onAfterInitialise()

This version of the onAfterInitialise() function shows how to apply the override for just the frontend (site) views and templates.

public function onAfterInitialise() {

    $app = JFactory::getApplication();

    if ($app->isSite()) {

        if('com_media' == $app->input->getCMD('option')) {



        return true;

    return false

Create the new custom templates and views by copying the folders from the com_media component into your template folders. For example, if you want to customize media manager for your protostar template, copy the com_media folders into the protostar template as follows:

  1. copy
  2. copy

Directory structure of com_media protostar template overrides.

  • templates
    • protostar
      • html
        • com_media
          • images
            • tmpl
              • default.php
          • view.html.php
          • imageslist
            • tmpl
              • default_folder.php
              • default_image.php
              • default.php
          • view.html.php

Then modify both copies of view.html.php to include their respective default.php template copies.

At the end of the display function, comment out or replace,

with an include directive to the template copy,
include( dirname(__FILE__) . '/tmpl/default.php');

for example, in both the images and imageslist folders:

include( dirname(__FILE__) . '/tmpl/default.php');

Also comment or replace both loadTemplate('folder') and loadTemplate('image') function calls in the imageslist default.php template and include their file and folder default.php template copies.

for example,

<?php for ($i = 0, $n = count($this->folders); $i < $n; $i++) :
	//echo $this->loadTemplate('folder');
	include( dirname(__FILE__) . '/default_folder.php');
endfor; ?>

<?php for ($i = 0, $n = count($this->images); $i < $n; $i++) :
	//echo $this->loadTemplate('image');
	include( dirname(__FILE__) . '/default_image.php');
endfor; ?>

The com_media views and templates will now be loaded instead of their core counterparts and can be customized without hacking any core Joomla files. The plugin code above can be found here on GitHub. The next page covers extending the com_media controller to handle base64 image uploads.

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