node package manager


Alfresco Angular 2 Components core

    Status travis
    Status Coverage Status npm downloads license alfresco component angular 2 typescript node version


Before you start using this development framework, make sure you have installed all required software and done all the necessary configuration, see this page.


npm install --save ng2-alfresco-core

Library content

  • Components
    • Context Menu directive
    • Material Design directives
      • [mdl]
      • [alfresco-mdl-button]
      • [alfresco-mdl-menu]
      • [alfresco-mdl-tabs]
  • Directives
    • UploadDirective
  • Services
    • LogService, log service implementation
    • NotificationService, Notification service implementation
    • AlfrescoApiService, provides access to Alfresco JS API instance
    • AlfrescoAuthenticationService, main authentication APIs
    • AlfrescoTranslationService, various i18n-related APIs
    • ContextMenuService, global context menu APIs


Allows your components or common HTML elements reacting on File drag and drop in order to upload content. Used by attaching to an element or component.

Basic usage

The directive itself does not do any file management process, but collects information on dropped files and raises corresponding events instead.

<div style="width:100px; height:100px"
     [adf-upload-data]="{ some: 'data' }">
    Drop files here...

It is possible controlling when upload behaviour is enabled/disabled by binding directive to a boolean value or expression:

<div [adf-upload]="true">...</div>
<div [adf-upload]="allowUpload">...</div>
<div [adf-upload]="isUploadEnabled()">...</div>

You can decorate any element including buttons, for example:

<button [adf-upload]="true" [multiple]="true" [accept]="'image/*'">
    Upload photos


Directive supports several modes:

  • drop mode, where decorated element acts like a drop zone for files (default mode)
  • click mode, where decorated element invokes File Dialog to select files or folders.

It is also possible combining modes together.

<div [adf-upload]="true" mode="['click']">...</div>
<div [adf-upload]="true" mode="['drop']">...</div>
<div [adf-upload]="true" mode="['click', 'drop']">...</div>

Click mode

For the click mode you can provide additional attributes for the File Dialog:

  • directory, enables directory selection
  • multiple, enables multiple file/folder selection
  • accept, filters the content accepted
<div style="width: 50px; height: 50px; background-color: brown"
<div style="width: 50px; height: 50px; background-color: blueviolet"

Drop mode

For the moment upload directive supports only Files (single or multiple). Support for Folders and accept filters is subject to implement.


Once a single or multiple files are dropped on the decorated element the upload-files CustomEvent is raised. The DOM event is configured to have bubbling enabled, so any component up the component tree can handle, process or prevent it:

<div (upload-files)="onUploadFiles($event)">
    <div [adf-upload]="true"></div>
onUploadFiles(e: CustomEvent) {
    // your code

Please note that event will be raised only if valid Files were dropped onto the decorated element.

The upload-files event is cancellable, so you can stop propagation of the drop event to uppper levels in case it has been already handled by your code:

onUploadFiles(e: CustomEvent) {
    // your code

It is also possible attaching arbitrary data to each event in order to access it from within external event handlers. A typical scenario is data tables where you may want to handle also the data row and/or underlying data to be accessible upon files drop.

You may be using adf-upload-data to bind custom values or objects for every event raised:

<div [adf-upload]="true" [adf-upload-data]="dataRow"></div>
<div [adf-upload]="true" [adf-upload-data]="'string value'"></div>
<div [adf-upload]="true" [adf-upload-data]="{ name: 'custom object' }"></div>
<div [adf-upload]="true" [adf-upload-data]="getUploadData()"></div>

As part of the details property of the CustomEvent you can get access to the following:

detail: {
    sender: UploadDirective,    // directive that raised given event
    data: any,                  // arbitrary data associated (bound)
    files: File[]               // dropped files


The decorated element gets adf-upload__dragging CSS class name in the class list every time files are dragged over it. This allows changing look and feel of your components in case additional visual indication is required, for example you may want drawing a dashed border around the table row on drag:

    <tr [adf-upload]="true">
.adf-upload__dragging > td:first-child {
    border-left: 1px dashed rgb(68,138,255);
.adf-upload__dragging > td {
    border-top: 1px dashed rgb(68,138,255);
    border-bottom: 1px dashed rgb(68,138,255);
.adf-upload__dragging > td:last-child {
    border-right: 1px dashed rgb(68,138,255);

Alfresco Api Service

Provides access to initialized AlfrescoJSApi instance.

export class MyComponent implements OnInit {
    constructor(private apiService: AlfrescoApiService) {   
    ngOnInit() {
        let nodeId = 'some-node-id';
        let params = {};
            .getNodeChildren(nodeId, params)
            .then(result => console.log(result));

Note for developers: the TypeScript declaration files for Alfresco JS API are still under development and some Alfresco APIs may not be accessed via your favourite IDE's intellisense or TypeScript compiler. In case of any TypeScript type check errors you can still call any supported Alfresco JS api by casting the instance to any type like the following:

let api: any = this.apiService.getInstance();
api.nodes.addNode('-root-', body, {});

Notification Service

The Notification Service is implemented on top of the Angular 2 Material Design snackbar. Use this service to show a notification message, and optionaly get feedback from it.

import { NotificationService } from 'ng2-alfresco-core';
export class MyComponent implements OnInit {
    constructor(private notificationService: NotificationService) {   
    ngOnInit() {
          this.notificationService.openSnackMessage('test', 200000).afterDismissed().subscribe(() => {
                    console.log('The snack-bar was dismissed');
import { NotificationService } from 'ng2-alfresco-core';
export class MyComponent implements OnInit {
    constructor(private notificationService: NotificationService) {   
    ngOnInit() {
         this.notificationService.openSnackMessageAction('Do you want to report this issue?', 'send', 200000).afterDismissed().subscribe(() => {
                console.log('The snack-bar was dismissed');

Context Menu directive

See Demo Shell or DocumentList implementation for more details and use cases.

<my-component [context-menu]="menuItems"></my-component>
    selector: 'my-component
export class MyComponent implements OnInit {
    menuItems: any[];
    constructor() {
        this.menuItems = [
            { title: 'Item 1', subject: new Subject() },
            { title: 'Item 2', subject: new Subject() },
            { title: 'Item 3', subject: new Subject() }
    ngOnInit() {
        this.menuItems.forEach(l => l.subject.subscribe(item => this.commandCallback(item)));
    commandCallback(item) {
        alert(`Executing ${item.title} command.`);

Authentication Service

The authentication service is used inside the login component and is possible to find there an example of how to use it.

import { NgModule, Component } from '@angular/core';
import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { platformBrowserDynamic } from '@angular/platform-browser-dynamic';
import { CoreModule, AlfrescoSettingsService, AlfrescoAuthenticationService } from 'ng2-alfresco-core';
    selector: 'alfresco-app-demo',
    template: `
        <div *ngIf="!authenticated" >
            Authentication failed to ip {{ ecmHost }} with user: admin, admin
        <div *ngIf="authenticated">
            Authentication successfull to ip {{ ecmHost }} with user: admin, admin<br> 
            your token is {{ tokenEcm }}<br>
            Authentication successfull to ip {{ bpmHost }} with user: admin, admin<br> 
            your token is {{ tokenBpm }}<br>
class MyDemoApp {
    authenticated: boolean = false;
    ecmHost: string = 'http://localhost:8080';
    bpmHost: string = 'http://localhost:9999';
    tokenBpm: string;
    tokenEcm: string;
    constructor(public alfrescoAuthenticationService: AlfrescoAuthenticationService,
                private alfrescoSettingsService: AlfrescoSettingsService) {
        alfrescoSettingsService.ecmHost = this.ecmHost;
        alfrescoSettingsService.bpmHost = this.bpmHost;
    ngOnInit() {
    login() {
        this.alfrescoAuthenticationService.login('admin', 'admin').subscribe(
            token => {
                this.tokenBpm = this.alfrescoAuthenticationService.getTicketBpm();
                this.tokenEcm = this.alfrescoAuthenticationService.getTicketEcm();
                this.authenticated = true;
            error => {
                this.authenticated = false;
    imports: [
    declarations: [MyDemoApp],
    bootstrap: [MyDemoApp]
export class AppModule {


In order to enable localisation support you will need creating a /resources/i18n/en.json file and registering path to it's parent i18n folder:

class MainApplication {
    constructor(private translateService: AlfrescoTranslationService) {
        translateService.addTranslationFolder('app', 'resources');

Service also allows changing current language for entire application. Imagine you got a language picker that invokes onLanguageClicked method:

class MyComponent {
    constructor(private translateService: AlfrescoTranslationService) {
    onLanguageClicked(lang: string) {

It is also possible providing custom translations for existing components by overriding their resource paths:

class MyComponent {
    constructor(private translateService: AlfrescoTranslationService) {

Important note: addTranslationFolder method redirects all languages to a new folder, you may need implementing multiple languages or copying existing translation files to a new path.

Renditions Service

  • getRenditionsListByNodeId(nodeId: string)
  • createRendition(nodeId: string, encoding: string)
  • getRendition(nodeId: string, encoding: string)
  • isRenditionAvailable(nodeId: string, encoding: string)

Build from sources

Alternatively you can build component from sources with the following commands:

npm install
npm run build

Build from sources

Alternatively you can build component from sources with the following commands:

npm install
npm run build

Build the files and keep watching for changes

$ npm run build:w

Running unit tests

npm test

Running unit tests in browser

npm test-browser

This task rebuilds all the code, runs tslint, license checks and other quality check tools before performing unit testing.

Code coverage

npm run coverage

NPM scripts

Command Description
npm run build Build component
npm run build:w Build component and keep watching the changes
npm run test Run unit tests in the console
npm run test-browser Run unit tests in the browser
npm run coverage Run unit tests and display code coverage report


Apache Version 2.0