A collection of extended Symphony CMS base classes that can be extended to add extra features and helpers. 2021-09-01 01:43 UTC


A collection of extended Symphony CMS base classes that can be extended to add extra features and helpers.


This library is installed via Composer. To install, use composer require pointybeard/symphony-extended or add "pointybeard/symphony-extended": "~1.0.0" to your composer.json file.

And run composer to update your dependencies:

$ curl -s http://getcomposer.org/installer | php
$ php composer.phar update


This library requires PHP7.3 or greater.

This library also makes use of the PHP Helpers: JSON Functions (pointybeard/helpers-functions-json). It is installed automatically via composer.

To include all the PHP Helpers packages on your project, use composer require pointybeard/helpers



Extend your extension.driver.php class with pointybeard\Symphony\Extended\AbstractExtension instead of \Extension.

Provides the following extra class method:

status, handle, about, and install

In addition, this extended class expects to find a file extension.json in the extension folder. This is essentially a JSON representation of the extension.meta.xml file however adds support for dependencies. E.g.

    "id": "my_awesome_extension",
    "name": "My Awesome Extension",
    "description": "This describes the extension.",
    "repo": "https://github.com/pointybeard/my_awesome_extension.git",
    "homepage": "https://github.com/pointybeard/my_awesome_extension",
    "type": [
    "authors": [
            "name": "Alannah Kearney",
            "email": "hi@alannahkearney.com",
            "homepage": "http://alannahkearney.com",
            "role": "Developer"
    "require": [
    "releases": [
            "version": "1.0.0",
            "date": "2020-03-28",
            "min": "2.7.10",
            "max": "2.x.x"
            "version": "0.1.0",
            "date": "2010-01-10",
            "min": "2.6.x",
            "max": "2.x.x"

Dependencies are checked prior to commencing installation. If your extension has a custom install() method, be sure to include a call to parent::install();.


Extend your custom Data Sources with pointybeard\Symphony\Extended\AbstractSectionDatasource instead of \SectionDatasource.

This extended class gives you the ability to define your $dsParamFILTERS array with field element names instead of ID values making your data source more portable (i.e. if the field ID changes, your data source doesn't need to be updated).

Note: By extending AbstractSectionDatasource, your data source can no longer be edited via the Symphony Data Source editor.


If you believe you have found a bug, please report it using the GitHub issue tracker, or better yet, fork the library and submit a pull request.


We encourage you to contribute to this project. Please check out the Contributing documentation for guidelines about how to get involved.


"Extended Base Class Library for Symphony CMS" is released under the MIT License.