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Accesses and manipulates ACS document nodes using their node IDs.

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Class members

Methods

  • createFolder(parentNodeId: string, nodeBody: any, options: any = {}): Observable<MinimalNode>
    Creates a new folder node inside a parent folder.
    • parentNodeId: string - ID of the parent folder node
    • nodeBody: any - Data for the new folder
    • options: any - Optional parameters supported by JS-API
    • Returns Observable<MinimalNode> - Details of the new folder
  • createNode(parentNodeId: string, nodeBody: any, options: any = {}): Observable<MinimalNode>
    Creates a new document node inside a folder.
    • parentNodeId: string - ID of the parent folder node
    • nodeBody: any - Data for the new node
    • options: any - Optional parameters supported by JS-API
    • Returns Observable<MinimalNode> - Details of the new node
  • deleteNode(nodeId: string, options: any = {}): Observable<any>
    Moves a node to the trashcan.
    • nodeId: string - ID of the target node
    • options: any - Optional parameters supported by JS-API
    • Returns Observable<any> - Empty result that notifies when the deletion is complete
  • getNode(nodeId: string, options: any = {}): Observable<MinimalNode>
    Gets the stored information about a node.
    • nodeId: string - ID of the target node
    • options: any - Optional parameters supported by JS-API
    • Returns Observable<MinimalNode> - Node information
  • getNodeChildren(nodeId: string, options: any = {}): Observable<NodePaging>
    Gets the items contained in a folder node.
    • nodeId: string - ID of the target node
    • options: any - Optional parameters supported by JS-API
    • Returns Observable<NodePaging> - List of child items from the folder
  • restoreNode(nodeId: string): Observable<MinimalNode>
    Restores a node previously moved to the trashcan.
  • updateNode(nodeId: string, nodeBody: any, options: any = {}): Observable<MinimalNode>
    Updates the information about a node.
    • nodeId: string - ID of the target node
    • nodeBody: any - New data for the node
    • options: any - Optional parameters supported by JS-API
    • Returns Observable<MinimalNode> - Updated node information

Details

Each node (ie, document or folder) in an ACS repository is identified by its own unique node ID value. The ID is a long string of hex values separated by dashes, eg:

53ef6110-ed9c-4739-a520-e7b4336229c0

The string is convenient for storage, for passing as an Angular route parameter and other purposes but doesn't enable you to do very much with the node itself. The Nodes Api Service has methods for getting information about nodes and managing them within the repository (creating, deleting, etc).

Other lower level interfaces to the ACS nodes API are also available - see the Alfresco Api service, the Alfresco JS API docs and the REST API Explorer for more information.

Getting node information

The getNode method gives access to the MinimalNode object that represents the details of a node:

interface MinimalNode extends Node {
   id: string;
   parentId: string;
   name: string;
   nodeType: string;
   isFolder: boolean;
   isFile: boolean;
   modifiedAt: Date;
   modifiedByUser: UserInfo;
   createdAt: Date;
   createdByUser: UserInfo;
   content: ContentInfo;
   path: PathInfoEntity;
   properties: NodeProperties;
}

This provides useful information about the node, such as its name, creation and modification dates, etc. Also, the id and parentId properties contain the node ID strings for the current node and its enclosing folder.

Sometimes, a MinimalNode is provided directly, for example, the folderNode property of a Document List component or the data context of a Document List row. In these cases, you might pass the id or parentId as a route parameter to a page describing the node in full detail. The component receiving the node ID can use the Nodes Api service to "decode" the ID string into a MinimalNode:

import { ActivatedRoute, Router } from '@angular/router';
import { Component, OnInit } from '@angular/core';
import { NodesApiService } from '@alfresco/adf-core';
import { MinimalNode } from '@alfresco/js-api';
    ...

class RepositoryDetailsPageComponent implements OnInit {
 nodeId: string;
 nodeName: string;
 isFile: boolean;
    ...

 constructor(private router: Router,
             private activatedRoute: ActivatedRoute,
             private nodeService: NodesApiService) {
 }

 ngOnInit() {
   this.nodeId = this.activatedRoute.snapshot.params['node-id'];
   this.nodeService.getNode(this.nodeId).subscribe((entry: MinimalNode) => {
     const node: MinimalNode = entry;
     this.nodeName = node.name;
     this.isFile = node.isFile;
        ...
   });
 }

You can supply a number of extra options using the options parameter. See the getNode page in the Alfresco JS API docs for more information.

Getting folder node contents

The getNodeChildren method returns the contents of a folder as a list of items. The getNodeChildren page in the Alfresco JS API gives more information about the structure of the options parameter.

Creating and updating nodes

You can use the createNode and createFolder methods to add new nodes within a parent folder node, and the updateNode method to update an existing node. See the addNode and updateNode entries in the Alfresco JS API for further information about the available options and the format of the new node data.

Deleting and restoring nodes

The Content Services repository maintains a "trashcan" where items are temporarily held after they have been deleted. This means you can restore a deleted item if you remove it from the trashcan before it gets deleted permanently.

By default, the deleteNode method moves an item into the trash, where it can be retrieved using restoreNode. However, you can set an option for deleteNode to delete the node immediately if you have the right permissions. See the deleteNode and restoreNode pages in the Alfresco JS API for further details and options. Note that you can also use the Deleted Nodes Api service get a list of all items currently in the trashcan.

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