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Generic Module (module for Omeka S)

New versions of this module and support for Omeka S version 3.0 and above are available on GitLab, which seems to respect users and privacy better than the previous repository.

Generic Module is a module for Omeka S that allows to manage all common one time tasks (install, config, settings management…) from the config of another module, so it avoids the developer to copy-paste common code between modules.

Internally, the logic is "config over code": so all settings have just to be set in the main config/module.config.php file, inside a key with the lowercase module name, with sub-keys config, settings, site_settings, user_settings and block_settings. All the forms have just to be standard Zend forms. Eventual install and uninstall sql can be set in data/install/ and upgrade code in data/scripts. Another class allows to check and install resources (vocabulary, resource templates, custom vocab, etc.).


Uncompress files and rename module folder Generic.

Unlike other modules, this one is available once unzipped, even if it is not installed or not enabled in the admin modules panel.

Usage (for developer)

Main Usage

This module contains a generic abstract class AbstractModule, that extends itself the Omeka one, so make your module extends it.

Replace the following:

namespace MyModule;
use Omeka\Module\AbstractModule;
class Module extends AbstractModule


namespace MyModule;
require_once dirname(__DIR__) . '/Generic/AbstractModule.php';
use Generic\AbstractModule;
class Module extends AbstractModule
    const NAMESPACE = __NAMESPACE__;

If you prefer not to force install of module Generic, you can copy the file Generic/AbstractModule.php in folder src/ of your module, then require it like that:

namespace MyModule;
if (!class_exists(\Generic\AbstractModule::class)) {
    require file_exists(dirname(__DIR__) . '/Generic/AbstractModule.php')
        ? dirname(__DIR__) . '/Generic/AbstractModule.php'
        : __DIR__ . '/src/Generic/AbstractModule.php';
use Generic\AbstractModule;
class Module extends AbstractModule
    const NAMESPACE = __NAMESPACE__;

Installing resources

To install resources, you need to include the file InstallResources.php. The files that contains vocabs, custom vocabs, and templates inside data/ will be automatically imported.


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.


This module is published under the CeCILL v2.1 license, compatible with GNU/GPL and approved by FSF and OSI.

In consideration of access to the source code and the rights to copy, modify and redistribute granted by the license, users are provided only with a limited warranty and the software’s author, the holder of the economic rights, and the successive licensors only have limited liability.

In this respect, the risks associated with loading, using, modifying and/or developing or reproducing the software by the user are brought to the user’s attention, given its Free Software status, which may make it complicated to use, with the result that its use is reserved for developers and experienced professionals having in-depth computer knowledge. Users are therefore encouraged to load and test the suitability of the software as regards their requirements in conditions enabling the security of their systems and/or data to be ensured and, more generally, to use and operate it in the same conditions of security. This Agreement may be freely reproduced and published, provided it is not altered, and that no provisions are either added or removed herefrom.


  • Copyright Daniel Berthereau, 2018-2022 (see Daniel-KM on GitLab)


Module for Omeka S that brings together all one-time methods used to install or to config another module.








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