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  1. Install TAO (2.4+)
  2. Get the zipped extension
  3. Unzip it in your TAO root folder
  4. Make sure your web server has read/write access to taoDocs

Install the extension

  1. Log into TAO Back Office with your TaoManager account
  2. Go to “Settings”(upper right corner) -> “Extensions Manager”
  3. Select taoDocs, and install it

Simple Examples

Hello World

* Create the class.TestController.php in the actions folder

     class taoDocs_actions_TestController extends tao_actions_CommonModule

* Create the sayHello() method

     public function sayHello() {
          echo 'Hello World';
  • Before you can test it, you will need to run the script /tao/scripts/taoPreparePublicActions.php (in a shell using php). This will grant you access to the newly created action.

  • To run the action visit ROOT_URL/taoDocs/TestController/sayHello (if your TAO Home is http://localhost/myinstall/tao/Main/index this would translate to http://localhost/myinstall/taoDocs/TestController/sayHello). If you get an “Access Denied” instead of the expected Hello world message, make sure you properly set up the extension in TAO as described in the preparation step of this tutorial here above. Make sure, www-data may fully access the files on the file system of your extension.

Hello Template

* Create the hello.tpl file in views/templates

     Hello <?=get_data('name')?>

* Update the sayHello() method to define the template and the parameter

     public function sayHello() {
          $this->setData('name', 'bertrand');
  • To test this action visit

Hello Parameter

* Update the sayHello() method to use the GET parameter “name”

     public function sayHello() {
               $name = $this->getRequestParameter('name');
               $name = 'everybody';
          $this->setData('name', $name);
  • Pass the parameter “name” in the url to test it

Integration with TAO

Adding a structure

* Open the actions/structures.xml

* Add a new structure with a section

**** In the structures.xml add the tag

  An example extension.
  • When refreshing the TAO home screen, the new extension should be visible

Adding a tree

* Add the tag into trees in the structures.xml file

  • The extension taoDocs now shows a list of the files in in

Adding an action

* Add the tag into actions in the structures.xml file

* Add the following code to the class.Browser.php

public function delete(){
    $filepath = DOCS_PATH.$this->getRequestParameter('uri');
    $deleted = taoDocs_helpers_FileUtils::deleteFile($filepath);
    if ($deleted) {
        //remove the current selection from the session
  • After refreshing the page, you will see a disabled delete button at the bottom of the Tree. Selecting a file will activate it, and allow you to delete the file.

  • If you wish you can now try to add your own actions, like duplicating a file, or creating an form to upload new files