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What is this project ?

This module is an addon for nuxeo-platform-mail module that provides the MailFolder feature.

The goal of this module is to integrate Nuxeo Automation with nuxeo-platform-mail

Why would you use this ?

The MailFolder create Document from Mail using a configured chain of actions.

The extension point is called actionPipes.

The default configuration contains :


The action that will actually create the Document is CreateDocumentsAction.

So, if you want the mail folder to create custom Document types, you have to contribute your own Action and overriding the default chain.

  • this may seem more complex than actually needed (even if the code itself is rather simple)
  • today, all this configuration would be done via Automation

The goal of this addon is to do the heavy lifting and basically "make a new Mail Action that uses an Automation chain to do the creation".

This will allow you to define everything from within Nuxeo Studio.

Configuring the Automation chain

Automation Bridge

The new contributed MailAction will use a Chain to do the work.

The target chain will be lokked up by name :

  • using the name defined in the Nuxeo system property org.nuxeo.mail.automation.chain
  • defaulting to CreateMailDocumentFromAutomation

NB : in 5.8, we don't have a better way to handle this ...

Execution Context

The Automation context is filled with the ExecutionContext used in the MailActionPipe :

  • mailFolder : is the target MailFolder document
  • mailDocumentName : is the computed name for the Mail Document (it is not required to use it)
  • executionContext : is the ExecutionContext defined in the pipe
  • all properties available in the ExecutionContext are dumped at root of Automation Context :
    • subject is the mail subject
    • recipients is the list of recipients
    • ccRecipients is the list of recipients in CC
    • sendingDate is the date the mail was sent
    • attachments is the list of attached Blobs

Chain example

The Chain itself should be something like :

<chain id="CreateMailDocumentFromAutomation">
  <operation id="Context.RestoreDocumentInput">
    <param type="string" name="name">mailFolder</param>
  <operation id="Document.Create">
    <param type="string" name="type">MailMessage</param>
    <param type="string" name="name">expr:Context["mailDocumentName"]</param>
    <param type="properties" name="properties">expr:mail:messageId=@{messageId}
  <operation id="Context.SetInputAsVar">
    <param type="string" name="name">mailDocument</param>
  <operation id="Context.RunScript">
    <param type="string" name="script">


  <operation id="Context.RunOperationOnList">
    <param type="string" name="id">ProcessAttachment</param>
    <param type="string" name="list">attachments</param>
    <param type="boolean" name="isolate">false</param>
    <param type="string" name="item">attachment</param>
  <operation id="Context.RestoreDocumentInput">
    <param type="string" name="name">mailDocument</param>
  <operation id="Document.Save"/>
<chain id="ProcessAttachment">
  <operation id="Context.RestoreBlobInput">
    <param type="string" name="name">attachment</param>
  <operation id="Blob.Attach">
    <param type="document" name="document">expr:Context["mailDocument"]</param>
    <param type="boolean" name="save">false</param>
    <param type="string" name="xpath">files:files</param>


mvn clean install 

How to use it

1. Build and deploy the bundle

mvn clean install

copy in the bundles or plugins directory of your Nuxeo

2. Define your automation chain

Use Nuxeo Studio (or plain XML) to configure your Automation Chain.

You can take the provided one as example.

3. Tell the system to use your chain

Once your automation chains is deployed you have 2 options :

  1. you override the default CreateMailDocumentFromAutomation chain (i.e. you use the same name )
  2. you set the org.nuxeo.mail.automation.chain systel property to point to your chain id
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