By Daniel Berthereau Insert shortcuts in site pages in order to render more content via a simple string like `[shortcode]`.

Shortcode (module for Omeka S)

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Shortcode is a module for Omeka S that allows to insert shortcuts in site pages in order to display more content via a simple string.

The shortcodes are well known in Wikipedia (named wikitext), WordPress, Omeka Classic, and many other cms. The format that is used is the one of WordPress and Omeka Classic, like [shortcode key=value]. For example, [media id=51 player=mirador] will render the media #51 in the html code with Mirador. Or [items num=3 is_featured=true sort=random] will display a list of three featured items.

Shortcodes can be used nearly anywhere in site pages, even in titles. So it is possible to set a title with a dynamic data: [count resource=items query="q=xxx"] will display the total of items according to the query.

Furthermore, all core shortcodes of Omeka Classic are integrated and other ones are gradually implemented in order to make migration easier.

Of course, other modules can add new shortcodes: just add it as a config key under [shortcodes].


Uncompress files and rename module folder Shortcodes. Then install it like any other Omeka module and follow the config instructions.

See general end user documentation for Installing a module.

Some arguments sof some shortcodes require the module Advanced Search.

Quick start

A shortcode is a string to add in a textarea field a site page block. It looks like [shortcode key=value]. There can be multiple features and values can be protected with quotes or double quotes when they contain spaces: [shortcode key1="my value" key2='my "value"']. When the shortcode is not identified, it is displayed as it.

Shortcodes work exactly like in Omeka Classic, with the same shortcuts, so you can consult the Omeka Classic user manual. Nevertheless, some shortcuts are marked deprecated and it is recommended to use the more semantic equivalent ones for Omeka S.

For example, to render the media #51 with the default renderer, you can use: [media id=51 player=default]. This is the equivalent of [file id=51] that was used in Omeka Classic, and that is now a simple alias.


Available shortcodes

No operation

The shortcode [noop] is skipped automatically, whatever its arguments.


The shortcode [count] allows to get the total of resources. It requires a resource type : [count resource=items].

The count can be limited by argument query or any other generic params: id, is_featured, has_image, has_media, owner, item_set, collection, class, class_label, template, template_label, tag.

When the generic params are present, they override the matching api argument set in the query: [count resource=items query="search=xxx" class=dctype:PhysicalObject]. Note: the shortcodes arguments are a simplified variant of the keys used in the api.

The argument span=xxx allows to wrap the result with a span with the specified value as class.

List of resources

  • items
  • medias (with a s for multiple medias)
  • item_sets
  • collections (alias of item_sets)
  • annotations (with module Annotate)

To limit resources, use the same arguments than the shortcode count. The resources are listed according to num, sort, and order if any.

  • Deprecated shortcode names for compatibility with Omeka classic:
  • recent_items Shortcut to [items num=5 sort=created order=desc].
  • featured_items Shortcut to [items num=1 is_featured=true sort=random].
  • recent_collections Shortcut to [items num=5 sort=created order=desc].
  • featured_collections Shortcut to [items num=1 is_featured=true sort=random].

Single resource

As block
  • resource
  • item
  • media
  • item_set
  • collection (alias of item_set)
  • annotation (with module Annotate)

Display a single resource. The argument id is required to get it. Other arguments are sent to the partial.

Through a player

The param player allows to render the resource through a player, for example [item id=51 player=Mirador]. The player should be installed via a module, for example LightGallery, Mirador, UniversalViewer, Diva, ViewerJs, Verovio, or anything else as long as the matching view helper exists and can be called with __invoke(AbstractResourceEntityRepresentation $resource, array $options = []). Warning: the case of the value should be checked when needed (the first letter is automatically lower-cased).

When the player doesn't exist, the resource is rendered as a block, except for media, that is rendered with its own default renderer. The value can be default in that case too: [media id=52 player=default].

Specific options are sent to the partial and to the renderer and to the player.

For media, there are specific options for the default renderer: - thumbnail, the thumbnail type, that can be large, medium or square, - align, to align the thumbnail on left (default), right or center, - show_title, to specify the type of the title: item_title or file_mane.

  • Deprecated shortcode name for compatibility with Omeka classic:
  • file Shortcut to [media player=default].

Generic arguments

Some generic arguments are used in many shortcodes, so they are gathered here.

| Argument name | Purpose | Argument value | Example | | ----------------- | ----------------------------------------------------------------- | ----------------------------- | ----------------------------------------------------- | | id | Get a list of resources by id. | List or range of integers | [items id=15,30,51], [items id=15-51] | | ids | Deprecated alias of id | List or range of integers | See id | | site | Get only resources from the specified site | Integer | [items site=2] | | owner | Get only resources owned by a specific user | Integer | [items owner=2] | | user | Deprecated alias of owner | Integer | See owner | | item_set | Get only resources from an item set | List or range of integers | [items item_set=7] | | collection | Alias of item_set | List or range of integers | [items collection=7] | | class * | Get only resources from one or multiple classes | List of terms or ids | [items class=dctype:StillImage,26] | | class_label | Get only resources from a class via its label | String | [items class_label="Physical Object"] | | item_type | Deprecated alias of class_label) | String | See class_label | | template | Get only resources from one or multiple templates | List or range of integers | [items template=1,2] | | template_label | Get only resources from a template via its label | String | [items template_label="Base Resource"] | | tag * | Get only resources with the specified tag (curation:tag) | List of strings | [items tag="alpha, beta, gamma"] | | tags * | Deprecated alias of tag | List of strings | See tag | | is_featured | Get only resources with a value curation:featured. | Boolean | [collections is_featured=1] | | has_image * | Resource with an image (a thumbnail), or not. | Boolean | [featured_items has_image=false] | | has_media * | Resource with a media, or not. | Boolean | [items has_media=true] | | query | Specify a query to limit resources | String (advanced search url) | [items query="search=xxx"] | | num | Number of resources returned. "0" means unlimited. Default: 10. | Integer | [featured_items num=4] | | sort | Property term or specific api value to sort the resource by. | Property term or some strings | [items sort=dcterms:date], [items sort=created] | | order | Order of the sorting | a, d, asc, or desc | [items sort=dcterms:title order=asc] | | templet | Specify a special theme template for some shortcodes | String | [items templet=items] |

The arguments marked with a * require the module Advanced Search.

For boolean values, a 0 or a false are false, anything else is true.

A list of integers is a comma-separated list of number or a range separated by an hyphen: 15,30,51, 15-51

For a list of terms, it is recommended to use terms instead of ids, because they are more portable. The case must be respected for now: dcterms:ispartof or dctype:stillimage don't exist, you should use dcterms:isPartOf and dcterms:StillImage.

The sort specific strings are the one used by the api, like created, modified, random, and the property terms.

The current site is automatically added. To get results for all sites, use an empty string: [items site=]

The partial template set with templet should be available under common/shortcode/. For security, the name must not contain a dot. If the template is missing, the default one is used.

Take care of copy-pasting: often, span and attributes are inserted automatically. You may need to check the source code of an html text area when an issue occurs.


Any module can add new shortcode: just add it as a config key under [shortcodes].

The shortcode can be any class that can be invoked; just add the interface Shortcode\Shortcode\ShortcodeInterface to it, or extends the class from the abstract class Shortcode\Shortcode\AbstractShortcode. If a partial is needed, it is recommended to put it in directory common/shortcode.


  • [ ] WordPress shortcodes (alias to Omeka ones, for example [gallery])?
  • [ ] Shortcoder any.


Use it at your own risk.

It’s always recommended to backup your files and your databases and to check your archives regularly so you can roll back if needed.


See online issues on the module issues page on GitLab.


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  • Copyright Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, 2014
  • Copyright Daniel Berthereau, 2021 (see Daniel-KM)

The shortcode parser is an improved version of the one that is used in WordPress since 2008 (version 2.5). The same is used in Omeka Classic since 2014 (version 2.2) too, and it can be found in older various places.

Version Released Minimum Omeka version 20, 2021 [info]^3.1.0 23, 2021 [info]^3.0.0