Java Client Library 2.3 for the Nuxeo Platform REST APIs

The Nuxeo Java Client is a Java client library (can be used for Android) for the Nuxeo Automation and REST API.

This is supported by Nuxeo and compatible with Nuxeo LTS 2016 and latest FastTracks.

Here is the Documentation Website.

Build Status


mvn clean install

Getting Started


Library Import

Compatible with Nuxeo Platform 7.10 - LTS 2015

Here is the Nuxeo Client Library 1.0.

Compatible with Nuxeo Platform 8.10 - LTS 2016 and 9.x - FastTracks

Here is the Nuxeo Client Library 2.3.

Import Nuxeo Java Client with:


  <version>1.0</version> (or <version>2.3</version>)


compile 'org.nuxeo.client:nuxeo-java-client:1.0' (or 2.3)


<dependency org="org.nuxeo.client" name="nuxeo-java-client" rev="1.0" (or 2.3) />


libraryDependencies += "org.nuxeo.client" % "nuxeo-java-client" % "1.0" (or 2.3)

Sub-Modules Organization


Creating a Client

For a given url:

String url = "http://localhost:8080/nuxeo";

And given credentials:

import org.nuxeo.client.api.NuxeoClient;

NuxeoClient nuxeoClient = new NuxeoClient(url, "Administrator", "Administrator");


// For defining session and transaction timeout
nuxeoClient = nuxeoClient.timeout(60).transactionTimeout(60);
// For defining global schemas, global enrichers and global headers in general
nuxeoClient = nuxeoClient.schemas("dublincore", "common").enrichers("acls","preview").header(key1,value1).header(key2, value2);
// For defining all schemas
nuxeoClient = nuxeoClient.schemas("*");
// To enable cache
nuxeoClient = nuxeoClient.enableDefaultCache();
// To logout (shutdown the client, headers etc...)
nuxeoClient = nuxeoClient.logout();


General rule:

Automation API

To use the Automation API, org.nuxeo.client.api.NuxeoClient#automation() is the entry point for all calls:

import org.nuxeo.client.api.objects.Document;

// Fetch the root document
Document result = nuxeoClient.automation().param("value", "/").execute("Repository.GetDocument");
import org.nuxeo.client.api.objects.Operation;
import org.nuxeo.client.api.objects.Documents;

// Execute query
Operation operation = nuxeoClient.automation("Repository.Query").param("query", "SELECT * " + "FROM Document");
Documents result = operation.execute();
import org.nuxeo.client.api.objects.blob.Blob;

// To upload|download blob(s)

Blob fileBlob = new Blob(io.File file);
blob = nuxeoClient.automation().newRequest("Blob.AttachOnDocument").param("document", "/folder/file").input(fileBlob).execute();

Blobs inputBlobs = new Blobs();
inputBlobs.add(io.File file1);
inputBlobs.add(io.File file2);
Blobs blobs = nuxeoClient.automation().newRequest("Blob.AttachOnDocument").param("xpath", "files:files").param("document", "/folder/file").input(inputBlobs).execute();

Blob resultBlob = nuxeoClient.automation().input("folder/file").execute("Document.GetBlob");

Repository API

import org.nuxeo.client.api.objects.Document;

// Fetch the root document
Document root = nuxeoClient.repository().fetchDocumentRoot();
// Fetch document in a specific repository
root = nuxeoClient.repository().repositoryName("other_repo").fetchDocumentRoot();
// Fetch document by path
Document folder = nuxeoClient.repository().fetchDocumentByPath("/folder_2");
// Create a document
Document folder = nuxeoClient.repository().fetchDocumentByPath("/folder_1");
Document document = new Document("file", "File");
document.set("dc:title", "new title");
document = nuxeoClient.repository().createDocumentByPath("/folder_1", document);
// Update a document
Document document = nuxeoClient.repository().fetchDocumentByPath("/folder_1/note_0");
Document documentUpdated = new Document("test update", "Note");
documentUpdated.set("dc:title", "note updated");
documentUpdated.setTitle("note updated");
documentUpdated.set("dc:nature", "test");
documentUpdated = nuxeoClient.repository().updateDocument(documentUpdated);
// Delete a document
Document documentToDelete = nuxeoClient.repository().fetchDocumentByPath("/folder_1/note_1");
// Fetch children
Document folder = nuxeoClient.repository().fetchDocumentByPath("/folder_2");
Documents children = folder.fetchChildren();
// Fetch blob
Document file = nuxeoClient.repository().fetchDocumentByPath("/folder_2/file");
Blob blob = file.fetchBlob();
import org.nuxeo.client.api.objects.audit.Audit;
// Fetch the document Audit
Document root = nuxeoClient.repository().fetchDocumentRoot();
Audit audit = root.fetchAudit();
// Execute query
Documents documents = nuxeoClient.repository().query("SELECT * " + "From Note");

import org.nuxeo.client.api.objects.RecordSet;
// With RecordSets
RecordSet documents = nuxeoClient.automation().param("query", "SELECT * FROM Document").execute("Repository.ResultSetQuery");
import retrofit2.Callback;
// Fetch document asynchronously with callback
nuxeoClient.repository().fetchDocumentRoot(new Callback<Document>() {
            public void onResponse(Call<Document> call, Response<Document>
                    response) {
                if (!response.isSuccessful()) {
                    ObjectMapper objectMapper = new ObjectMapper();
                    NuxeoClientException nuxeoClientException;
                    try {
                        nuxeoClientException = objectMapper.readValue(response.errorBody().string(),
                    } catch (IOException reason) {
                        throw new NuxeoClientException(reason);
                Document folder = response.body();
                assertEquals("Folder", folder.getType());
                assertEquals("document", folder.getEntityType());
                assertEquals("/folder_2", folder.getPath());
                assertEquals("Folder 2", folder.getTitle());

            public void onFailure(Call<Document> call, Throwable t) {


To manage permission, please look inside package org.nuxeo.client.api.objects.acl to handle ACP, ACL and ACE:

// Fetch Permissions of the current document
Document folder = nuxeoClient.repository().fetchDocumentByPath("/folder_2");
ACP acp = folder.fetchPermissions();
assertTrue(acp.getAcls().size() != 0);
assertEquals("inherited", acp.getAcls().get(0).getName());
assertEquals("Administrator", acp.getAcls().get(0).getAces().get(0).getUsername());
// Create permission on the current document
GregorianCalendar begin = new GregorianCalendar(2015, Calendar.JUNE, 20, 12, 34, 56);
GregorianCalendar end = new GregorianCalendar(2015, Calendar.JULY, 14, 12, 34, 56);
ACE ace = new ACE();
// Remove permissions in 'local' on the current document for a given name
// Remove permissions on the current document for those given parameters
folder.removePermission(idACE, "user0", "local");

Batch Upload

Batch uploads are executed through the org.nuxeo.client.api.objects.upload.BatchUpload.

// Batch Upload Initialization
BatchUpload batchUpload = nuxeoClient.fetchUploadManager();
// Upload File
File file = FileUtils.getResourceFileFromContext("sample.jpg");
batchUpload = batchUpload.upload(file.getName(), file.length(), "jpg", batchUpload.getBatchId(), "1", file);

// Fetch this file
BatchFile batchFile = batchUpload.fetchBatchFile("1");

import org.nuxeo.client.api.objects.upload.BatchFile;
// Upload another file and check files
file = FileUtils.getResourceFileFromContext("blob.json");
batchUpload.upload(file.getName(), file.length(), "json", batchUpload.getBatchId(), "2", file);
List<BatchFile> batchFiles = batchUpload.fetchBatchFiles();

Batch upload can be executed in a chunk mode.

// Upload file chunks
BatchUpload batchUpload = nuxeoClient.fetchUploadManager().enableChunk();
File file = FileUtils.getResourceFileFromContext("sample.jpg");
batchUpload = batchUpload.upload(file.getName(), file.length(), "jpg", batchUpload.getBatchId(), "1", file);

Chunk size is by default 1MB (int 1024*1024). You can update this value with:


Attach batch to a document:

Document doc = new Document("file", "File");
doc.set("dc:title", "new title");
doc = nuxeoClient.repository().createDocumentByPath("/folder_1", doc);
doc.set("file:content", batchUpload.getBatchBlob());
doc = doc.updateDocument();

or via Automation:

Document doc = new Document("file", "File");
doc.set("dc:title", "new title");
doc = nuxeoClient.repository().createDocumentByPath("/folder_1", doc);
Operation operation = nuxeoClient.automation("Blob.AttachOnDocument").param("document", doc);
Blob blob = batchUpload.execute(operation);


// Fetch a directory
Directory directory = nuxeoClient.getDirectoryManager().fetchDirectory("continent");


import org.nuxeo.client.api.objects.user.CurrentUser;
// Fetch current user
CurrentUser currentUser = nuxeoClient.fetchCurrentUser();
import org.nuxeo.client.api.objects.user.User;
// Fetch user
User user = nuxeoClient.getUserManager().fetchUser("Administrator");
import org.nuxeo.client.api.objects.user.Group;
// Fetch group
Group group = nuxeoClient.getUserManager().fetchGroup("administrators");
// Create User/Group

UserManager userManager = nuxeoClient.getUserManager();
User newUser = new User();
List<String> groups = new ArrayList<>();
User user = userManager.createUser(newUser);

UserManager userManager = nuxeoClient.getUserManager();
Group group = new Group();
group.setGroupLabel("Toto Group");
List<String> users = new ArrayList<>();
group = userManager.createGroup(group);
// Update User/Group
User updatedUser = userManager.updateUser(user);
Group updatedGroup = userManager.updateGroup(group);
// Remove User/Group
// Add User to Group
userManager.addUserToGroup("Administrator", "totogroup");
userManager.attachGroupToUser("members", "Administrator");


import org.nuxeo.client.api.objects.workflow.Workflows;
// Fetch current user workflow instances
Workflows workflows = nuxeoClient.fetchCurrentUser().fetchWorkflowInstances();
// Fetch document workflow instances
Workflows workflows = nuxeoClient.repository().fetchDocumentRoot().fetchWorkflowInstances();

Manual REST Calls

NuxeoClient allows manual rest calls with the 4 main methods GET,POST,PUT,DELETE and provides json (de)serializer helpers:

import okhttp3.Response;

// GET Method and Deserialize Json Response Payload
Response response = nuxeoClient.get("NUXEO_URL/path/");
assertEquals(true, response.isSuccessful());
String json = response.body().string();
Document document = (Document) nuxeoClient.getConverterFactory().readJSON(json, Document.class);
// PUT Method and Deserialize Json Response Payload
Response response = nuxeoClient.put("NUXEO_URL/path/", "{\"entity-type\": \"document\",\"properties\": {\"dc:title\": \"new title\"}}");
assertEquals(true, response.isSuccessful());
String json = response.body().string();
Document document = (Document) nuxeoClient.getConverterFactory().readJSON(json, Document.class);


All APIs from the client are executable in Asynchronous way.

All apis are duplicated with an additional parameter retrofit2.Callback<T>.

When no response is needed (204 No Content Status for example), use retrofit2.Callback<ResponseBody> (okhttp3.ResponseBody). This object can be introspected like the response headers or status for instance.

Custom Endpoints/Marshallers

nuxeo-java-client is using retrofit to deploy the endpoints and FasterXML to create marshallers.

Here an example:

package com;

import com.Custom

import retrofit2.Call;
import retrofit2.http.GET;
import retrofit2.http.Path;

public interface CustomAPI {

    Call<Custom> fetchCustom(@Path("example") String example);
package com;

import com.fasterxml.jackson.annotation.JsonIgnore;

public class Custom {

    protected String path;

    protected transient String other;
package com;

public class CustomService extends NuxeoEntity {

    public Custom fetchCustom(String example) {
        return (Custom) getResponse(example);

And it's done!

Pay attention to:


The default built-in cache in nuxeo-java-client is "in memory" (org.nuxeo.client.api.cache.ResultCacheInMemory).


If you have specific needs, don't hesitate to create an issue on this repository, all feedbacks are welcome!


The main exception manager for the nuxeo-java-client is org.nuxeo.client.internals.spi.NuxeoClientException and contains:


The Testing suite or TCK can be found in this project nuxeo-java-client-test.


The initial nuxeo-automation-client is now old :

The nuxeo-automation-client was then forked to build a Android version with some caching.


JVM & Android

The nuxeo-java-client must works on both a standard JVM and Android Dalvik VM.

Java 6 & Java 7

Library must work on older Java versions. The goal is to be able to use nuxeo-java-client from application running in Java6 or Java 7.

Light dependencies

The library should be easy to embed so we want to have as few dependencies as possible.

Cache compliant

If needed, for example on Android, we should be able to easily add caching logic.

We do not need to implement all the caching features that were inside the Android Client, but we need to design the library so that adding them can be done without breaking the library structure.

Exception Management

Client should be able to retrieve the remote Exception easily and access to the trace feature would be ideal.

Design Principles

JS like

Make the API look like the JS one (Fluent, Promises ...)

Retrolambda & Retrofit

Share the http lib between JVM and Android. Allow to use Lambda in the code.

Jackson & Marshaling

By default, the library fasterXML Jackson is used for objects marshalling in nuxeo-java-client.

Several usages:

Caching Interceptors


If needed, for example on Android, we should be able to easily add caching logic.


All caches should be accessible via a generated cache key defined by the request itself:

How many?

3 caches should be implemented:


Pending questions: Invalidations

----> What would be a default timeout for each cache?

Potential rules offline:

Potential Stores

Depending on client:


Error & Logging

The NuxeoClientException within nuxeo-java-client is consuming the default and the extended rest exception response by the server. Here the documentation

Reporting Issues

We are glad to welcome new developers on this initiative, and even simple usage feedback is great.

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