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Path Formatter


  • Allows you to show a user friendly "object information' instead of technical path in Pimcore data types such as Many-To-One, Many-To-Many (Object) etc.
  • Uses Ajax to request nice path info on demand (i.e. after rendering)


In this example, we want to display the asset metadata title of the target asset.

Asset Metadata

Formatter Class

Configuration via class editor

Dependency Injection is the preferred way of using a Path Formatter:

Formatter Class DI

There is still a BC layer to use class-names instead, but this is deprecated and will be removed with Pimcore 6.0.

Formatter Class

Sample Formatter Class


namespace AppBundle\PathFormatter;

use Pimcore\Model\Asset;
use Pimcore\Model\Element\ElementInterface;
use Pimcore\Model\DataObject\BlogArticle;
use Pimcore\Model\DataObject\ClassDefinition\Data;
use Pimcore\Model\DataObject\ClassDefinition\PathFormatterInterface;
use Pimcore\Model\DataObject\Concrete;
use Pimcore\Model\DataObject\News;

class TheFormatter implements PathFormatterInterface
     * @param $result array containing the nice path info. Modify it or leave it as it is. Pass it out afterwards!
     * @param ElementInterface $source the source object
     * @param $targets list of nodes describing the target elements
     * @param $params optional parameters. may contain additional context information in the future. to be defined.
     * @return mixed list of display names.
    public function formatPath(array $result, ElementInterface $source, array $targets, array $params): array
        /** @var  $fd Data */
        $fd = $params["fd"];
        $context = $params["context"];

        foreach ($targets as $key => $item) {
            $newPath = $item["path"] .  " - " . time();
            if ($context["language"]) {
                $newPath .= " " . $context["language"];

            if ($item["type"] == "object") {
                $targetObject = Concrete::getById($item["id"]);
                if ($targetObject instanceof News) {
                    $newPath = $targetObject->getTitle() . " - " . $targetObject->getShortText();
                }  else if ($targetObject instanceof BlogArticle) {
                    $newPath = $targetObject->getTitle();
            } elseif ($item["type"] == "asset") {
                $asset = Asset::getById($item["id"]);
                if ($asset) {
                    $title = $asset->getMetadata("title");

                    if (!$title) {
                        $title = "this guy does not have a title, use " . $newPath . " instead";
                    if ($fd instanceof Data\ManyToManyRelation) {
                        $newPath = '<img src="' . $asset . '" style="width: 25px; height: 18px;" />' . $title;
                    } else {
                        $newPath = $title;
            // don't forget to use the same key, otherwise the matching doesn't work
            $result[$key]= $newPath;
        return $result;

Note regarding batch assignment The containerType will be batch and the object ID will be the folder ID.