We have created a lot of different extensions. It is annoying to do a separate installation for each one. This is not reasonable for a user. Moreover, some of these extensions build on each other and it is important to make sure that everything is installed and nothing has been forgotten. Therefore, in this concluding chapter I show how different extensions are packed together into one installation package.

For impatient people: Look at the changed programme code in the Diff View[^github.com/astridx/boilerplate/compare/t41...t42] and apply these changes to your development version.

Step by step

In this section we will create an installation package.

New files


administrator/manifests/ packages/foos/script.php

Like the component, a package can be extended with an optional script. In our case, we check whether the installation requirements are met in terms of minimum versions for Joomla and PHP.

administrator/manifests/ packages/foos/script.php

// https://github.com/astridx/boilerplate/raw/210867f3a4211ecff2c364f292bc4250cd75bc71/src/administrator/manifests/packages/foos/script.php

 * @package     Joomla.Site
 * @subpackage  pkg_foos
 * @copyright   Copyright (C) 2005 - 2019 Astrid Günther, Inc. All rights reserved.
 * @license     GNU General Public License version 2 or later;
 * @link        astrid-guenther.de

\defined('_JEXEC') or die;

 * Installation class to perform additional changes during install/uninstall/update
 * @since  __BUMP_VERSION__
class Pkg_FoosInstallerScript
	 * Extension script constructor.
	 * @since   __BUMP_VERSION__
	public function __construct()
		$this->minimumJoomla = '4.0';
		$this->minimumPhp    = JOOMLA_MINIMUM_PHP;
administrator/manifests/ packages/pkg_foos.xml

You already know the manifest. In the case of a package, there is little new here. In the area of the files to be copied, you specify the installation packages of the extensions that are to be installed.

administrator/manifests/ packages/pkg_foos.xml

<!-- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/astridx/boilerplate/t42/src/administrator/manifests/packages/pkg_foos.xml -->
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<extension type="package" version="1.0" method="upgrade">
	<packager>Astrid Günther</packager>
	<copyright>(C) ##YEAR## Astrid Günther. All rights reserved.</copyright>
	<author>Astrid Günther</author>
	<license>GNU General Public License version 2 or later; see LICENSE.txt</license>
		<!-- The id for each extension is the element stored in the DB -->
		<file type="component" id="com_foos">com_foos.zip</file>
		<file type="module" id="mod_foo" client="site">mod_foo.zip</file>
		<file type="plugin" id="plg_webservices_foos" group="webservices">plg_webservices_foos.zip</file>
		<file type="template" id="tpl_facile" client="site">tpl_facile.zip</file>
		<server type="extension" name="Foo Updates">https://raw.githubusercontent.com/astridx/boilerplate/tutorial/foo_update.xml</server>
	<dlid prefix="dlid=" suffix="" />

Test your Joomla Template

  1. make a new installation. To do this, uninstall your previous installation.

  2. create a ZIP file for each extension.

  3. create a ZIP that contains all ZIP files and the files of this chapter.

  4. install the ZIP created in point 3 in Joomla.

  5. make sure that all the extensions specified in the files section have been installed.