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In 4.5 we integrated a new page tree based on Ext JS with enhanced features like drag and drop, inline editing, an improved context menu and a lot more. The tree was implemented as a Navigation Component.

Available Options

The following options are available for the new page tree:

  • options.alertPopups
    • this option is still respected
  • options.pageTree.showPathAboveMounts
    • [Boolean] Shows the user db mount path above the mount itself (useful if you work a lot with user db mounts)
  • options.pageTree.showPageIdWithTitle
    • [Boolean] Shows the page id as a prefix of the title
  • options.pageTree.showNavTitle
    • [Boolean] Shows the navigation title instead of the title if available
  • options.pageTree.disableIconLinkToContextmenu
    • [Boolean] Disables the left click on an icon that opens the contextmenu
  • options.pageTree.hideFilter
    • [Boolean] Disable the filter feature in the top panel
  • options.pageTree.showDomainNameWithTitle
    • [Boolean] Shows the domain name as a suffix of the title if available
  • options.contextMenu.table.pages.disableItems
    • [String] Comma-separated list of items that should be disabled from the contextmenu (view,disable,enable,edit,info,history,new,cut,copy,pasteInto,pasteAfter,delete,mountAsTreeroot,expandBranch,collapseBranch)
  • options.pageTree.doktypesToShowInNewPageDragArea
    • [String] Comma-separated list of doktype id's that should be added the new node top panel feature (defaults to "1,6,4,7,3,254,255,199")
  • options.pageTree.backgroundColor.<pid> = <color>
    • [Array] List of pages with a dedicated color for permanent highlighting in the tree (e.g. options.pageTree.backgroundColor.10675 = rgba(255, 0, 0, 0.1))
    • Available since TYPO3 6.0

Also you can define a global PHP configuration setting to define a preload limit of nodes for the tree. An huge value will improve the responsiveness of the tree, but also increases the amounts of executed queries.


Furthermore it's possible to change the maximum title length that is displayed in the tree. Either by changing the value inside your user setup or by defining it for all users at once as default or override value. The latter option must be written into the user/group typoscript.


setup.default.titleLen = 132

How to use the tree JavaScript files in your components

If you want to use the JavaScript files for your own navigation component, I need to disappoint you: the files were not cleaned up to be available for general usage. This task needs some bigger cleanups and modifications to the current code base and will be done for 4.6. The main goal for 4.5 was to stabilize the page tree.

24672: TYPO3 Core - Refactor the pagetree javascript files to be usable by other trees [Rejected]

Context menu

The implementation of the context menu was completely changed with the rewrite of the page tree to be easier configurable and more flexible. As a consequence you will need to rewrite your current context menu actions to fit the new way. A demo extension can be found attached to the the following ticket.

24753: TYPO3 Core - ClickMenu Items from own extensions wont work anymore [Closed]

How to add custom actions

Generally a context menu action just needs to have a configuration entry in the actions TypoScript array and an extension to the actions JavaScript object.

The following snippet demonstrates how the new action can be added to the default user ts config:


$GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['BE']['defaultUserTSconfig'] .= '
    options.contextMenu {
        table.pages.items {
            710 = ITEM
            710 {
                name = customAction
                label = LLL:EXT:cmaction/locallang.xml:customAction
                icon = ' . t3lib_div::locationHeaderUrl(t3lib_extMgm::extRelPath($_EXTKEY) . 'ext_icon.gif') . '
                spriteIcon =
                displayCondition =
                callbackAction = customAction
                customAttributes =

The numeric value "710" means that the action should be added after the history action that has the numeric value "700". If there would be another action with a value between this range, it would be shown before your new one. The contained properties don't need to be defined all.

  • name
    • Name of the action to be excludable (see options in this wiki page)
  • label
    • Language label of the action
  • icon
    • Image that should be shown at the left of the action
  • spriteIcon
    • Sprite icon key that can be used to add a sprite icon instead of a single image
  • displayCondition
    • Condition that is parsed and decides if the action should be shown for the node
  • callbackAction
    • Javascript callback action that should be triggered after a click on the action in the contextmenu
  • customAttributes
    • Typoscript array of custom attributes that can be used for your actions

Afterwards you need to extend the "TYPO3.Components.PageTree.Actions" JavaScript with your defined callback action. The JavaScript file needs to be included with the t3lib_pageRenderer singleton.

Ext.onReady(function() {
    Ext.apply(TYPO3.Components.PageTree.Actions, {
        customAction: function(node, tree) {
                function(response) {
                    Ext.MessageBox.alert('Custom Action', response);

The defined callback will call an Ext.Direct method that returns a specific string. The parameters for the callback function are:

  • node
    • Tree node (node.attributes.nodeData containts lot's of information about the node)
  • tree
    • Tree instance (for interactions with the tree)
  • contextItem
    • The called context menu item (contextItem.customAttributes contains the defined custom attributes)

Add the following code to your ext_localconf.php to include a custom script that is called while loading the backend. This script can include the JavaScript file described above.

$GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['typo3/backend.php']['additionalBackendItems'][] = t3lib_extMgm::extPath('cmaction', 'backend_ext.php');


if (is_object($TYPO3backend)) {
    $pageRenderer = $GLOBALS['TBE_TEMPLATE']->getPageRenderer();
    $path = t3lib_extMgm::extRelPath('cmaction');
    $pageRenderer->addJsFile($path . 'customAction.js');

Have a look at the mentioned demo example how you can work with the node in your Ext.Direct data provider. The usage of Ext.Direct is explained on another wiki page.

Option "displayCondition"

The displayCondition property has a special syntax that is similar to a PHP if condition. You can use the logical operators && and || to chain the conditions. For the comparison of return values in the condition you can use the operators =, >= and <=. The return values are provided by methods of the node class t3lib_tree_pagetree_Node. If an array is returned, you can access an index by using the | operator. If this sounds tricky, look at the existing conditions in the file t3lib/config_default.php and at the example below.


displayCondition = getRecord|hidden = 1 && canBeDisabledAndEnabled != 0

This condition would call the getRecord() method that returns the complete record array of the page. The index hidden of this array is checked if it's true and is afterwards chained with an && ("AND") operator to the next condition, which checks whether a node can be disabled and enabled, and returns a boolean value. If it's true, the condition matches. If both conditions evaluate to true, the context action is displayed.

Predefined callback action to open a custom URL

There exists a predefined callback action that you can use to open a defined URL inside the content frame. It's called "openCustomUrlInContentFrame" and needs a defined custom attribute named "contentUrl". The keyword ###ID### is automatically replaced with the selected page id.


720 = ITEM
720 {
    name = customAction2
    label = LLL:EXT:cmaction/locallang.xml:customAction2
    icon = ' . t3lib_div::locationHeaderUrl(t3lib_extMgm::extRelPath($_EXTKEY) . 'ext_icon.gif') . '
    spriteIcon =
    displayCondition =
    callbackAction = openCustomUrlInContentFrame
    customAttributes.contentUrl = mod.php?M=web_WorkspacesWorkspaces&id=###ID###