Erland Isaksson edited this page Dec 31, 2015 · 1 revision

Creating a new import module

This is a description that tries to describe the process of adding a new import module to the system. An import module implements import of data from an external source.

There are two types of import modules:

  • Standard import modules
  • Post processing modules that will be executed after any standard import module has finished executing.

Standard import module

Creating importer class

The following is a simple sample importer which we will describe a bit below, we will start with just the class definition and describe each method separately, so here is the class:

public class SomethingImporter extends AbstractProcessingModule 
             implements MediaImporter {

    private TrackRepository trackRepository;


The important things to note are:

  • We inherit from AbstractProcessingModule to get some basic support which usually are the same for all import modules
  • We need to implement the MediaImporter interface to indicate that we are an import module.
  • The @Inject annotations on the trackRepository attributes will result in that it's filled with a real implementation object before the execute method is called. The AbstractProcessingModule super class will make sure this happens by calling InjectHelper.injectMembers(this) at an appropriate time.

And the implementation of the id method might look like this:

    public String getId() {
        return "somethingimporter";

The important things to note are:

  • The getId method should return the identity of this import module, we just return the an id similar to our class name

And configuration parameters are defined in the getDefaultConfiguration method which might look like this:

    public Collection<ConfigurationParameter> getDefaultConfiguration() {
        return Arrays.asList(
           (ConfigurationParameter)new ConfigurationParameterEntity(
           (ConfigurationParameter)new ConfigurationParameterEntity(

The important things to note are:

  • The getDefaultConfiguration method will return the configuration parameters for this import module and their corresponding default value. These parameters can be retrieved during the import process through the getConfiguration method, the values returned from the getConfiguration method will either be the default value or the changed configuration provided by the user.

And the really interesting part is of course the execute method which might look like this:

    public void execute(ProcessingStatusCallback progressHandler) {
        try {
                  "Processing first item", 

            //TODO: Do something interesting

            if(isAborted()) {

            if(getConfiguration().getBooleanParameter("someparameter")) {
                      "Processing last item, alternative 1", 

                //TODO: Do something interesting for alternative 1
            }else {
                      "Processing last item, alternative 2", 

                //TODO: Do something interesting for alternative 2
        }catch (Throwable t) {
            if(entityManager.getTransaction().isActive()) {
            progressHandler.failed(getId() t.getLocalizedMessage());

The important things to note are:

  • The execute method will be called in a separate thread and should execute the logic for the complete import process.
  • Inside the execute method it's important to:
    • Call entityManager.getTransaction().begin() to initialize a new transaction
    • Call the progressHandler.progress method at regular interval and inform what you are currently doing, this will be used to show the progress to the user.
    • Call the progressHandler.finished method if the importer succeeeds or progressHandler.failed method if it fails
      • If an error occurs, call entityManager.getTransaction().setRollbackOnly() to rollback any changes in the current transaction.
    • Regulary call isAborted() to check if the import process have been aborted and in this case call progressHandler.aborted
    • Call entityManager.getTransaction().commit() at the end to commit all changes. An import method that performs a lot of modifications should typically call begin and commit() at regular interval to avoid gigantic transactions.

A typical import module will read information from an external source and use the repository classes to modify the SMD data, for example create new tracks, artists, releases and similar things.

For performance reasons, it's usually a good idea to regularly make the following call sequence:


This will make sure objects are regularly flushed and committed to the database, if you don't do this there is a risk the entityManager session gets really large and this can cause performance problems as it takes a long time to find objects in the session.

Registering importer class

A new importer class is registered by adding it to the file:

This file will be used by the standard Java ServiceLoader class inside MediaImportManagerModule to load all registered media importers.

Creating a new post processing module

Creating post processing class

A post processing module is implemented exactly the same way as a standard import module, the only difference is that it needs to implement the PostProcessor interface.

So the class implementation would look something like this:

public class SomethingPostProcessor extends AbstractProcessingModule 
             implements PostProcessor {


See above description regarding standard import modules for more details, the only thing special here is that:

  • It implements the PostProcessor interface to indicate that it's a post processing module and not a standard import module.

Registering post processing class

A new post processing class is registered by adding it to the file:


After implementation and registration, the standard import module is ready to use through the management API.

In the above sample, this means that:

  • We can start a new import by issuing a HTTP POST request to:
    • http://localhost:9998/mediaimportmodules/somethingimporter
  • We can get the current status by issuing a HTTP GET request to:
    • http://localhost:9998/mediaimportmodules/somethingimporter
  • We can abort an import by issuing a HTTP DELETE request to:
    • http://localhost:9998/mediaimportmodules/somethingimporter

The post processing module will execute automatically as a second phase after the import module, there isn't any management functions available to control it as a separate operation.

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