I am building a custom plugin to process a form. I am new to custom plugins and after looking at several different tutorials I am stuck on my form action. I would like to access the process form method in the class, is this correct with EE and if so, how do I go about it.


class Myform {

public function __construct()
    $this->EE =& get_instance();

public function form()

    $form_data = array(
        "id"    => $this->EE->TMPL->form_id,
        "class" => $this->EE->TMPL->form_class,
        "action" => //process_form()

    $tagdata = $this->EE->TMPL->tagdata;

    $form = $this->EE->functions->form_declaration($form_data) . $tagdata . "</form>";

    return $form;

public function process_form()
    return "testing";
// --------------------------------------------------------------------

 * Usage
 * Plugin Usage
 * @access  public
 * @return  string
function usage()

    Documentation will go here

    $buffer = ob_get_contents();


    return $buffer;

// --------------------------------------------------------------------


1 Answer 1


You create a plugin or module? Because actions is using in Modules. You can add new action to the system using next query (usually in function install):

$sql[] = "INSERT INTO exp_actions (class, method) VALUES ('module_name', 'my_action_procedure')";

how to get action id for specific method:

 $form_data = array(
        "id"    => $this->EE->TMPL->fetch_param('form_id',''),
        "class" => $this->EE->TMPL->fetch_param('form_class',''),
        "action" => ee()->functions->fetch_action_id('module_name', 'process_form');

if you don't want to develop module, just give user option to add another template name as base for processing form, like

{ext:myform process_uri="home/process" form_id="my-form" form_class="super-form-class"}


  • $actionID = ee()->functions->fetch_action_id(CLASS, 'process_form'); is better than a custom active record query. Feb 10, 2014 at 9:08
  • agree. always forgot about this :)
    – Max Lazar
    Feb 10, 2014 at 9:13
  • rebuilding as module, let me catch up and I'll follow up
    – SuperNinja
    Feb 10, 2014 at 18:38
  • @MaxLazar - thanks for the suggestion on the module. Built successfully! I will accept your answer. One more question or just tell me to ask a new..currently after successful post I am using the default message $this->EE->output->show_message($data); Is there a way instead to redirect with the $data to new page or should I set up tags? thanks
    – SuperNinja
    Feb 11, 2014 at 6:21
  • @Bungdaddy - how did you get on with redirecting with the data? I'm also wanting to do that. Sep 2, 2014 at 20:13

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