Digital Asset Management

HOWTO: Contribute Picture Conversion

Updated: July 17, 2024

This page explains how picture conversions are structured, and provide instructions to perform the standard picture conversion operations.


Picture conversions are used to fill the picture views (stored in the picture:views field of a document having the Picture facet). The default ones are: Thumbnail, Small, Medium, FullHD, OriginalJpeg.

Picture conversions are simple XML contributions done on the pictureConversions extension point of the org.nuxeo.ecm.platform.picture.ImagingComponent component.

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Picture conversions are working only on documents having the Picture facet.

Common Conversion Contributions

Register a New Converter

As a sample, let's see how we can retrieve a text to use as a watermark from the picture document.

  • Contribute an XML extension to register a command line that will watermark the image:
<extension target="org.nuxeo.ecm.platform.commandline.executor.service.CommandLineExecutorComponent"
  <command name="watermarkWithText" enabled="true">
  <parameterString>#{sourceFilePath}  -gravity #{gravity} -fill #{textColor}
    -stroke #{strokeColor} -strokewidth #{strokeWidth} -pointsize #{textSize}
    -annotate #{textRotation}x#{textRotation}+#{xOffset}+#{yOffset}
    #{textValue} #{targetFilePath}</parameterString>
  <installationDirective>You need to install ImageMagick.</installationDirective>
  • Contribute an XML extension to register a converter that uses our new watermarkWithText command line.
<extension target="org.nuxeo.ecm.core.convert.service.ConversionServiceImpl" point="converter">
  <converter name="watermarkWithText" class="org.nuxeo.ecm.platform.convert.plugins.CommandLineConverter">
      <parameter name="CommandLineName">watermarkWithText</parameter>

Since Nuxeo 10.10 (LTS 2019), it is required to specify the source mime-type(s) the converter can handle (all the <sourceMimeType>image/*</sourceMimeType> in the example, but you can specify more than one). This can be disabled (not recommended) by setting the nuxeo.convert.enforceSourceMimeTypeCheck configuration parameter to false. (See this JIRA ticket for more details)

  • Create the WatermarkChain automation chain that will be used for the picture conversion, getting the text from the pictureDocument and call the registered watermarkWithText converter to watermark the image. Here, for the example, we watermark the title of the document on the image:
- Blob.RunConverter:
  converter: watermarkWithText
    textValue: "@{Context[\"pictureDocument\"].getPropertyValue(\"dc:title\")}"
    targetFileName: Watermarked
    gravity: SouthWest
    textColor: Red
    strokeColor: Red
    strokeWidth: "1"
    textSize: "100"
    textRotation: "0"
    xOffset: "0"
    yOffset: "0"

Notes on the chainId attribute

You can put your own chain here to do whatever you want. Just note the following:

  • The chain must take a Blob as input and return a Blob as output (this one will be saved as the generated picture view).
  • The chain takes a parameters parameter which is a map containing the expected values computed by the ImagingService (width, height, depth and conversionFormat).
  • The picture document, if any, on which the conversion is done is stored in the Context as the pictureDocument variable.
  • The chain is run outside any Transaction / CoreSession because a conversion could be long and should be done outside any Transaction to avoid timeouts. If you need to open a CoreSession yourself, you can use the Context.RunFileOperation operation with the parameter newTx set to true to start a new Transaction, and then the Auth.LoginAs operation to open a CoreSession.

Add a New Picture Conversion

Let's declare a new picture conversion, which uses the new picture converter, by contributing on the pictureConversions extension point:

<extension target="org.nuxeo.ecm.platform.picture.ImagingComponent" point="pictureConversions">
  <pictureConversion id="Watermark" description="Watermarked image"
    tag="watermark" order="0" chainId="WatermarkChain" />

Noteworthy Attributes

  • order: The order of this picture conversion in the final list of picture views, smaller first.
  • chainId: the Automation chain associated to this picture conversion. Here we use the WatermarkChain automation chain. Another possible option would be to use the default Image.Blob.Resize automation operation (If you need for exemple to just resize the image). If the chainId attribute is not filled, the original Blob will be returned and use for the generated picture view.
  • maxSize: The maximum size of the width or height of the image (depending of the bigger one on the original image). Not setting the maxSize will put the original width and height as expected values.

You should end up with something like this on your instance:


You can now click on the Watermark line to download the watermarked picture:


Run a Converter in a New CoreSession

If you need to open a CoreSession to retrieve a document, for instance the parent document which will hold the watermark text, you will need two chains, one opening a Transaction / CoreSession, and another one doing the watermarking.

  • First, create the GetWatermarkTextChain automation chain that will retrieve the text, and put it in the Context:
- Blob.Push
- Auth.LoginAs: {}
- Document.Fetch: value: "@{Context[\"pictureDocument\"].parentRef}"
- Context.SetVar:
    name: watermarkText
    value: "@{Document[\"myparentschema:watermarkText\"]}"
- Blob.Pop
  • Now, we need the WatermarkChain chain that will be used for the picture conversion, getting the text from the Context and call a custom operation that will watermark the image:
- Context.RunFileOperation:
    id: GetWatermarkText
    isolate: "false"
    newTx: "true"
    rollbackGlobalOnError: "true"
- WatermarkOperation:
    watermarkText: "@{Context[\"watermarkText\"]}"

Filter Picture Conversions

Picture conversions can be filtered so that you can choose which picture conversions should be executed on a given document. The filtering is done through standard filters we already use in the Nuxeo Platform.

In the execution context of the filters you can use on a picture conversion, you only have access to the detached document. There is no principal, currentUser or coreSession. You cannot access the Seam beans as the conversion is done in a worker.

Let's say we want to execute the previous Watermark picture conversion only on documents that have their dc:source value to MyCompany and their dc:language value not equals to english.

  • First, contribute the filters:
<extension target="org.nuxeo.ecm.platform.actions.ActionService"
  <filter id="grantMyCompany">
    <rule grant="true">
      <condition>#{currentDocument.dc.source == "MyCompany"}</condition>
    <filter id="denyEnglish">
      <rule grant="false">
        <condition>#{currentDocument.dc.language == "english"}</condition>
  • Then associate the filters to the picture conversion by updating the picture conversion contribution:
<extension target="org.nuxeo.ecm.platform.picture.ImagingComponent"
  <pictureConversion id="Watermark" description="Watermarked image" tag="watermark"
  order="0" chainId="WatermarkChain">

Disable or Update a Default Conversion

If you need to disable a default conversion, just override the pictureConversions extension point, and add the enabled=false attribute:

<extension point="pictureConversions"
  <pictureConversion enabled="false" chainId="Image.Blob.Resize"
    default="true" description="Medium size"
    id="Medium" maxSize="1000" order="200" rendition="true"/>

In this scenario, the Medium conversion won't be automated anymore and won't be displayed as available conversion in Nuxeo Web UI.

Display a Custom Conversion in the Preview Section

The default document view layout of Nuxeo Web UI displays the main file preview (i.e. the binary stored in file:content). To display a specific conversion, you need to edit the view layout by

  • Commenting the default previewer
<!-- comment this section -->
<nuxeo-document-viewer role="widget" document="[[document]]"></nuxeo-document-viewer>
  • Add the nuxeo-document-preview element to fetch a specific rendition.
  <nuxeo-document-preview document="[[document]]"

The 1 value in the xpath attribute corresponds to the order of the picture conversion in the list of picture views.

This is what should be expected:


Set Security on a Specific Conversion

If you need to grant or deny access to a specific rendition, the simplest way is to use the File Download Security Policies. This could be helpful is you want to restrict access to a high resolution to a specific user group.

In this exemple, only members of the human_ressources_department group can access the Watermark picture.

<extension target="" point="permissions">
    <permission name="myperm">
        function run() {
        if (!CurrentUser.getGroups().contains("human_ressources_department")
              && XPath == "picture:views/1/content") {
          return false;
        return true;