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Save 5 minutes every time you or your users create an article or a category, by automatically creating a menu item!

Kazaam! is an automatic menu manager. Just plug it in, turn it on and it’ll start working for you. Never spend your time creating a menu item again!

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Works like magic!

This is a plugin that creates a menu, and automatically maintains it. You can see the menu in your Joomla menu manager, and use it exactly like any other menu. It is a tree menu, and it maintains your category and article tree structure.

You can select which categories you want to include, and whether you want to also automatically create menu items for articles.

It's simple. It's efficient.

Your categories will be used as category blog menu items, and your articles will be used as single article menu items.

Your new menu items will also take on your category or article parameters, such as whether they are published, are available to registered users, and so forth.

Changes to your categories or articles will be instantly reflected in your Kazaam! menu.

Faster than ever

Kazaam is built to save you time and effort – which you can use for things that really matter.

We have just upgraded Kazaam to be faster and more efficient than ever!

It's FREE!! Get it now

Please note: This plugin is provided 'as is' with the hope that it will be helpful or useful. As an extension offered free of charge, it is unsupported, and has no warranty is offered or implied. All code is open source, and you are completely free to make changes. If you have suggestions or feedback please leave it here - and if you have coding experience and would like to offer insight into how to add certain features, please join the conversation :-)


When you first save the plugin, the new menu will be generated.Kazaam! will automatically create a menu item for all articles in the selected categories.Every time you save an article, Kazaam! will automatically create a menu item for you.

Your comments

There are 68 comments


March 25, 2015 - 03:04

hi. This plugin is excellent (and free!)

but there is an issue; every time I save the same article, automatically is generated a new menu item...

How can I solve it?


December 22, 2014 - 13:36

But .. you know Gary Cookbook ? it uses joomla categories, but in the database field " extensions " the name is com_garyscookbook - not com_content .

So I can not select it in your categorie- field .

They were very nice, if you could change this in your next release.


December 12, 2014 - 04:55

It's a great extension. It has solved my problem. It does what is says.
1. I didn't see any documentation available for this extension.
What is Included Category means ???

2. Another problem is..
For any article created, the article title is displayed two times. i.e., displays page-heading even though in article options it is disabled.

Dale Jefferies

July 09, 2014 - 10:24

This is just what is needed, great work, uploaded, configured and works like a charm (J3.#

Question - How can I get more than 1 instance of this working on the same site?

Reply to Dale Jefferies

Barnaby Dixon

July 09, 2014 - 17:43

Hi Dale,

Great! Just create a new module and link it to the Kazaam menu...

Reply to Dale Jefferies

Dale Jefferies

July 10, 2014 - 08:29

Yea sure but that will give me the same menu. I want 6 Kazaam menus, all different, for example. I have 3 categories, so my home page menu is Home plus the 3 categories. Now every time I select an Item from withing a category I want just that category menu in the side VMenu postion. So i need to have 4 Kazaam Menus Created.

Reply to Dale Jefferies

Barnaby Dixon

July 10, 2014 - 09:34

OK I see. Technically you'd need 6 different plugins to do this, but obviously be aware that each one would add to the 'save' time associated with a new category.

I don't officially support Kazaam! any more, and offer it just as Open Source freeware - but the way to do this is edit the plugin, edit the .xml and .php files and rename plg_kazaam to plg_kazaam1 wherever it exists. Then also rename the filenames to _kazaam1 whereever they're called kazaam. Then save the zip and install it, and it should work...

Reply to Dale Jefferies

Dale Jefferies

July 10, 2014 - 11:46

Many thanks for the reply. A bit to much work involved for me to be honest.

However, the one time use of this plugin is fantastic and saves much time adding Articles automatically to the Menu System.

Many thanks

No download?

July 02, 2014 - 11:31

Attempted to download it.... just sits there on the download page, nothing happens.

Reply to No download?

Barnaby Dixon

July 02, 2014 - 12:18

Please try again. The downloads are working.



June 02, 2014 - 23:32

Hi, It looks like a really helpful extension. It would be great for a site I am working on except I need to be able to filter so I can auto create a menu for one group and then an create an entire separate menu for group 2 based on the category would be great. I am thinking if you create a special module type that allowed you to filter based on all categories selected for auto generation it would be really helpful.


May 22, 2014 - 12:40

It sounds promising for what I am looking for.
I am using the latest Joomla 3.3.1 and can't find any Kazaam Menu after enabling and saving the plugin...

any suggestion

I will of course up my rating if the Plugin works in 3.3.1


April 17, 2014 - 09:34

I use this plugin for showing pictures with easy gallery. when a new article is made with the coreect categorie it will show in the menu.
After one of the teachers opens this page and they upload pictures to the directory where they want top add new pictures.. they do a new saving of the page.. Then this page will show up again in de menu. So ewvery time they save a page it will show up more in the menu.

Can this be solved?

Chris Brock

April 15, 2014 - 06:59

This plugin does most of what I need, but there is one critical thing missing...

If I create an article in one of the published categories for Kazaam then the menu item is created - so far so good!

The problem is, if I then reassign the article to a category which is not part of the Kazaam menus then the menu item is not removed.

What I am trying to do is have the Kazaam generated menus for the current articles on a site, but when they are no longer relevant I move them to an 'archive' category which does not generate a new menu item for each article.

Is there a way to achieve what I'm trying to do?


March 13, 2014 - 00:57

I tried removing the extension and now all menus a broken ... How to fix ?

Reply to jf

Barnaby Dixon

March 17, 2014 - 12:23

Hi there JF,

Removing the extension will not break your menus. Kazaam is 'static' that is, it acts once to create the 'Kazaam' menu, and from then on, it only runs if you update or create articles or categories.

If your menus are broken, it will be due to something else. Perhaps you removed an SEO component at the same time?


January 29, 2014 - 03:57

Cada vez que modifico una categoria o articulo aparece esta advertencia,

plugins/system/kazaam/kazaam.php on line 415

alguna ayuda?



January 05, 2014 - 18:40

Does this work with EasyBlog?


January 03, 2014 - 02:04

So far so good, but i use jcomments for comments in the articles. and now, nobody cant write any comments, because i cant choose in the settings of the jcomments plugin the categorie i used for kazaam.

Any chance to fix this problem, or do i make the mistake?

Reply to Markus


January 03, 2014 - 02:14

i fixed it by myself ;) works perfect!


December 09, 2013 - 09:24

Thank you, It is exactly what I was looking for.

Henny Smafter

November 20, 2013 - 19:36

It works exactly as it is shown. Top notch application.

It is now possible to select which categories it should generate the menu from this is great. But it would be even greater to have an option where it automatically adds all the categories.

So you select in the plugin:

Option 1: Choose which categories


Option 2: All categories

So when you create a categorie you no longer have to add it through the kazaam plugin because it already does it then.


November 11, 2013 - 16:23


After installation, manager menu:

str_repeat() [function.str-repeat]: Second argument has to be greater than or equal to 0 on line 142 & 153

what to do?

Reply to Muxa


November 11, 2013 - 17:03

To the point, I use Joomla 2.5.14

José Roberto

November 05, 2013 - 02:39

Any chance you add Seblod CCK support in a future release?

Andy S

November 04, 2013 - 16:34

The inofficial(?) Version 2.0.11beta from gruz shows into the right direction.


But there are some problems:
* category order is not respected but menus are in reverse order (I have a little patch for this problem)
* under unknown circumstances the menues integrate the first category though it is disabled - I'm searching/debugging for the fix right now
* one feature is missing: for a project I would need to define a different templatestyle for use with one of my generated menus - I will try to make a suitable patch
* within extensions.joomla.org it is said, that the actual version of this fine plugin is "2.0.10 (last update on Jul 24, 2013)", but you are sent to this site, where you can download only v1.6.4!???

I'm willing to contribute to this nice plugin, if you could host it on joomlaforge...

Thanks so far and greetz,

Reply to Andy S

J. Reif

April 17, 2014 - 21:41

I'd be interested in the patch that makes Kazaam! respect the category order. Is it available somewhere?

Rob Williams

October 16, 2013 - 21:07

I'm not sure where Feature Requests go on this site, but I am going to add it here.

When a new menu is created for an article and it is viewed, the article has a dashed line at the top showing (either the article category or the menu item name) not sure which - If I then access the menu and resave it, this goes away. I used to have this same issue with a popup plugin I had and it was corrected by adding an &itemid=435 to the Link field.

Is it possible to remove this problem in a future release - I can send some screen prints to show what I mean, if you want to email me directly?


Rob Williams

October 05, 2013 - 21:18

I think I added this post in the wrong place - i put it in your discussion. Please feel free to remove it from there, as I have repeated it Here...

Kazaam! - fabulous extension - exactly what I need but ...

I need to be able to generate two sets of submenus for all the articles in the same category - One linked to Top and One Linked to Main Menu. I repeated the menu#x entry in the plugin and amended them acccordingly, but it seems to only create the submenus in the last of the entries as it reads down them, so menu#1 did not have the submenus created but menu#2 did. I assume its because they both relate to the same input category.

Is there a way to get around this, or could this be added to a future release?

Lawrie Walters

September 30, 2013 - 05:26

Works great for published articles but not for scheduled ones.

When an article is scheduled for future publishing, a menu item is still created but then delivers a 404 error.

How can this be fixed?

Antonio M.

August 30, 2013 - 15:29

Great Plugin.
Question: Kazaam will add a title in articles, corresponding to menu item.
I don't want it, because I want to use the article title.
Is it possible to remove it?


August 27, 2013 - 02:54

Nasty bug: If I set site home to an item from Kazaam menu, editing and saving a new article resets this setting
=> Site home is now Page Not Found Error

Christian G

August 20, 2013 - 07:29

Would really like to see a way to preserve the menu types that exist so they don't constantly get reset every time the menu is rebuilt. Ideally, the top level menu would be a list and all lower levels be type blog.

I couldn't get the option to build the menu off an existing menu item to work properly. It would always build the menu at the same level, not below it.


August 10, 2013 - 07:26

Now we're talking :-)
This beta version seems to solve most of my problems. Thanks!

Reply to Gugge


August 11, 2013 - 01:46

Ok. Then it will be officially released in a while.


August 01, 2013 - 13:41

It's a reallly nice plu-in, but I have two issues, when using it in 3.1.

1. It creates menues for every article. Even archived. While the menu items aren't visisble in the front end, it eally messes up the "assign to menu" when managing modules (I have some 500 archived items and ...).

2. Therere's no way to control how the articles are presented. It doesn't obey the settings for "Show Intro, "show article info" etc". They should default to the settings for each article.

Reply to Gugge


August 06, 2013 - 22:35

Please check this version

and let us know it it works the way you want.

Reply to Gugge


August 07, 2013 - 02:38

Oh, sorry. Get this particular version to test the feature you request.

Willy Wong

July 25, 2013 - 13:30

Overall is cool. Any news with K2 support?

Reply to Willy Wong


August 06, 2013 - 22:42

Please provide me an akeeba backup of a web-site with some K2 data existing. I have not worked with K2. So I need something ready for experiments.
My web-site is gruz.org.ua
You can find my email there.
I'm a developer of the latest Kazaam menu version.

Reply to Willy Wong


September 02, 2013 - 09:19

K2 support will surely be appreciated! (then: 5 stars)... :-)


July 07, 2013 - 17:52

great plugin, can be used to save a lot of time. BUT when a new category is added, and menu rebuilt, the ordering is changed. So time is needed to correct the order of the menu items :-(

Reply to kev


August 06, 2013 - 22:43

The "graceful" regenerate plugin option introduced in the latest version should solve this.


June 21, 2013 - 21:01

What about articles that already exist, but still have no menu? Can I auto-generate menus for those as well

Reply to Juergen

Barnaby Dixon

June 24, 2013 - 19:50

Hi there,

Absolutely, just make sure the 'Regenerate menu' option is checked when you save your settings.

All the best

Barnaby Dixon

Red Martian

March 22, 2013 - 17:48

Why isn't this recursive (using J 3.0)? Having an "include sub categories" flag instead of having to include every single category would make this powerful plugin almost perfect.

Reply to Red Martian


August 06, 2013 - 22:44

Should work in 2+ version

Reply to Red Martian

Mikhail Zoupas

March 26, 2014 - 12:38

Not recursive in J3 takes out all the fun :(


March 20, 2013 - 07:47

Great tool! Is it possible to sort the items?

Christian G

March 18, 2013 - 07:37

Awesome plugin that should be part of Joomla's core functionality! This plugin enables many teachers in a school maintain their own department sections directly from the front-end. A couple features I would love though:

Ability to add new categories without having to rebuild the whole menu. Each rebuild means I have to go to my alias menu and point to all the major categories again.

Also, I'd love to be able to customize the display of the category view so it can be list instead of blog on some levels of hierarchy. Again, editing the menu items directly result in getting reset back to blog on rebuild.

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Christian G

March 18, 2013 - 09:15

Another issue I found: If an article title in a Kazaam menu is not unique, every time an article is edited, another duplicate menu entry is created for that menu item. For example, whenever I edit an article in a particular category, the "Contact" article in that category gets another menu item. After a few edits in other articles, "Contact" has multiplied several times. As much as I'd hate to, I may have to abandon this plugin unless this can be resolved.


March 16, 2013 - 05:14

You're Great, your module is GREAT !!!
Just a question :
Can we have more than one KAZAAM Menu ??

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Barnaby Dixon

March 16, 2013 - 14:50

Hi there,
Thanks! And no, you can't, but you can easily create many menu modules to display the content from the Kazaam menu if you like.
All the best, Barnaby Dixon

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July 12, 2013 - 07:10

yes, this is also what I need... pity, I guess we would need to duplicate the plugin... i will try that.

Reply to polaire-shop.com

Barnaby Dixon

July 12, 2013 - 07:19

Hi there,

Just to say, we are working on a new release of Kazaam! that will allow you to have more than one menu.

All the best,
Barnaby Dixon


February 21, 2013 - 06:26

You guys made what is needed the most! There are two important options missing if Im not mistaken.
1. Module Assignment: There needs to be a Kazaam module that assigns itself to the newly created menu item! Now the KAZAAM! Menu Selection (only on the pages selected) becomes blank with each new Category item. So now my Kazaam menu dissapears from the selected articles.
2. Display/Hide option of the category name in the menu.
3. Basic menu styling options.
Keep it up!

Reply to Aapje


August 06, 2013 - 22:48

1 and 2 should be solved inth 2+ versions.
3 - please clarify.


December 21, 2012 - 19:33

Hello, congratulations for the excellent plugin.
I wish it had the function of choosing the "excluded categories", so I could pick and choose which should not appear on the menu and all new categories appear automatically included in the menu.


December 12, 2012 - 03:59

great plugin,but i got some issues.i wannt control the sort of automatic menu items which generated from articles . For example i wannt them sort by article's sort or creat time and so on, can you tell me


November 28, 2012 - 14:44

I am yet to use this yet, but I'm excited about it.. about time I say! :-) any news on K2 support yet?


November 24, 2012 - 06:41

Hi, this is an awesome plugin! I just seem to have trouble using "menu-item alias" to link to items in Kazaam Menu Type and also cannot save checked menu items in module assignments... Otherwise, pretty awesome!


November 19, 2012 - 23:53

Great Plugin, but I have a question.

You claim that it will inherit permissions of the category eg: Public / Registered...But it does not do it for me.

I set the category options to be "registered" but when i create a narticle in that category, the menu item created is still publc.

Any help ?


Reply to Greg

Barnaby Dixon

November 20, 2012 - 10:20

Hi there Greg,

Let me look into that and I'll get back to you.

All the best - Barnaby Dixon

Stuart Culshaw

October 26, 2012 - 19:47

Nice plugin. Certainly does what it says on the tin! Any chance you can provide a version that also works with K2 content items (and/or other CCKs) ?

Reply to Stuart Culshaw

Barnaby Dixon

November 20, 2012 - 10:20

Sure I'll try to add K2 support in a future release

Dan S

October 23, 2012 - 20:08

Simple and fast. Guys you rock!!!


May 04, 2012 - 21:03

Been waiting for an addon like this for J 2.5!

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Barnaby Dixon

May 06, 2012 - 03:14

Great!! Enjoy :-D

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