I suspect this issue is one of a single configuration not being set properly, but I am at my wit's end to figure out which one...

I am trying to create a public directory of a CiviCRM group of contacts.

I have set up a profile and indicated it to be used for form & list as well as search. Each field of this profile is set to "Public User Pages and Listings" and visible.

In the CiviCRM configuration in the backend of Joomla, I gave permission to public users to view all contacts, view their (my) contacts, profile view, access all custom data.

I created a Joomla Menu defined as public and of the CiviCRM profile list type (associated to the correct profile).

When I try to open the menu, I get an error stating that the "the contact ID parameter to see the contact registration with a profile was not found" (free translation as it is written in French in my DB)

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A registered user, on the other hand) can see the directory, so it has to do with a public user not having a contact ID...

What am I missing? How can I have the system overcome this?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Related question (I assume), when a registered user goes to this page, the first thing he sees is his own profile and need to click the "Return to contact list" to view all contacts. Is there a way to make this directory direct so the user sees the table right away?

Follow-up after June 15th comments: Registered as a test school and when to the URL: enter image description here

Clicked "Return to contact list" and copied the URL for that list: https://voile.qc.ca/fr/?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/profile&Itemid=1046&force=1&gid=14

Closed session and copied list link public site. Arrived directly at the list w/o the registered user profile data. enter image description here

It thus seems that the option to view the contact profile needs to be turned off somehow.

But how?


  • it may help people help if you post (anonymised) urls of what people are going to
    – petednz - fuzion
    Commented Jun 11, 2020 at 21:17
  • Hi. Thanks for the comment. I did not think it would be of any use, being in another language, but here it goes. I added the screenshot in the original question. This is what a non registered person sees when trying to reach the "public" directory.
    – loulie
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 17:02
  • Thx but i was asking about the url people are on when they get this
    – petednz - fuzion
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 19:04
  • ie you say "when a registered user goes to this page, the first thing he sees is his own profile" so what url are they visiting when they see this
    – petednz - fuzion
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 19:05
  • Ah sorry. Misunderstood. This is the URL: voile.qc.ca/fr/formation/trouver-un-club-ecole-ou-camp-membre/… Thanks for trying to help!
    – loulie
    Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 13:02

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Finally what I did is create a URL type menu (instead of a CiviCRM profile view menu) with the URL of the list once the "return to list" link is clicked. This way, a user does not need to be logged in to see the list.

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