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Using the backward compatibility module


PrestaShop's module API has greatly improved between version 1.4 and version 1.5 of the software.

Because there is a huge ecosystem of modules that are being upgraded to support the 1.5 module API while many shops are still using PrestaShop 1.4, the developers of PrestaShop chose to build Backward Compatibility, a free module which is only available for PrestaShop 1.4, and makes it possible to make 1.5 modules work in PrestaShop 1.4.

Including this module makes it possible to develop a 1.4 module that uses PrestaShop 1.5 standards.

The 1.5 API's Helpers (HelperForm, HelperView, etc.) are still not available in PrestaShop 1.4.

Therefore, the following declarations are not necessary anymore:

global $smarty, $cookie;

The information they provide is available through these calls:

$this->context->smarty->assign('content', 'empty');

Download and install

You can download it directly from PrestaShop's repository:
Just clone the Git project, then copy the content of the folder to the root folder of the module you are developing.

You do not have to click "Install" on this module in PrestaShop's "Modules" administration.

It is useless the install the module in PrestaShop 1.5.

How to use the module

To properly us the module, you must first declare it in the module constructor method:

public function __construct()
    $this->name = 'testmodule';
    $this->tab = 'other';
    $this->version = '0.1';
    $this->author = 'Firstname Lastname';
    $this->need_instance = 0;


    $this->displayName = $this->l('Test module');
    $this->description = $this->l('This is a test module');
    $this->confirmUninstall = $this->l('Warning: all the data saved in your database will be deleted. Are you sure you want uninstall this module?');

    /* Backward compatibility */
    if (_PS_VERSION_ < '1.5')

Once this is in place, you can use more of the 1.5 API's goodness, such as the Context.

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