DB Replacer

Search and replace in your Joomla! database

  • Last updated: 05 Aug 2019
  • Version: 6.3.4
  • Type: Component
  • Joomla rating: 100%

Tutorial for DB Replacer

There is a Free and a Pro version of DB Replacer.
The parts in this tutorial that only concern the Pro version will be marked with: Pro only


DB Replacer is Joomla! administrator component that enables you to search and replace in any table in your database.

To replace a certain string in your database table, you just need to:

  1. go to DB Replacer in your Joomla! administrator
  2. select proper content table and table column(s)
  3. input the search and replace text
  4. click on ‘Replace’

DB Replacer gives you a preview of what is going to be replaced, so you know what you are doing before actually replacing anything.

Using DB Replacer

Using DB Replacer is quite straightforward. Open DB Replacer from the component menu in the Joomla! administrator. You will be presented with the following component interface:

Overview T


In the Tables select box you will see the list of all database tables from which you can choose one table in which you want to make the changes.



After selecting the table, the Columns select box will be populated. You can choose one or more columns here. To select multiple columns, keep the Control/Command key pressed when selecting.


Search & Replace

Enter the existing text to be replaced in the Search text box.

Search Replace

Once you enter some text in this field, the Preview table below will only show the rows which contain your search string.

Enter the new replacement text in the Replace text box.

The Preview table will show you a preview of the replacement. The search string will be marked red and the replacement will be marked green.


If you are satisfied with the Preview result, simply click on the Replace button to apply the changes.

You can search and replace in up to 1000 rows at one time (up to 50 in FREE version).
WE RECOMMEND not setting the default row count limit too high (around 100). Replacing in too many rows at once can make your page time out, depending on server and database settings.

Case sensitivity

If you need to make changes where case sensitivity is required, you can check “Case sensitive” checkbox. Now the replacements will only be done where the search matches exactly.

For instance, ‘Joomla’ will not match ‘joomla’ or ‘JOOMLA’.

Regular Expressions Pro only

The PRO version of DB Replacer also supports Regular Expressions searches and replacements.

This gives you great power to search for dynamic values and use (parts of) the searched text in the replacement.

For example, if you want to make all prices with syntax $123.00 bold, you can search for:


and replace with:


This will make $1.00 and $999.00 bold, but ignore $1 and $999.

When the Regular Expressions option is checked, you will also be able to search in UTF-8 mode. This can help you when using special characters or certain character sets.

For more info on Regular Expressions: http://www.regular-expressions.info/reference.html
For testing them: http://gskinner.com/RegExr

Where clause Pro only

With the PRO version of DB Replacer you can limit the search via a custom WHERE clause.


The WHERE clause is used to extract only those records that fulfill specific criteria.

This field follows the default MySQL WHERE syntax. For instance, if you only want to search and replace in records that have an id between 100 and 200, you can enter:

id > 100 AND id < 200

Or with string values:

name = "Mike" OR username LIKE "%mike%"


In the toolbar, on the right, you will see the 'Options' button.

DB Replacer - Options

When you click on that, a modal window will open with a couple of options for DB Replacer.

Here is an overview of the available options. All descriptions are available in the tooltips of the options.

Ignore Tables A comma separated list of table prefixes/names to ignore. Any table that starts with this will not be shown in the results.
Default Table The default database table to select upon pageload. You can use #__ as joomla prefix.

Enter a '-' to disable.
Default Columns A comma separated list of default database columns to select when the default table is selected. These columns must therefore be available in the default table.

Enter a '-' to disable.
Maximum Row Count Maximum Row Count

Options: 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000
Show 2nd Warning Select to show a second 'Are you sure' alert before replacing.
Show Update Notification If selected, an update notification will be shown in the main component view when there is a new version for this extension.
Show Copyright If selected, extra copyright info will be displayed in the admin views. Regular Labs extensions never show copyright info or backlinks on the frontend.


The Joomla core permission settings to control access to the different actions. For more information on how these permissions work, see the Joomla docs:
Access Control List Tutorial : Component Options & Permissions


You can either install DB Replacer by using the core extension manager available in the Joomla! Administrator Control Panel, or by using the powerful Regular Labs Extension Manager.

Note: When updating DB Replacer, you do not need to uninstall it first. The package will update all the files automatically.

Keep in mind that when you update to a major new version (or uninstall first), you might lose some configuration settings.

Regular Labs Extension Manager

It is very easy to install/update any Regular Labs Extension using the Regular Labs Extension Manager.

Please see the Tutorial for the Regular Labs Extension Manager for more detailed information...

Joomla! Extension Manager

To install via the Joomla! Extension Manager, just follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Joomla administrator;
  2. In the menu, choose: Extensions >> Extensions;
  3. Choose the tab: Install from Web (or enable it if you haven't done so yet);
  4. Select the search field and enter DB Replacer and hit enter;
  5. Click on the DB Replacer listing;
  6. Click on Install;
  7. Click on Install to confirm.
Installer Web

Or if you need to install the Pro version or cannot install via the 'Install via Web' method for some reason:

  1. Download the extension install file (.zip);
  2. Log into your Joomla administrator;
  3. In the menu, choose: Extensions >> Extensions;
  4. Choose the tab: Upload Package File;
  5. Click on the Choose File button and select the extension zip;
  6. Click on Upload & Install.
Installer Upload

If you have problems installing DB Replacer, please try the manual installation process as described here: docs.joomla.org/Installing_an_extension