Link field

LinkFieldDefinition renders a text field and a browse button that allows you to select an item from any data source. It extends ComboBoxFieldDefinition.

The link field is used to select targets both inside and outside Magnolia (for example, an asset to render an image or a page to tease) where it stores a reference to the selected item.

Magnolia provides three preconfigured link field definitions:

These link field definitions are part of the Magnolia 6 UI framework. Their fully qualified class names are:

  • info.magnolia.ui.field.LinkFieldDefinition

  • info.magnolia.dam.app.field.DamLinkFieldDefinition

  • info.magnolia.pages.app.field.PageLinkFieldDefinition

  • info.magnolia.rest.ui.field.linkfield.JsonLinkFieldDefinition

If you work with the Magnolia 5 UI framework, see Link field for Magnolia 5 UI instead.

Example definitions

  • DAM link

  • Page link

  • External link

  • Editable JCR asset link

  • JSON link

damLink:
  $type: damLinkField
  # showOptions allows you to select items from a combobox (performance issues may occur with a large number of items)
  showOptions: true
pageLink:
  $type: pageLinkField
  # textInputAllowed=true and showOptions=true enable filtering (performance issues may occur with a large number of items)
  showOptions: true
  textInputAllowed: true
  converterClass: info.magnolia.ui.editor.converter.JcrNodeToPathConverter # stores the value as a path (the default converter stores a UUID)
externalLinkOrPageLink:
  $type: pageLinkField
  # textInputAllowed=true and showOptions=false (default) allow you to set any value (for example, an external link)
  textInputAllowed: true
  # this is the default chooser; you can configure your own with more or fewer columns
  chooserId: ui-framework-jcr:chooser
editableJcrAssetLink:
  $type: linkField
  textInputAllowed: true # allows you to paste an asset path directly into the text field
  datasource:
    $type: jcrDatasource
    workspace: dam
jsonLink:
  $type: jsonLinkField
  # datasource:
  #   $type: jsonDatasource
  #   restClient: ...

Field properties

Field-specific properties

Property Description

chooserId

optional, default is ui-framework-jcr:chooser

Unique identifier for the chooser dialog. If none is specified, the JCR chooser will be used by default.

showOptions

optional, default is false

When true, options appear in a combobox.

For the link field to also work with external targets, you have to set showOptions to false and textInputAllowed of combobox field to true.

To enable filtering, you have to set both showOptions and textInputAllowed to true.

Enabling and using showOptions with a data source that contains large data sets may lead to performance issues.

buttonSelectNewLabel

optional, default is translated fields.button.select.new key

Button label for selecting a new target. The value is i18n-able.

editable

optional, default is true

When false, the text field displaying the link cannot be edited once a target is selected.

preview

optional

Renders a preview of the selected content. The preview component typically displays an image thumbnail and some metadata.

     implementationClass

required

Any class that implements the info.magnolia.ui.preview.ItemPreviewComponent interface. Examples:

  • info.magnolia.contacts.app.ContactPreview

  • info.magnolia.rest.ui.field.linkfield.JsonItemPreviewComponent

Common combobox field properties

Property Description

emptySelectionAllowed

optional, default is false

Defines whether the user can select nothing in the field. When true, an empty item appears to the user.

emptySelectionCaption

optional, default is empty string

When emptySelectionAllowed is true, the empty item appears with the given caption. The value is i18n-able.

pageLength

optional, default is 0

To enable paging in the field pop-up, the value must be an integer greater than 0. A value of 0 disables paging and makes all items visible.

placeholder

optional

Placeholder text to be displayed when the field is empty. The value is i18n-able.

popWidth

optional

Sets the width of the field pop-up relative to the field itself. If no value is specified, the pop-up’s width will automatically expand to fit the content of all displayed items.

scrollToSelectedItem

optional

Defines whether the selected item is scrolled into view when opening the field pop-up. Possible values are true and false.

textInputAllowed

optional, default is false

When true, the user can type into the field to filter available items. The filteringMode property of select field defines how options are filtered.

When false, the field just shows the current selection.

Common select field properties

Property Description

datasource

required

Connects the field to a data source. Options are populated via the configured data source.

Use the fully qualified class name or the $type alias if the definition class is annotated with info.magnolia.ui.datasource.DatasourceType.

filteringMode

optional, default is OFF (CONTAINS in link field)

Defines how options are filtered. Other possible values are CONTAINS and STARTSWITH.

To enable filtering, you have to set textInputAllowed of combobox field to true.

Common simple field properties

Property Description

name

required

Name of the field definition item. Derived from the configured node name. Use alphanumeric characters without spaces.

class

required (unless $type is used)

Type of the field definition item. The value must be a fully qualified class name and a subtype of info.magnolia.ui.field.FieldDefinition. See Field types for possible values.

$type

You can use this as a shortcut for class if the definition class is annotated with info.magnolia.ui.field.FieldType. The proper value is defined by the annotation.

Example class annotation
@FieldType("textField")
public class TextFieldDefinition extends ConfiguredFieldDefinition<String> {
...
}

See Field types for possible values.

type

required, default is java.lang.String

Data type of the field. Use the fully qualified class name. See PropertyType for possible values.

A default type is typically hard-coded in each definition class. You only need to add this property if you want to override the default implementation.

Make sure that type has a value matching the type of data you entered (for example, java.lang.Long for long values) and that converterClass is set accordingly.

Example definition
text:
  $type: textField
  type: java.lang.Long
  converterClass: com.vaadin.data.converter.StringToLongConverter

converterClass

optional

Converts values between presentation (UI) and model (stored data). The property must extend com.vaadin.data.Converter. Available classes:

  • info.magnolia.ui.editor.converter.JcrNodeToIdentifierConverter

  • info.magnolia.ui.editor.converter.JcrNodeToPathConverter

  • info.magnolia.ui.editor.converter.JcrNodeToWorkspaceAndIdConverter

  • info.magnolia.ui.editor.converter.JcrPathToIdentifierConverter

conversionErrorMessage

optional, default is translated conversion.message.error key

Message shown when there is an error in the conversion process. The value can be literal or a key of a message bundle.

defaultValue

optional

Pre-filled default value displayed in the field. The value can be overwritten by the user. Use alphanumeric characters.

Applied only when creating a new item, not for already existing items.

For defaultValue to work, the populate property in OpenDialogActionDefinition has to be set to false.

description

optional

Help text displayed when the user clicks the help icon. The value can be literal or a key of a message bundle.

factoryClass

optional

Defines the factory class that initializes and builds the Vaadin form field. The default factory class depends on the particular field.

The value must be a fully qualified class name and a subtype of info.magnolia.ui.field.FieldFactory.

fieldBinderClass

optional

Defines the binder class that applies configuration parameters from the field.

i18n

optional, default is false

Enables i18n authoring support, which allows editors to write foreign-language or regionally targeted content. A two-letter language identifier (en, de, fr, etc.) is displayed on controls where i18n is set to true.

label

optional

Field label displayed to editors. The value can be literal or a key of a message bundle.

If you do not provide the property, Magnolia will fall back to a generated i18n key.

If you do not want to have any label, set the property to an empty string such as label: "" in YAML.

readOnly

optional, default is false

Makes the field uneditable.

required

optional, default is false (not relevant for checkbox field)

Makes the field required. An asterisk is displayed next to the field label.

requiredErrorMessage

optional, default is translated validation.message.required key

Error message shown when required is set to true and the user saves an empty field. The value can be literal or a key of a message bundle.

styleName

optional

Additional style information for an editor property definition item applied to the element when the form is rendered. The value can be a CSS class or a list of CSS classes separated by white spaces.

The style name will be rendered as an HTML class name, which can be used in a CSS definition. The class name is added to the field by calling the Vaadin method addStyleName.

The referenced class can be defined in:

validators

optional

List of field validator definition items. Any value must be a subtype of info.magnolia.ui.field.FieldValidatorDefinition.

See Field validators for more information.

You can set defaultValue for preconfigured link fields as follows:

  • DAM link

  • Page link

  • JSON link

damLinkUUID:
  $type: damLinkField
  defaultValue: jcr:52469758-3875-4ac1-b2bb-8deac5c8419b # UUID with a prefix
pageLinkPath:
  $type: pageLinkField
  defaultValue: /travel # path
pageLinkUUID:
  $type: pageLinkField
  defaultValue: 53b073cc-ea3a-4e44-bdea-8c8a790b55c5 # UUID
jsonLinkString:
  $type: jsonLinkField
  defaultValue: Andorra # string
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