Enabling Assets

Many of Liferay’s applications (e.g. Blogs, Documents and Media, Message Boards, etc.) are asset-enabled out of the box. You can publish assets with the Asset Publisher widget or even create Asset Libraries. With the help of Service Builder, you can asset-enable your custom application. See the sample project below to learn how.

Get the Sample Code

  1. Start Liferay DXP. If you don’t already have a docker container, use

    docker run -it -m 8g -p 8080:8080 liferay/dxp:7.4.13-u22

    If you’re running a different Liferay Portal version or Liferay DXP, adjust the above command accordingly.

  2. Download and unzip Enabling Assets.

    curl -O
  3. From the module root, build and deploy.

    ./gradlew deploy$(docker ps -lq)


    This command is the same as copying the deployed jars to /opt/liferay/osgi/modules on the Docker container.

  4. Confirm the deployment in the Liferay Docker container console.

    STARTED com.acme.s5e6.api_1.0.0 [1433]
    STARTED com.acme.s5e6.service_1.0.0 [1434]
    STARTED com.acme.s5e6.web_1.0.0 [1435]
  5. Open your browser to https://localhost:8080.

  6. Add the S5E6 Portlet to a page. You can find the example portlet under Sample Widgets.

  7. Also add an Asset Publisher widget to the same page. You can find the widget under Content Management.

  8. Add an entry with the S5E6 Portlet (e.g. s5e6_name1 and s5e6_description1) and click Submit.

  9. The S5E6 Portlet is asset-enabled and therefore the added entry appears automatically in the Asset Publisher widget.

    The added entry appears automatically in the Asset Publisher widget

Search Enabled Prerequisite

This tutorial assumes that you have a Service Builder application that is already search enabled. At minimum, your application needs:

* - registers the search services to the search framework for the application’s entities (e.g.

* - configures the re-indexing and batch re-indexing behavior of entries (e.g.

* - constructs the result summary for entries (e.g.

See the Developer Guide in Using Search to learn more about enabling search.

Modify the Service Model Definition

To enable assets, make the following changes to your entity:

  1. Add the following data fields if you don’t already have them defined:

    <!-- Group instance -->
    <column name="groupId" type="long" />
    <!-- Audit fields -->
    <column name="companyId" type="long" />
    <column name="userId" type="long" />
    <column name="userName" type="String" />
    <column name="createDate" type="Date" />
    <column name="modifiedDate" type="Date" />

    The Asset Framework requires these fields to keep track of your application’s data.

  2. Add an asset entry entity reference right before the closing </entity> tag. Later, you’ll make a change so that when a new application entry is added, a corresponding entry is added to Liferay’s AssetEntry table.

    <reference entity="AssetEntry" package-path="com.liferay.portlet.asset" />
  3. Re-run Service Builder.

    ./gradlew s5e6-service:buildService

Update the Service Layer

To add your custom entity as a Liferay asset, you must invoke the assetEntryLocalService’s updateEntry() method in your project’s -LocalServiceImpl Java class. Calling assetEntryLocalService.updateEntry() adds a new row (corresponding to the application’s entry) to the AssetEntry table. The updateEntry() method both adds and updates asset entries because it checks to see whether the asset entry exists and then takes appropriate action.

Here’s what it looks like in the example project:

		s5e6Entry.getUserId(), s5e6Entry.getGroupId(),
		s5e6Entry.getCreateDate(), s5e6Entry.getModifiedDate(),
		S5E6Entry.class.getName(), s5e6Entry.getS5E6EntryId(),
		s5e6Entry.getUuid(), 0, null, null, true, true, null, null, null,
		null, ContentTypes.TEXT, s5e6Entry.getName(),
		s5e6Entry.getDescription(), s5e6Entry.getDescription(), null, null,
		0, 0, 1.0);

	return s5e6Entry;

If you check the Javadocs for the AssetEntryLocalServiceImpl class, you’ll see that the method is overloaded. We use the version of updateEntry() that takes a title parameter so that we can set the asset entry’s title.

Re-run Service Builder after making the change.

Create an Asset Renderer

Assets are display versions of entities, so they contain fields such as title, description, and summary. Liferay uses these fields to display assets. Asset renderers translate an entity into an asset via these fields.

  1. In you application, create a -AssetRender class that extends Liferay’s BaseJSPAssetRenderer class. For example,

    public class S5E6EntryAssetRenderer extends BaseJSPAssetRenderer<S5E6Entry> {
  2. Define the asset renderer class’s constructor:

    	public S5E6EntryAssetRenderer(S5E6Entry s5e6Entry) {
     	_s5e6Entry = s5e6Entry;
  3. Connect your asset renderer to your asset by using the different getter methods:

    public S5E6Entry getAssetObject() {
    	return _s5e6Entry;
    public String getClassName() {
    	return S5E6Entry.class.getName();
    public long getClassPK() {
    	return _s5e6Entry.getS5E6EntryId();
    public long getGroupId() {
    	return _s5e6Entry.getGroupId();
    public String getJspPath(
    	HttpServletRequest httpServletRequest, String template) {
    	return null;
    public String getSummary(
    	PortletRequest portletRequest, PortletResponse portletResponse) {
    	return _s5e6Entry.getDescription();
    public String getTitle(Locale locale) {
    	return _s5e6Entry.getName();
    public long getUserId() {
    	return _s5e6Entry.getUserId();
    public String getUserName() {
    	return _s5e6Entry.getUserName();
    public String getUuid() {
    	return _s5e6Entry.getUuid();

    Note that in this example the getTitle() method is set to the name attribute and getSummary() method is set to the description attribute of the application.

Create an Asset Renderer Factory

After creating an asset renderer, you need to create a factory class to generate asset renderers for each asset instance.

  1. In the same folder as above, create an -AssetRendererFactory class that extends Liferay’s BaseAssetRendererFactory class. For example,

    public class S5E6EntryAssetRendererFactory extends BaseAssetRendererFactory<S5E6Entry> {
  2. Create an @Component annotation above the class declaration. This annotation registers the factory instance for the asset. The service element should point to the AssetRenderFactory.class interface.

    @Component(service = AssetRendererFactory.class)
  3. Create a constructor for the factory class that presets attributes of the factory.

    public S5E6EntryAssetRendererFactory() {

    Set setLinkable to true so that other assets can select your asset as a related asset. Set setSearchable to true so that your assets can be found when searching.

  4. Implement the getAssetRenderer method, which constructs a new S5E6AssetRenderer instance.

    public AssetRenderer<S5E6Entry> getAssetRenderer(long classPK, int type)
    	throws PortalException {
    	S5E6EntryAssetRenderer s5e6EntryAssetRenderer =
    		new S5E6EntryAssetRenderer(
    	return s5e6EntryAssetRenderer;
  5. Make sure to use the @Reference annotation to define the module’s symbolic name.

    	target = "(osgi.web.symbolicname=com.acme.s5e6.web)"

Modify the Portlet

The S5E6Portlet’s addS5E6Entry method handles requests to add S5E6Entry instances.

public void addS5E6Entry(
		ActionRequest actionRequest, ActionResponse actionResponse)
	throws PortalException {

	ThemeDisplay themeDisplay = (ThemeDisplay)actionRequest.getAttribute(

	ServiceContext serviceContext = ServiceContextFactory.getInstance(
		S5E6Entry.class.getName(), actionRequest);

		themeDisplay.getUserId(), themeDisplay.getSiteGroupId(),
		ParamUtil.getString(actionRequest, "description"),
		ParamUtil.getString(actionRequest, "name"), serviceContext);

Since addS5E6Entry is a portlet action method, it takes ActionRequest and ActionResponse parameters. To make the service call to add a new entry, the title and description must be retrieved from the request. The serviceContext must also be retrieved from the request and passed as an argument in the service call.

The portlet’s view.jsp contains a form with an actionURL that invokes the portlet’s addS5E6Entry method.

<h5>Add S5E6 Entry</h5>

<portlet:actionURL name="addS5E6Entry" var="addS5E6EntryURL" />

<aui:form action="<%= addS5E6EntryURL %>">
	<aui:input name="name" type="text" />

	<aui:input name="description" type="text" />

	<aui:button type="submit" value="submit" />

The portlet is asset enabled. Your application’s entries can now be found and displayed as assets.