Adding and managing objects

In most of the cases; your plugin will have to manage several objects

Define an object

Objects definitions will be stored into the inc/ or src/ directory of your plugin. It is recommended to place all class files in the src if possible. As of GLPI 10.0, namespaces should be supported in almost all cases. Therefore, it is recommended to use namespaces for your plugin classes. For example, if your plugin is MyExamplePlugin, you should use the GlpiPlugin\Myexampleplugin namespace. Note that the plugin name part of the namespace must be lowercase with the exception of the first letter. Child namespaces of GlpiPlugin\Myexampleplugin do not need to follow this rule.

Depending on where your class files are stored, the naming convention will be different: - inc: File name will be the name of your class, lowercase; the class name will be the concatenation of your plugin name and your class name.

For example, if you want to create the MyObject in MyExamplePlugin; you will create the inc/myobject.class.php file; and the class name will be MyExamplePluginMyObject.

  • src: File name will match the name of your class exactly. The class name should not be prefixed by your plugin name when using namespaces. Namespaces are supported and can be reflected as subfolders. For example, if your class is GlpiPlugin\Myexampleplugin\NS\MyObject, the file will be src/NS/MyObject.php.

Your object will extends one of the common core types (CommonDBTM in our example).

Extra operations are aslo described in the tips and tricks page, you may want to take a look at it.

Add a front for my object (CRUD)

The goal is to build CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) and list views for your object.

You will need:

  • a class for your object (src/MyObject.php),

  • a front file to handle display (front/myobject.php),

  • a front file to handle form display (front/myobject.form.php).

First, create the src/MyObject.php file that looks like:

namespace GlpiPlugin\Myexampleplugin;

class MyObject extends CommonDBTM {
   public function showForm($ID, array $options = []) {
      global $CFG_GLPI;

      $this->initForm($ID, $options);

      if (!isset($options['display'])) {
         //display per default
         $options['display'] = true;

      $params = $options;
      //do not display called elements per default; they'll be displayed or returned here
      $params['display'] = false;

      $out = '<tr>';
      $out .= '<th>' . __('My label', 'myexampleplugin') . '</th>'

      $objectName = autoName(
         (isset($options['withtemplate']) && $options['withtemplate']==2),

      $out .= '<td>';
      $out .= Html::autocompletionTextField(
            'value'     => $objectName,
            'display'   => false
      $out .= '</td>';

      $out .= $this->showFormButtons($params);

      if ($options['display'] == true) {
         echo $out;
      } else {
         return $out;

The front/myobject.php file will be in charge to list objects. It should look like:

use GlpiPlugin\Myexampleplugin\MyObject;
include ("../../../inc/includes.php");

// Check if plugin is activated...
$plugin = new Plugin();
if (!$plugin->isInstalled('myexampleplugin') || !$plugin->isActivated('myexampleplugin')) {

//check for ACLs
if (MyObject::canView()) {
   //View is granted: display the list.

   //Add page header
      __('My example plugin', 'myexampleplugin'),


} else {
   //View is not granted.

And finally, the front/myobject.form.php will be in charge of CRUD operations:

use GlpiPlugin\MyExamplePlugin\MyObject;
include ("../../../inc/includes.php");

// Check if plugin is activated...
$plugin = new Plugin();
if (!$plugin->isInstalled('myexampleplugin') || !$plugin->isActivated('myexampleplugin')) {

$object = new MyObject();

if (isset($_POST['add'])) {
   //Check CREATE ACL
   $object->check(-1, CREATE, $_POST);
   //Do object creation
   $newid = $object->add($_POST);
   //Redirect to newly created object form
} else if (isset($_POST['update'])) {
   //Check UPDATE ACL
   $object->check($_POST['id'], UPDATE);
   //Do object update
   //Redirect to object form
} else if (isset($_POST['delete'])) {
   //Check DELETE ACL
   $object->check($_POST['id'], DELETE);
   //Put object in dustbin
   //Redirect to objects list
} else if (isset($_POST['purge'])) {
   //Check PURGE ACL
   $object->check($_POST['id'], PURGE);
   //Do object purge
   $object->delete($_POST, 1);
   //Redirect to objects list
} else {
   //per default, display object
   $withtemplate = (isset($_GET['withtemplate']) ? $_GET['withtemplate'] : 0);
         'id'           => $_GET['id'],
         'withtemplate' => $withtemplate

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