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A module for the Magnolia CMS bringing in templating functions for expressing JCR nodes in JSON format.

Module will register new templating function class that one can then register with the renderer e.g. under /modules/rendering/renderers/freemarker/contextAttributes as


The above registration is done automatically for freemarker renderer and is meant only as example for other type of renderers one might be using.

Once registered, it is possible to use functions in templates as follows:

you tell functions what node you want to work with:


or maybe you want to work with all child nodes of given node instead:


or maybe you want to work with all child nodes of given workspace (used by your content app) instead:


or to add output into existing json (eg. array. Tip: to start w/ empty array, just pass in "[]"):

jsonfn.appendFrom(existingJsonString, node)

after that you can include all properties by calling (nothing is included by default)


you can also explicitly name those you want in:

.add(“myProp1”, “myProp2”, ...)

or just use regex:

.add(“my.*”, ...)

or if you need to include something based on the parent name use regex:

.add(“myParent.*['myChild']”, ...)

if you have included all, you exclude some properties by:

.exclude(“myProp1”, “myProp2”, ...)

you can also use regex when excluding props:

.exclude(“my.*”, “some.*more”, ...)

and you can also use regex when excluding props based on the parent name:

.exclude(“myParent.*['myChild']”, ...)

and most importantly you can also expand any property you want, by providing name of the expanded property and workspace name in which to look for the target:

.expand(“categoryId”, “category”)

You can select nodes to display their children as array (properties will be skipped):

.childrenAsArray("@nodeType", "productList")

This also works with regex for key and value:

.childrenAsArray("(@name|title)", ".*list")

Life can be hard and you might need to insert custom JSON somewhere.

.insertCustom("myPage/main/luckyNumbers", "[ 13, 42, 1337 ]")

Note that the path (first argument) is treated as a suffix, i.e. foo/bar matches /path/to/foo/bar.

You can also tell function to include links for renditions of binaries by calling:

.binaryLinkRendition("rendition1", "rendition2", ...)

and control how many levels down should printing node properties as json go (current level only by default):


and to force output in single line rather than formatted (prettyprinter) json array:


and to respecting current locale also in the json produced from passed in node


and to exclude some node types (by default ^(?!rep:).*$) This function is not additive, all allowed types need to be written as one regex!!!


and to replace some chars in property names that are not always loved by js frameworks (e.g. did you try to order by property w/ colon (:) in name in angularjs? )


and last but not least, when you built your chain of operations, you execute on them by calling:


What about deleted nodes? Normally you can filter those out easily yourself just by not passing them in the function. However sometimes, deleted node might be brought in as part of expansion of the property (when target of said property was deleted). When this happens, you are out of luck. Or rather you were out of luck. As of version 1.0.9, all deleted properties are filtered out by default. If for whatever reason you want to include deleted properties again, you can simply call allowDeleted() as part of your expression.



Released under the GPLv3, see LICENSE.txt.

Feel free to use this app, but if you modify the source code please fork us on Github.

Maven dependency



Version 1.0.x should be compatible with all Magnolia 5.x versions, but was tested only on 5.4.3 and not before. If you run into any issues w/ older versions, please report them back.

Latest version can be found at

Installation & updates

Upon instalation, module will register templating functions class and expose it under name jsonfn under freemarker renderer. To run, module requires Java 8.

Neat-JSONFN uses Jackson to produce json, so you will also need jackson-databind (and it's dependencies jackson-core and jackson-annotations). See for more details and download link. I have used version 2.6.4 (for no particular reason), but higher versions should be fine as well.

Module has also dependency on neat-tweaks-common jar version 2.0.3 or higher.

On Magnolia 5.3.x together with neat-tweaks

  • use neat-tweaks-developers & neat-tweaks-editors jars of version 1.0.x and neat-tweaks-common jar of version 2.0.x to make it play nicely with this module. If you use maven, all deps should be resolved correctly automatically. (Tested on 5.3.12)



  • added allowDeleted() and filter out deleted nodes targeted by expended properties by default.
  • #16 added support for excluding properties based on the parent name


  • #21 added support for adding properties based on the parent name
  • #17 support for renaming properties in generated json


  • skipped for no reason in particular (there's version of this library addopted and released by Magnolia that was released as 1.0.7)


  • added support for expanding properties
  • #15 added support for custom inserts (by CedricReichenbach)


  • #12 added new function to retrieve child nodes optionaly in array childrenAsArray()
  • #9 fixed issued with double escaping slashes depending on whether outputing JSON inside of JS string or not
  • #10 added support for nested expand
  • #8 added support for excluding subproperties
  • #7 removal of empty levels of hierarchies when filtering node types out (e.g. folders)


  • fixed errorneous comma added when appending to empty array in appendFrom()


  • #6 add support for substitution of characters in property names using .maskChar(':','_')
  • #4 Allow filtering of included sub nodes by node types regex using .allowOnlyNodeTypes("regex")
  • Overloaded fromChildNodesOf(String workspaceName) method to allow iterating over all content from content app easily
  • #5 make sure escapes are preserved where and as appropriate
  • when wrapping for i18n, wrap also expanded nodes


  • added inline() function to skip pretty printing json
  • added appendFrom(existingJsonString, node) function to support building custom json arrays
  • changed output for collections from objects to real json arrays
  • added wrapForI18n() function to allow outputing json arrays from nodes while respecting current locale


  • exclude binary properties to not corrupt produced json


  • functions to print JCR nodes in JSON format.
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