Limiting subcategories in the Prestashop Top Menu

In this quick tip we will see how to limit the number of subcategories the top menu displays in Prestashop.

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Notice: if you are using a Prestashop version newer than, it’s recommended to apply this modification with an override, as explained here: How to override Prestashop modules

Open up modules/blocktopmenu/blocktopmenu.php

Locate the following method:

protected function generateCategoriesMenu($categories, $is_children = 0)

Inside it, you will notice a conditional block

			if (isset($category['children']) && !empty($category['children']))
				$html .= '<ul>';
				$html .= $this->generateCategoriesMenu($category['children'], 1);

				if ((int)$category['level_depth'] > 1 && !$is_children)
					$files = scandir(_PS_CAT_IMG_DIR_);

					if (count($files) > 0)
						$html .= '<li class="category-thumbnail">';

						foreach ($files as $file)
							if (preg_match('/^'.$category['id_category'].'-([0-9])?_thumb.jpg/i', $file) === 1)
								$html .= '<div><img src="'.$this->context->link->getMediaLink(_THEME_CAT_DIR_.$file)
								.'" alt="'.Tools::SafeOutput($category['name']).'" title="'
								.Tools::SafeOutput($category['name']).'" class="imgm" /></div>';

						$html .= '</li>';

				$html .= '</ul>';

We can do a number of things here. If we comment it out, all submenus will be removed. Otherwise, we can reduce and limit the subcategory levels:

			if ($category['level_depth'] < 4 && isset($category['children']) && !empty($category['children']))

In this case, levels over 3 will not be displayed!

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  • Pascal Camberlin

    Hello Nemo.

    We have a lot of subcat in our prestashop and I wanna know if we can do that with the 1.7 version ?
    I hope you can help
    Best regard

    • NemoPS

      I didn’t check actually, it might not work on 1.7 though, I will have a look and see as it might be a good subject for new tuts

      • Pascal Camberlin

        If you find something, can you share it even if you don’t make a tuts ?
        I try but i haven’t find how to limite the top menu (even on google)

  • Ivan

    Hello again, Nemo. I’ve been working on this feature but still no success with the override I actually copy the whole protected function generateCategoriesMenu inside the override file but is still not working. Can you give me a ligth in this subject? Thanks a lot.

  • Ivan

    Hello Nemo, I have created the override but is still not working over It would be really helpfull if you mention how the overrides should looks like. I hope you can help me.

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