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Retrieves a single object instance by the specified criteria.

The criteria can be a primary key value, an array of primary key values (for multiple primary key objects), an xPDOCriteria object or raw SQL. If no $criteria parameter is specified, no class is found, or an object cannot be located by the supplied criteria, null is returned.

Important: do not pass untrusted input into the criteria parameter. Always sanitize the value, cast the value to integer for a primary key, or provide it in array form if it comes from any sort of user input to prevent potential SQL injections or returning data not supposed to be accessible. xPDO attempts to identify and prevent SQL injections, however as it also supports providing raw SQL criteria, not sanitizing the criteria may make your code vulnerable.


API Docs: https://api.modx.com/revolution/2.2/db_core_xpdo_xpdo.class.html#\xPDO::getObject()

xPDOObject|null getObject (string $className, [xPDOCriteria|array|str|int $criteria = null], [bool|int $cacheFlag = true])


Simplest Example (Built-in Objects)

You can use getObject to retrieve MODX resources (e.g. a page) by its page ID:

$page = $modx->getObject('modResource', ['id' => 555]);
$output = $page->get('pagetitle');

xPDO vs. MODX The $modx object extends xPDO, so for many situations (e.g. inside your Snippets), you can use the $modx object, even though most examples on this page use the $xpdo object.

You can retrieve any MODX object this way, just by knowing its object name – usually that's simply a matter of prepending "mod" to the object's familiar name:

Common Name Object Name Notes
Page modResource Pages are just one manifestation of modResource – you can also use this to retrieve Weblinks, Symlinks, and Static Resources
Chunk modChunk
User modUser
Template modTemplate
Snippet modSnippet

See core/model/schema/modx.mysql.schema.xml file for a full definition of all MODX objects.

If you need to retrieve other attributes for these objects (e.g. TVs for a page), then you may need to look at getObjectGraph

Simplest Example (Custom Objects)

The simplest example is when you retrieve an object by its primary key.

E.g. get a Box object with ID 134, either by using array syntax or only the ID.

$box = $xpdo->getObject('Box', ['id' => 134]);
$box = $xpdo->getObject('Box', 134); //

When using the syntax where you provide the primary key (id) directly, always cast user input to an integer, e.g. (int)$property to avoid user-provided SQL from being used in the query.

Back in your XML schema, if your object extends xPDOSimpleObject, the primary key column is assumed to be named "id".

<object class="modPropertySet" table="property_set" extends="xPDOSimpleObject">

Otherwise, your XML schema will tell you which column is the primary key via the index alias="PRIMARY" node, e.g.

 <object class="MyObject" table="my_object" extends="xPDOObject">
  <field key="object_id" dbtype="int" precision="11" phptype="integer" null="false" index="pk"  generated="native" />
  <!-- ... stuff here ... -->
  <index alias="PRIMARY" name="PRIMARY" primary="true" unique="true">
    <column key="object_id" collation="A" null="false" />

Other Columns

You don't have to retrieve based on just the primary key, you can also search on other columns:

$box = $xpdo->getObject('Box', array('color'=>'blue'));

When querying based on other fields, make sure to add the appropriate index for performance.

Complex Criteria

You can specify more complex selection criteria using an xPDO query:

$query = $modx->newQuery('MyObject');
    'wheels:>=' => 3
$myobj = $xpdo->getObject('MyObject', $query);

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