This simple module gives you the ability to show random Joomla/K2 articles. It was made to add dynamics to your Joomla website by turning static pages into pages that give the user a richer navigating experience.


  • Display one or more random articles inside the same module;
  • Choose multiple categories (and subcategories) from where the random articles will be picked;
  • Display the title, introtext, readmore or/and the fulltext of the article;
  • Option to display the images that can be defined in the Article Manager under the 'Images and Links'.
  • Display random K2 articles;
  • Option to limit the amount of words/characters of introtext;
  • Option to change the HTML output to HTML5;
  • Compatibility with Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3.0
  • Possibility to update the module via Joomla's extension manager;
  • 3 debug options to better solve possible bugs.

Bugs, Improvements and Translations

If you find a bug or if you want this module to have a new feature, feel free to use the IssueTracker. You can also contribute by sending me the translation files of a new language.

Thanks for using this module.

Assertion failed

Posted on 24 October 2017
Sometimes I see "Assertion failed in modules/mod_random-article/helper.php on line 249" or "on line 125" error now. From Joomla 3.7 til now
Ease of use

Works well

Posted on 03 May 2016
Does exactly what is advertises. Displays articles in random order. Good options.
Ease of use
Easy to install and setup, worked first time.
I used this to: Displaying articles in random order.

Good but warning

Posted on 24 September 2015
Ease of use
no replies since june in the support. I posted an answer abut my problem 2 days ago, and I don't receive any reply.
additional feature suggestion: give capabiliy to time content, that is change article while exposed on main page
Ease of use
Owner's reply: In fact that feature is already waiting to be implemented, I only need to find some time to do it.

Thank you for your review.

Wonderful extention, but..

Posted on 06 October 2014
... I noticed strange behavior, when you want to use it twice on the same website - number of columns are changing in ALL random article modules.

So, when I want to use it in menu with one column it affects second module with the same articles but different name with six columns in footer.

Otherwise fantastic module, I love it's simplicity! Thanks


Posted on 13 July 2014
exactly what I am looking for! Thanks for the simplicity of the module.

Great extension!

Posted on 14 August 2013
Sometimes the simplest is what works best. Great extention. Simple to use and very efficient.


Posted on 12 August 2013
Great little module. I wanted a module that would display a random article's intro image and then link to that article. This module accomplishes that perfectly.

One minor, and this is seriously minor, improvement I would recommend. Add an alignment option for the image. By default the image is aligned left. I worked out a little hack in the article.php file, to do just this:

On line 94, right after "" add the following little html snippet "". Worked like a charm for me.

Works great!

Posted on 11 April 2013
Very efficient and well executed random article display. Nice work!
I use it for my company name, that is psychotherapy and counceling company. I need a random article intro on the main page. The extention does the job.


- very easy to use,

- ready to go right after installation.


- there's no Polish translation (of course, that's not the author's fault but it makes it harder for me to use this extention).

I recommend it to everyone. And thanks to the author.
Owner's reply: Actually I'm accepting translations from other languages since the release of the first version. Anyone who wants to contribute is very welcome.
But to try a little harder, without using online translators like Google, I've just created this translation project to hopefully get more translations:

Thank you very much for your review.

Random Article

Artur Alves
Last updated:
Oct 04 2015
Date added:
Nov 19 2014
GPLv2 or later
Free download

Uses Joomla! Update System


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