Remove the article ID from Joomla content article URLs when SEF is enabled

If your Joomla site is not equipped with a super SEO app that will strip away that very visible article ID: /34-the-great-article-title-alias, Joomla 3 does have a 'hidden' parameter to make the URL read as /the-great-article-title-alias, but it requires some effort, and is worth it. Once done, it's yours for your everlasting Joomla life.

Create A Plugin For The Job

A System plugin will serve best for the task because it is loaded globally, unless instructed otherwise.

1. Create the folder which will contain all the files and give it a relative name

2. Create the primary function file within the folder and keep the name similar to the folder for simplicity

<?php defined('_JEXEC') or die();
* @package      plg_system_strip_article_id
* @copyright   Copyright (C) All rights reserved.
* @license      GNU General Public License version 2 or later; see

class plgSystemStrip_Article_Id extends JPlugin {

      public function onContentPrepareForm($form, $data) {
   // global content configuration form
   if( $form->getName() == 'com_config.component' && JFactory::getApplication()->input->get('component') == 'com_content' ) {
      $form->loadFile('contentconfig', false);


3. Create the installer XML file within the folder and give it the same name as the function file


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<extension version="3.7.0" type="plugin" group="system" method="upgrade">
   <name>System - Strip Article ID</name>
   <copyright>All Rights Reserved.</copyright>
   <license>license GNU/GPLv3</license>
   <description>Strip Article ID From SEF URL</description>
      <filename plugin="strip_article_id">strip_article_id.php</filename>

4. Create the form control which will be shown in the content global configuration under the Articles tab, within the folder.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
   <fieldset name="articles">
      <field name="sef_advanced_link" type="radio" class="btn-group btn-group-yesno" default="1" label="Remove Article ID In URL">
         <option value="1">JYES</option>
         <option value="0">JNO</option>

Be sure to add an empty index.html file to the folder or remove <filename>index.html</filename> from the installer .xml file.

5. Compress the folder as a .zip and install, enable, then go to System > Global Configuration and click Articles. The switch will be at the bottom of the page

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