Alfresco offers a rich remote API using its WebScripts technology which is based on the REST paradigm. This projects provides a set of scripts that makes it more easy to interact with the repository and its exposed resources.
Create or change users, create sites, manage group membership form the command line instead of the user interface.
Also great for automation: Create some hundreds of users from a table and automatically add to a set of groups? This becomes a one liner with the Alfresco shell tools.
Reported use cases have been:
- Backup User-Group relationships
- Provision demo systems
- Keep avatar pictures in sync with a 3rth party source
- pregenerate >100k thumbnail images
- Initial import of users and groups, along with user-group and group-subgroup assignements
- Create a bunch of tenants for a multi-tenancy enabled Alfresco
- Do repetitive maintenance tasks for multiple tenants in one go
How to start?
- check out the scripts or download a release tarball
- install required 3-rd party tools for json handling http://kmkeen.com/jshon/
- set environment variables
- install web-scripts from
- have fun
Required environment variables:
Optional environment variables:
Note: 'x' means working, ' ' untested with 5.1, 'X' requires alfresco administrator privileges, '-' not working.
The available commands are:
[X]alfAddAuthorityToGroup.sh [x]alfCreateCalendarEntry.sh [X]alfCreateGroup.sh [X]alfCreateSite.sh [x]alfCreateTenant.sh [x]alfCreateUser.sh [x]alfDeleteAuthorityFromGroup.sh [x]alfDeleteGroup.sh [x]alfDelete.sh [X]alfDeleteSite.sh [x]alfDeleteUser.sh [x]alfGetCompanyHomeNodeRef.sh [x]alfGet.sh [x]alfGetPermissions.sh [x]alfGetThumbnail.sh [x]alfGetUserHomeFolder.sh [x]alfGetUser.sh [x]alfListGroupMembers.sh [x]alfListGroups.sh [x]alfListTenants.sh [x]alfListUsers.sh [x]alfListUsersSite.sh [x]alfMetadata.sh [x]alfMkdir.sh [x]alfNodeRef2Path.sh [x]alfPath2NodeRef.sh [x]alfRename.sh [x]alfResetAvatar.sh [x]alfSearch.sh [x]alfSetAvatar.sh [x]alfSetPermissions.sh [x]alfUpdateUser.sh [x]alfUpload.sh
Note: alfCreateSite.sh alfDeleteSite.sh alfInviteUser.sh are not tested with Alfresco 4.x (pre-CSRF protection)
-h to get a detailed description of each command.
$ alfSearch.sh -h usage: ./bin/alfSearch.sh [global options] [command specific options] arguments global options: -h help shows this help screen -v verbose displays information while executing -E endpoint Alfresco endpoint -S share endpoint Alfresco share endpoint -U user Alfresco user id used in authentication -P password password used for authenticaiton -C curl opts any additional options pass to curl command options: -p property name which property of each search result node should be printed to stdout. Possible values are nodeRef(default), name, path, type, displayName, title, description, modifiedOn, modifiedBy, modifiedByUser, size, mimetype, path -m [property|json] output mode: 'property' (default) prints the value of the property given by -p. Mode 'json' prints the whole result set as a json object. command arguments: SEARCHTERM an Alfresco search term command explanation: the alfSearch.sh command issues a search against the Alfresco repository and prints each the nodeRef of each hit. usage examples: ./alfSearch.sh 'this is fun' --> executes a full text search for 'this is fun' ./alfSearch.sh 'TYPE:myns:mydoctype' | wc -l --> prints the number of documents of type myns:mydoctype side note about the Alfresco search and the implications of the various implementations If Alfresco uses the LUCENE search backend, the result list will not be stable. This is due to internal performance optimizations done by Alfresco and depends on cache filling levels and system load. As a result the search will return more results on subsequence executions. If Alfresco is configured to use the SOLR search backend, the result list will be 'eventual consistent'. This simple means, the Alfresco content is indexed by a background job in an asynchronous manner and and therefore will not contain all content at any point in time. However, the result list is stable, taking into account what is indexed so far. the alfresco shell tools are created by firstname.lastname@example.org - http://www.ecm4u.de - http://www.ecm-market.de anybody jumps in?