The original Search & Replace component for Joomla - now updated to work with K2! Got an external link that you need changed in every page? No problem! Just search for it and replace it with the new link.

You can search and replace any content in your articles in seconds.

Search & Replace for Joomla is used to search & replace content in your Joomla articles. You can search for any word, HTML, or content, and replace it with whatever you like.

Changes are stored directly in the database itself, which vastly speeds up page load time compared to other available components and plugins.

Using this component you can quickly search & replace to add links, change spellings, cross-reference your pages, bulk update your content and so forth.

Search & Replace can change content in Titles, Introductions, Main Content, or a selection of those - all at the same time.

You can also select which categories to include in the search, and if the search finds any results, it will give you a list of the pages where the search term exists, along with links to view the page in your browser.

Please note: Search & Replace does not affect the HTML stored in your template files. If you need to search & replace HTML content in your template files, please edit your template files directly.

This component is extremely powerful, so please back up your database before you use it.

How to use:
1. Create a backup of your database
2. Enter the text to search for
3. Enter the text to replace your search string
4. Press Search to search for page results
5. Press Replace to update your database & make all changes
6. Check your site for changes.

1. Keep it simple. Longer search strings sometimes match less cases - often due to variances in whitespace
2. Disable your Joomla cache while you make changes so that you can instantly see what has been changed.
3. Look in the HTML source of your target page to select and paste the exact content you want to search & replace.
4. Sometimes text is rendered in your browser differently to the way it is stored in the database. The key to successful searches is to keep search phrases short and simple.

I hope you find the component useful. Any comments or suggestions are very welcome, and where possible, suggestions will be incorporated into new versions of the component.

Very easy to install and use without any directions. Worked flawlessly with Joomla 3.0.
Ease of use
Easy and simple to use this is a major timesaver, thank you so much,
Value for money
Saved me about 8 hours of work on a major update where I had to update over 450 web address links pointing to 35 different Photo Galleries.
I used this to: Updating 35 different Photo Web Gallery Links on over 450 blog posts.

It just does it

Posted on 11 December 2013
I love extensions like this, they just work.

I wish I had found this earlier changing a telephone number in content in a 200+ page website can be a real pain, not with this, it takes moments.

Love it.
Great product does everything described, and customers service goes above and beyond!


Posted on 10 October 2012
The component works exactly as stated and has saved me hours of work. Most importantly though the response time from support is unbelievable. I barely had time to go for a coffee and he had responded and completely fixed my problem. Very impressed. Thank you for your hard work on this product.

Not So Scary

Posted on 28 October 2011
It lets you choose the category for your search and replace. It allowed me to make a change to just the part of my site I wanted to correct. I also like the preview feature that shows you what it found in the search before you choose to replace it. Love this component. It's a must have when working with indecisive clients.
I was a bit skeptical at using this because I have a really big site and didn't want to "experiment" on it. I spoke to Dixon on SKYPE, super cool guy, bought the script and within a few minutes, did work that would have took me days or weeks to have done manually!

Rock on got yourself a lifetime customer here brother! :)
Your module just saved me hours and hours of work. I actually almost wet myself after I saw 8,808 articles completed in a matter of moments. :)
I have my website with 1000+ articles & need to replace some content from all the articles...

it did in less than 5 secs...

Thanks a LOT...
For doing exactly what it says it will do, I give it an excellent rating.

It will search your content (articles) and make simple changes, no wildcards or anything fancy. If you have hardcoded links you need to change sitewide, this is the tool for you. If you moved all your images from one folder to a different one, this is the tool for you.

Honestly, its a little scary to use. BACKUP first! After that, cross your fingers and hope it works because the tool does not prompt you with the results of your search before making the replacements. However, I am not going to rate it poorly because it doesn't do this. It would be fantastic if it did though!


Posted on 23 June 2010
I was about to change 1000+ articles ... you save my 2 day of my life. Within 5 seconds .. all DONE!!

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Barnaby Dixon
Last updated:
Jul 06 2021
2 years ago
Date added:
Sep 18 2009
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Uses Joomla! Update System


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