Media management system for TYPO3 CMS.

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5.1.0 2020-06-05 08:06 UTC


Media is a tool for managing Assets for TYPO3 CMS 6.2 and is logically built on the top of FAL. The File Abstraction Layer API was introduced in TYPO3 6.0 and allows to handle files in centralised way across the CMS. Basically, Media provides the following set of features:

  • Advanced metadata handling of Assets
  • A user friendly BE module
  • Mass upload of files and post processing of files
  • Multi language handling of metadata
  • Integration with the text editor (RTE)


General View of the BE module. Latest version of Media makes use of the folder tree. This can be activated / deactivated in the Extension Manager. Notice that files can be browsed recursively by clicking the checkbox on the top right:


Fields can be displayed / hidden by picking the available columns in the drop down menu.


Advanced searching of files, by title, by categories, by usage, etc... Criteria can be cumulated.


Inline editing is as simple as clicking in the cell.


Translation of files can be done inline.


Mass edit the metadata of the files. Editable columns have an editing icon on the top where to edit a bunch of files.


Export selected data to various format: CSV, XML, XLS


A bunch of tools for the admin related to files: find duplicate files, thumbnail pre-generation, etc...


Project info and releases

Home page of the project: https://github.com/fabarea/media

Stable version released on TER: http://typo3.org/extensions/repository/view/media

Development version from Git:

cd typ3conf/ext
git clone https://github.com/fabarea/media.git

Flash news are also announced on http://twitter.com/fudriot


Download the source code either from the Git repository or from the TER for the stable versions. Install the extension as normal in the Extension Manager.


Some settings, such as default categories applied upon upload, are global and must be configured in the settings of Media in the Extension Manager.


Enable for the Editor User the correct permissions in the Backend User Group so that it can access the Media module and be able to upload files.


Besides, since Media is multi-storage capable, many settings are to be configured per storage. Make sure they are correctly set. This will not be a problem for new storage created after Media is installed, they will have default values. However, for existing storage, they will be no value.

Edit the settings of a Storage:


Apply different upload settings:


Configured target folder for each file type:


User TSConfig

You can use the option options.vidi.enableMediaFilePicker to control the display of the File Picker of Media. Pay attention, this option is only taken into consideration if the File Picker is activated in the Extension Manager first. The File Picker is the popup displayed to connect a File with a content element (like image) or with other kind of records. The Core popup is however used by default for the purpose of the folder tree. In the Media popup, the folder tree will not be displayed because of iframe issue. As tip, use the recursive browsing in Media to retrieve all your files:

# Define whether to use default file picker or the one from Media (default = 1) but
options.vidi.enableMediaFilePicker = 1


Please note that PHP setups with the Suhosin patch activated will have a default limit of 100 maximum number of variables that are allowed to be passed in the URL. This limit must be increased to 140:

suhosin.get.max_vars = 140

How to customize the Grid in Media module

Important to notice the Media BE module is powered by Vidi which is a List Component for TYPO3 CMS. To know more about Vidi and how to configure the Grid, refer to the Grid chapter.

View Helpers

Display list of files of category X

You can make use of a View Helper to retrieve a bunch of files on the Frontend. Let say we want to display a list of files "png" images coming from the storage "1" along with the associated categories. The code could look like this in your Fluid template:

<strong>Number of files: {v:content.count(matches: {storage: 1}, type: 'sys_file')}</strong>

<f:if condition="{v:content.find(matches: {storage: 1}, type: 'sys_file')}">
                <f:for each="{v:content.find(matches: '{storage: 1}', type: 'sys_file')}" as="file">
                                {file.uid} -
                                {file.metadata.title} -
                                <m:file.thumbnail file="{file}" output="imageWrapped"/>

                                <f:if condition="{file.metadata.categories}}">
                                                <f:for each="{file.metadata.categories}" as="category">

{namespace m=Fab\Media\ViewHelpers}
{namespace v=Fab\Vidi\ViewHelpers}

A more complex example here, we want to retrieve the same as before but all files belonging to categories 1,2 sorted by title as addition. We must provide "aliases" as workaround since Fluid would not parse the expression matches: {metadata.categories: '1,2'} and will return an exception.

<f:for each="{v:content.find(
                                        matches: {storage: 1, extension: 'png', categories: '1,2'},
                                        orderings: {title: 'ASC'},
                                        type: 'sys_file',
                                        aliases: {categories: 'metadata.categories', title: 'metadata.title'}



<f:for each="{v:content.find(selection: 'my-selection')}" as="file">


The same can be achieved in a programming way:

// Get the Content Repository for sys_file.
$contentRepository = \Fab\Vidi\Domain\Repository\ContentRepositoryFactory::getInstance('sys_file');

// Initialize a Matcher object.
/** @var \Fab\Vidi\Persistence\Matcher $matcher */
$matcher = \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Utility\GeneralUtility::makeInstance(\Fab\Vidi\Persistence\Matcher::class);

// Add some criteria.
$matcher->equals('storage', '1');
$matcher->equals('metadata.categories', '1'); // "metadata" correspond to the join defined in the TCA of "sys_file".

// etc... you can add more criteria as instance a "like"
$matcher->like('metadata.title', 'foo');

// Fetch the objects.
$files = $contentRepository->findBy($matcher);

Thumbnail View Helper

The thumbnail API is meant to render a preview of a file independently of its type (image, document, video, ...). Notice, only thumbnail service for "image" and "document" is well implemented. Video and audio are still on the todo list. In case no appropriate thumbnail service is found, a fallback service is called generating a dummy thumbnail.

The Thumbnail View Helper can be used as follow:

    # The minimum required:
    <m:file.thumbnail file="{file}"/>

    # Give more settings to the thumbnail:
    <m:file.thumbnail file="{file}"
            configuration="{width: 800, height: 800}"
            attributes="{class: 'file-thumbnail'}"

    # Required attributes:
    # --------------------
    # file="{file}"

    # Default values:
    # ---------------
    # configuration= array()
    # attributes = array()
    # output = image (possible values: "uri", "image", "imageWrapped")
    # preset = NULL

    # Pass some preset as for the dimension. Values can be:
    # - image_thumbnail => '100x100'  (where maximum width is 100 and maximum height is 100)
    # - image_mini => '120x120'
    # - image_small => '320x320'
    # - image_medium => '760x760'
    # - image_large => '1200x1200'
    <m:file.thumbnail file="{file}" preset="image_medium"/>

    {namespace m=Fab\Media\ViewHelpers}

    # Or if your template contains ``<section />``,
    <html xmlns:f="http://typo3.org/ns/typo3/fluid/viewhelpers"

                    <m:file.thumbnail file="{file}" preset="image_medium"/>

Besides the View Helper, a thumbnail can be generated in a programming way. The example illustrates some possibilities. For more insight, refer to the class itself. Here we go:

/** @var $thumbnailService \Fab\Media\Thumbnail\ThumbnailService */
$thumbnailService = \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Utility\GeneralUtility::makeInstance(\Fab\Media\Thumbnail\ThumbnailService', $fil::class);
$thumbnail = $thumbnailService

print $thumbnail
<a href="..." target="_blank">
        <img src="..." alt="..." title="..." />

Media Tools

Tools are registered through the Tool API provided by Vidi in ext_tables.php and can be accessed by clicking the upper right icon in the BE module. Those tools are visible for Admin only:

\Fab\Vidi\Tool\ToolRegistry::getInstance()->register('sys_file', 'Fab\Media\Tool\MissingFilesFinderTool');

File Upload API

In the BE module, File upload is handled by Fine Uploader which is a Javascript plugin aiming to bring a user-friendly file uploading experience over the web. The plugin relies on HTML5 technology which enables Drag & Drop from the Desktop as instance.

On the server side, there is an API which transparently handles whether the file come from an XHR request or a POST request.

# Code below is simplified for the documentation sake.
# Check out for more insight EXT:media/Classes/Controller/AssetController.php @ uploadAction

/** @var $uploadManager \Fab\Media\FileUpload\UploadManager */
$uploadManager = \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Utility\GeneralUtility::makeInstance(\Fab\Media\FileUpload\UploadManager::class);
try {
        /** @var $uploadedFileObject \Fab\Media\FileUpload\UploadedFileInterface */
        $uploadedFileObject = $uploadManager->handleUpload();
} catch (\Exception $e) {
        $response = array('error' => $e->getMessage());

$newFileObject = $targetFolder->addFile($uploadedFileObject->getFileWithAbsolutePath(), $uploadedFileObject->getName());

Image Optimizer API

When a image is uploaded, there is a post-processing step where the image can be optimized. By default there are two pre-configured optimizations: resize and rotate. The resize processing will reduce the size of an image in case it exceeds a certain dimension. The maximum dimension allowed is to be configured per storage. The rotate optimizer read the exif metadata and automatically rotates the image. For the auto-rotation features, credits go to Xavier Perseguers where great inspiration was found in one of his extension.

If needed, it is possible to add additional custom optimizers. Notice that the class must implement an interface \Fab\Media\FileUpload\ImageOptimizerInterface and can be added with following code:


Permission Management

Permissions management is about controlling accessibility of a file. Permissions can be defined on each file under tab "Access" where to connect a File to a Frontend Group.


Notice Media delegates file permission to third party extensions, such as extension naw_securedl. On the long term it should be considered to be used a secure local driver, however.

Basic Metadata Extractor

As a basic metadata extractor service, Media will set a title when a file is uploaded or whenever the files get indexed through the Scheduler task. The metadata title is basically derived from the file name e.g. my_report.pdf will results as My report. This should help your Editors coping with this metadata and save them some typing. Of course, the title will only be set, if no value exists beforehand.