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ER Developer Toolbar

Current Version: 1.1.2

17 comments   1958 downloads

Added on November 11th by Erik Reagan

ER Developer Toolbar

This is a tool that no ExpressionEngine developer should be without. ER Developer Toolbar creates a beautiful bridge between the front end of your ExpressionEngine site and the control panel with direct links for things like global variables, template editing, cache clearing and more. It is there when you need it and gets out of the way when you don't. Be sure to check out the video demo before you try it out for the first time.

Video Demonstration


Key Features

  • Choose which member groups see the toolbar
  • Permission-based icons (if they can’t access it in the CP then the icon doesn’t appear)
  • Direct links to important admin settings
  • Direct links to templates, global variables & template preferences
  • Direct links to extensions & extension-specific settings
  • Direct links to modules & their custom backend area (if applicable)
  • NEW: Direct links to template groups and template edit pages
  • Direct links to plugin usage pages
  • Site-specific toolbar settings in MSM
  • Branding the toolbar (with live preview)
  • and more…

Example Usage

Screenshots of the extension being used out in the wild will be showcased here shortly.


Excellent job Erik, incredibly useful additions in this version. Thanks!

Derek on Nov 11th, 2009 at 10:41 am


I just upgraded to the latest version and now it’s completely unstyled and doesn’t obey instructions to display at the top. Everything is displaying on the left (vertically) below the footer.

Sean on Nov 19th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

That’s very odd. Did you replace all of the files? Have you tried disabling and re-enabling the extension? If it’s still not working perhaps we can catch up on AIM or Skype to debug this. My username on both is simply ‘ErikReagan’.

Erik Reagan on Nov 19th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

thanks for the skype chat - that’ll teach me to that reading the docs is important. Problem fixed.

Sean on Nov 19th, 2009 at 8:09 pm


This looks like a handy little tool.  Is it easy to add your own quick links to the toolbar?  Would be nice to have a section in the control panel where you could define a drop down list in the toolbar for your own personal quick links - be they onsite or elsewhere.

Feature request?

Joe on Jan 14th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Thanks Joe. That’s already on the map for 2.0 :)

Erik Reagan on Jan 14th, 2010 at 1:43 pm


Do you mean your toolbar version 2.0 or the version for EE 2.0?

Joe on Jan 14th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Thank you for asking, I should have clarified. It’s on the map for version 2.0 of the toolbar

Erik Reagan on Jan 14th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Super…  Will this be a commercial paid release?  Also what’s the ETA?

Joe on Jan 14th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I hope to release it toward the end of Q1 but there are a number of factors that play into the timing. No guarantees.

As for license, it will likely be commercial (and be waaayyy cooler :))

Erik Reagan on Jan 14th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Very nice!
I used to make in CP a new tab calling for template and query module to build requested links….but man this is pretty nice especially that it loads also in the front end not to mention time saving building it.
Great idea!
Keep it up :)

lebisol on Jan 25th, 2010 at 12:41 am

Thanks lebisol!

Wait until you see the next major update :)

Erik Reagan on Jan 25th, 2010 at 12:45 am

Great Extension. Seems to have issues in IE8. If this is already being discussed, please point me in the right direction.

Mike on Apr 18th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Thanks Mike. I haven’t tested it in IE8 so I’ll take a look and see what bugs are there. Thanks for letting me know.

Erik Reagan on Apr 18th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Hi Erik!

I’m very happy about this add-on! I was looking for something like this a couple months back, but couldn’t find anything. This is super! You are very talented. Keep up the excellent work!

Adam on Jun 21st, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Erik, this is an awesome tool… and wondering if it will be available for ee2 at all?


Chuck Norton on Sep 15th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

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