In yesterday’s post we learnt how to create a basic plugin that would change the OPAC pink once installed.

It was a great example to get us up and running, but it lacked any form of user configuration.. what if they wanted a green OPAC instead? Today we will remedy that by adding a basic configuration page and using the store_data and retrieve_data methods to maintain our settings.

Lets add a configuration page to our plugin. Koha uses Template Toolkit for its pages and plugins are no different. You can even use core includes in your templates to maintain the same look as the rest of Koha. Lets add our template asset within a directory next to our base class: /FancyPlugin/

Lets start the file with some boilerplate: The following will add the standard Koha <head>, set the title of the page to conform with tradition and add a breadcrumb as well as including the opening <div> for the main content.

[% INCLUDE '' %]
    <title>Koha: FancyPlugin: Configuration</title>
[% INCLUDE '' %]

    [% INCLUDE '' %]
    [% INCLUDE '' %]

    <div id="breadcrumbs">
        <a href="/cgi-bin/koha/">Home</a>
        &rsaquo; <a href="/cgi-bin/koha/plugins/">Plugins</a>
        &rsaquo; Fancy Plugin
        &rsaquo; Configuration
    <div class="main container-fluid">

Now we can add the plugin specific content. Koha has a fairly consistent page layout using the bootstrap CSS frame work, and we can emulate that to make our plugins configuration page look polished.

Let’s add a placeholder for a logo:

        <div class="col-sm-2">
                <img src="" />

Finally, lets add a form and complete the template:

        <div class="col-sm-10 col-sm-push-2">
                <h3>Koha: Fancy plugin: Configuration</h3>
                <!-- Notice our form here has no 'action', this is good, it means that our forms will always get passed back to 'plugins/'. You could hard code it instead if you prefer -->
                <form method="get">
                    <!-- Always pass these two parameters so the plugin system knows what to execute! -->
                    <input type="hidden" name="class" value="[% CLASS | html %]"/>
                    <input type="hidden" name="method" value="[% METHOD | html %]"/>
                    <fieldset class="rows">
                        <legend>Color Settings</legend>
                                <label for="color">Color: </label>
                                <select name="color">
                                [% FOREACH option IN options %]
                                    [% IF option == color %]
                                    <option value="[% option %]" selected="selected">[% option %]</option>
                                    [% ELSE %]
                                    <option value="[% option | html %]">[% option | html %]</option>
                                    [% END %]
                                [% END %]
                    <fieldset class="action">
                         <input type="hidden" name="save" value="1" />
                         <input type="submit" value="Save configuration" />
                         <a class="cancel" href="/cgi-bin/koha/plugins/">Cancel</a>


    [% INCLUDE '' %]

Now we have a template, but we don’t yet have any code behind it. We need to add a method to our class to display this template and handle the storage of data.

In this case, we’ll use the configure hook. If a plugin is found to contain such a method then a link to your configuration page will be presented to the user on the plugins management page.

sub configure {
    my ( $self, $args ) = @_;
    my $cgi = $self->{'cgi'};

    unless ( $cgi->param('save') ) {
        my $template = $self->get_template({ file => '' });

        ## Define a list of color options
            options => [ 'pink', 'red', 'orange', 'blue' ],

        ## Grab the values we already have for our settings, if any exist
            color => $self->retrieve_data('color'),

        $self->output_html( $template->output() );
    else {
                color => scalar $cgi->param('color'),

Our configure method includes a few more methods inherited from our base class. Firstly, we can see that there is a reference to the global cgi object from $self. This allows us to use cgi methods to access the form parameters.

We also use the retrieve_data and store_data methods to handle saving and referencing our configuration. These methods allow us to store data in the koha database in a table that’s unique to our plugin.

Finally, we should update the hook used in our first post to utilise the new configuration.

sub opac_head {
    my ( $self ) = @_;

    my $color = $self->retrieve_data('color');
    return qq{
        body {background-color: $color;}