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The HelperOptions class

This helper is used to generate a configuration form, the values of which are stored in the configuration table. Example: the “Preferences” page.

The HelperOptions helper is the recommanded way for managing configurations for legacy part.

Options declaration

Fields inside [brackets] are optional. Values between {curly braces} list the possible values for this field.

$this->fields_options = [
  'general' => [
    'title' => $this->l('Carrier options'),                      // The title of the fieldset. If missing, default is 'Options'.
    'top' => $this->l('Text to display before the fieldset'),    // This text is display right above the first. Rarely used.
    'image' => 'url to icon',                                    // If missing, will use the default icon for the tab.
    'description' => $this->l('Display as description'),         // Displays an informational box above the fields.
    'info' => $this->l('Display as info'),                       // Displays an unstyled text above the fields.
    'fields' => [                                                // The various option fields.
      'PS_CARRIER_DEFAULT' => [                                  // The array is named after the option's ID. It must be the
                                                                 // same name as the value stored in the ps_configuration table.
        'title' => $this->l('Default carrier:'),                 // The name of the option.
        'desc' => $this->l('The default carrier used in shop'),  // The description of the option.
        'cast' => 'intval',                                      // Using this option, you can cast the variable's content
                                                                 // into a known value. You can use boolval, floatval, intval
                                                                 // or strval depending on value type you want to receive.
        'validation' => 'isInt',                                 // Validate the field with method of Validate class
        'type' => {'text', 'hidden', 'select', 'bool', 'radio',  // The kind of input field you want to use.
          'checkbox', 'password', 'textarea', 'file', 'textLang',
          'textareaLang', 'selectLang'},
        'suffix' => 'kg',                                        // Display after the field (ie. currency).
                                                                 // For text fields or password fields only.
        'identifier' => 'id_carrier',                            // The unique ID for the form.
        'list' => [list do display as options],             // For select field only.
        'empty_message' => $this->module->l('Display if list is empty'), // For select field only
        'cols' => 40,                                            // For textarea fields only.
        'rows' => 5,                                             // For textarea fields only.
        'thumb' => 'url to thumb image',                         // For file fields only.
        'is_invisible' => {true, false}                          // Disable the field depending on shop context.
      'another_field' => [
    'submit' => [
      'title' => $this->module->l('Save'),
  'another fieldset' => ...

For multilang configuration fields you can use Lang version i.e. textLang is the multilang version of text field.

Basic declaration

Removing all the optional fields, this is how to build a basic HelperOptions element:

$this->fields_options = array(
    'general' => array(
        'title' => $this->l('Parameters'),
        'fields' => array(
            'PS_MYMODULE_OPTION1' => array(
                'title' => $this->l('Choose one'),
                'desc' => $this->l('Choose between Yes and No.'),
                'cast' => 'boolval',
                'type' => 'bool'
            'PS_MYMODULE_OPTION2' => array(
                'title' => $this->l('Add some text'),
                'desc' => $this->l('This is where you can add some text'),
                'cast' => 'strval',
                'type' => 'text',
                'size' => '10'

This specific code generates this HTML code (simplified here for readability reasons):

<form id="_form" name="_form">
      <labe>Choose one</label>
        <label><img alt="Yes" src="../img/admin/enabled.gif" title="Yes" /></label>
        <input type="radio" value="1" />
        <label><img alt="No" src="../img/admin/disabled.gif" title="No" /></label>
        <input type="radio" value="0" checked="checked" />
        <p>Choose between Yes and No.</p>
    <div class="clear"></div>
      <label>Add some text</label>
        <input type="text" value="" />
        <p>This is where you can add some text</p>

Radio button example

    'type' => 'radio',
    'title' => $this->module->l('My config title'),
    'validation' => 'isInt',
    'choices' => [
        'myconfigvalue1' => $this->module->l('My value 1'),
        'myconfigvalue2' => $this->module->l('My value 2'),

Checkbox example

    'type' => 'checkbox',
    'title' => $this->module->l('My config title'),
    'validation' => 'isInt',
    'choices' => [
        'myconfigvalue1' => $this->module->l('My value 1'),
        'myconfigvalue2' => $this->module->l('My value 2'),

Select example

    'type' => 'select',
    'title' => $this->module->l('My config title'),
    'validation' => 'isInt',
    'identifier' => 'id',
    'list' => [
        ['id' => 'myconfigvalue1', 'name' => $this->module->l('My value 1')],
        ['id' => 'myconfigvalue2', 'name' => $this->module->l('My value 2')],