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Image Editable


The image editable adds an placeholder for images out of the assets module. The biggest advantages of using that instead of (for example) the href editable:

  • You are able to specify generated thumbnail properties (including high-res)
  • There is a image preview rendered in the administration panel
  • You can specify additional attribute for generated <img> or <picture>
  • You can crop the image directly inline
  • You can put hotspots and markers on the actual image


Name Type Description
title string You can give the image widget in editmode a title. Using the new style (ExtJS 6) this title is displayed as a tooltip.
width integer Width of the image in pixel
height integer Height of the image in pixel
thumbnail string Name of the configured thumbnail which should be used
hidetext boolean Hides the input for the ALT-text in editmode
reload boolean Set true to reload the page in editmode after updating the image
minWidth integer Min. width of the image (in pixel)
minHeight integer Min. height of the image (in pixel)
ratioX integer Set width in pixel to make sure a fixed aspect ratio size is choosen in the crop tool. Must be used with ratioY.
ratioY integer Set height in pixel to make sure a fixed aspect ratio size is choosen in the crop tool. Must be used with ratioX.
attributes array Custom attributes for the tag - this can be used to pass custom attributes (not w3c)
removeAttributes array You can remove standard attributes using this configuration, e.g. "removeAttributes" => ["controls","poster"]
uploadPath string Target path for (inline) uploaded images
highResolution float Factor the thumbnail dimensions should be multiplied with (html attributes width and height contain the original dimensions ... used for *Retina displays, print, ...)
disableWidthHeightAttributes bool Width & height attributes are set automatically by pimcore, to avoid this set this option (eg. to true => isset check)
disableAutoTitle bool Set to true, to disable the automatically generated title attribute (containing title and copyright from the origin image)
disableAutoAlt bool Set to true, to disable the automatically generated alt attribute
disableAutoCopyright bool Set to true, to disable the automatically appended copyright info (alt & title attribute)
dropClass string This option can be used to add multiple alternative drop-targets and context menus on custom HTML elements in your code.

Just add the class specified here also to custom HTML elements and they will get a drop target too.
deferred bool Set to false to disable deferred (on demand) thumbnail rendering
class string A CSS class that is added to the surrounding container of this element in editmode

You can also pass every valid <img> tag attribute (w3.org Image), such as: class, style


Name Arguments Return Description
getThumbnail($name) (string/array) $name Thumbnail Get a specific thumbnail of the image
getText() / getAlt() - string, alt/title text from the image The entered alternative text in the widget
getSrc() - string, absolute path to the image The path to the original image which is referenced
getImage() - Image The asset object which is referenced (\Pimcore\Model\Asset\Image)
getHotspots() - array Returns the hotspot data (see example below)
getMarker() - array Returns the marker data (see example below)
isEmpty() - bool Whether the editable is empty or not


Basic usage

<?= $this->image("myImage"); ?>

The code above generates an image area in the backend and displays the image at the frontend.

The empty backend area: Empty image area

The filled backend area: Filled image area

Advanced Usage

In the example below you can see how to add a title and specify size of the image area. Note that if you use the thumbnail argument, the rendered image on the frontend will use the specified thumbnail.

Learn more about thumbnails here: Image Thumbnails.

<?= $this->image("myImage", [
    "title" => "Drag your image here",
    "width" => 200,
    "height" => 200,
    "thumbnail" => "contentimages"
]); ?>
Backend Preview

Image with title and specified size - the backend preview

An Example with a Direct Thumbnail Configuration

You can also change the thumbnail configuration:

<?= $this->image("myImage", [
    "title" => "Drag your image here",
    "width" => 200,
    "height" => 200,
    "thumbnail" => [
        "width" => 200,
        "height" => 200,
        "interlace" => true,
        "quality" => 90
]); ?>

An Example Using Custom Attributes

<?= $this->image("myImage", [
    "thumbnail" => "content",
    "attributes" => [
        "custom-attr" => "value",
        "data-role" => "image"
]) ?>

And this is how the rendered html looks: <img custom-attr="value" data-role="image" src="/website/var/tmp/image-thumbnails/0/56/thumb__content/dsc03807.jpeg" />

Other Advanced Examples

// get retina image
<?= $this->image("myImage", [
    "thumbnail" => [
        "width" => 200,
        "height" => 200
    "highResolution" => 2
]); ?>

// will output<img src="/website/var/thumb_9999__auto_xxxxxxxx@2x.png" width="200" height="200" /> <!-- but the real image size is 400x400 pixel -->

// custom image tag (thumbnail objects)
<?php if($this->editmode): ?>
    <?= $this->image("myImage", ["thumbnail" => "myThumbnail"]); ?>
<?php else: ?>
    <?php $thumbnail = $this->image("myImage")->getThumbnail("myThumbnail"); ?>
    <img src="<?= $thumbnail; ?>" width="<?= $thumbnail->getWidth(); ?>" height="<?= $thumbnail->getHeight(); ?>" data-custom="xxxx" />
<?php endif; ?>
// disable automatic width and height attributes
<?= $this->image("myImage", [
    "thumbnail" => "exampleScaleWidth",
    "disableWidthHeightAttributes" => true
]) ?>
// custom drop targets
<div class="myCustomImageDropTarget anotherClass">My first alternative drop target</div>
<?= $this->image("image", [
    "thumbnail" => "contentfullimage",
    "dropClass" => "myCustomImageDropTarget"
]) ?>
<div class="myCustomImageDropTarget someClass">My second alternative drop target</div>

Field-specific Image Cropping for Documents

Backend Usage

Right-click on the image editable in editmode and press Select specific area of image image options in the editmode

Now you're able to select the desired area on the image: image cropping in the editmode

Therefore, there is no need any more to define specific images or thumbnails if a specific region of an image should be displayed. Just assign the original image and define field specific cropping directly within the document.

Markers & Hotspots

This functionality is available on every image editable (no configuration necessary).

Setting a marker or a hotspot on an image has no direct effect on the output, the assigned image is displayed as usual.

Image hotspots and markers

You as a developer have to get the data out of the image editable to build amazing frontends with it.

You can get the data with the methods getMarker() and getHotspots(). All dimensions are in percent and therefore independent from the image size, you have to change them back to pixels according to your image size.

Code Usage Example

        <?= $this->image("myImage", [
            "title" => "Drag your image here",
            "width" => 400,
            "height" => 400,
            "thumbnail" => "content"
        ]); ?>
        <?php if(!$this->editmode): ?>
            // outside the editmode: do something with the data
            if($this->image("myImage")->getHotspots()) {
            if($this->image("myImage")->getMarker()) {
        <?php endif; ?>

getHotspots output:

array(1) {
  [0] => array(6) {
    ["top"] => float(36.8)
    ["left"] => float(39.5)
    ["width"] => int(5)
    ["height"] => float(6.6666666666667)
    ["data"] => array(2) {
      [0] => object(Pimcore\Model\Element\Data\MarkerHotspotItem)#171 (3) {
        ["name"] => string(30) "checkbox_data_added_to_hotspot"
        ["type"] => string(8) "checkbox"
        ["value"] => bool(true)
      [1] => object(Pimcore\Model\Element\Data\MarkerHotspotItem)#172 (3) {
        ["name"] => string(28) "object_data_added_to_hotspot"
        ["type"] => string(6) "object"
        ["value"] => int(6)
    ["name"] => NULL

getMarker output:

array(1) {
  [0] => array(4) {
    ["top"] => float(35.466666666667)
    ["left"] => float(69.9)
    ["data"] => array(1) {
      [0] => object(Pimcore\Model\Element\Data\MarkerHotspotItem)#173 (3) {
        ["name"] => string(31) "Textarea data added to the marker"
        ["type"] => string(8) "textarea"
        ["value"] => string(38) "Here is a description of marked place."
    ["name"] => NULL