Getting settings

How to get configurations and settings

The first thing most Single Page Applications (SPAs) do when they are booting is: Load settings, configurations and other static data from the server. This could be:

  • Static URLs to media-folders
  • TypoScript settings that are needed in the frontend
  • A list of countries or languages that should be selectable in the frontend

This example illustrates how you could create an public endpoint that returns various settings and configurations to the frontend application.

Almost all the values are retrieved using oneliners from the extension nnhelpers which is installed as a dependency for EXT:nnrestapi. In other words: They are there and ready to be used.

namespace My\Extension\Api;

use Nng\Nnrestapi\Annotations as Api;
use Nng\Nnrestapi\Api\AbstractApi;

 * @Api\Endpoint()
class Settings extends AbstractApi
    * @Api\Access("public")
    * @return array
   public function getIndexAction()
      $settings = [];

      // Get baseUrl of current website
      $settings['baseUrl'] = \nn\t3::Environment()->getBaseUrl();

      // Get all languages from site config.yaml (e.g. for a language switcher)
      $languages = \nn\t3::Settings()->getSiteConfig()['languages'] ?? [];
      $settings['languages'] = \nn\t3::Arrays($languages)->key('hreflang')->pluck('title')->toArray();

      // Get full TypoScript settings for plugin.tx_myextension.settings
      $settings['settings'] = \nn\t3::Settings()->get('myextension');

      // Get TypoScript setup from plugin.tx_myextension.settings.somedeep.path
      $settings['paths'] = \nn\t3::Settings()->get('myextension', 'somedeep.path');

      // Get list of countries (EXT:static_info_tables needs to be installed)
      $settings['countries'] = \nn\t3::Environment()->getCountries();

      // Get configuration for an extension from the extension manager
      $settings['extConf'] = \nn\t3::Settings()->getExtConf( 'myextension' );

      // Get an absolute link to a page in the frontend
      $settings['imprintUrl'] = \nn\t3::Page()->getLink( 2, true );

      return $settings;

To see the results, send a GET request to:

Example result of what you get:

   "baseUrl": "",
   "languages": {
      "de-de": "Deutsch",
      "en-US": "English"
   "paths": {
      "images": "",
      "docs": ""
   "countries": {
      "de": "Deutschland",
      "it": "Italien",
      "es": "Spanien"
   "extConf": {
      "maxSessionLifetime": 3600
   "imprintUrl": ""