Client SDKs

Java Client

Updated: March 18, 2024

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

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Getting Started

Library Import

Compatible with Nuxeo Platform 7.10 - LTS 2015

See Nuxeo Java Client branch 1.0

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

You can download the client on our Nexus: Nuxeo Client Library 2.4-SNAPSHOT

Import Nuxeo Java Client with:




compile 'org.nuxeo.client:nuxeo-java-client:2.4-SNAPSHOT'


<dependency org="org.nuxeo.client" name="nuxeo-java-client" rev="2.4-SNAPSHOT" />


libraryDependencies += "org.nuxeo.client" % "nuxeo-java-client" % "2.4-SNAPSHOT"

Sub-Modules Organization

  • nuxeo-java-client: Nuxeo Java Client Library.
  • nuxeo-java-client-test: Nuxeo Java Client Suite Test.
  • NuxeoJavaClientSample: Nuxeo Java Client Android Application Sample And Suite Test.


Creating a Client

For a given url:

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

And given credentials (by default using the Basic Auth):

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...)


General rule:

  • When using fetch methods, NuxeoClient is making remote calls.
  • When using get methods, objects are retrieved from memory.

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();
newUser.setEmail("[email protected]");
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);


By default, Nuxeo java client is using the basic authentication via the okhttp interceptor org.nuxeo.client.internals.spi.auth.BasicAuthInterceptor.

The other available interceptors are:
  • org.nuxeo.client.internals.spi.auth.PortalSSOAuthInterceptor
  • org.nuxeo.client.internals.spi.auth.TokenAuthInterceptor
To add or use different interceptor(s):
  • Instantiate your org.nuxeo.client.api.NuxeoClient by passing null values in username and password parameters
  • Add an interceptor by using org.nuxeo.client.api.NuxeoClient#setAuthenticationMethod method.
To create a new interceptor:

Create a new java class implementing the interface okhttp3.Interceptor - see the okhttp documentation.


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:

  • Create a custom interface com.CustomAPI:
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);
  • Then create the custom object to fetch com.Custom:
package com;

import com.fasterxml.jackson.annotation.JsonIgnore;

public class Custom {

    protected String path;

    protected transient String other;
  • Finally the fetch service by extending org.nuxeo.client.api.objects.NuxeoEntity:
package com;

public class CustomService extends NuxeoEntity {

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

And it's done!

Pay attention to:

  • get exactly the same method name, both on the API and Service

  • provide inside getResponse(...) the same parameters found on the API


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

  • It can be activated by nuxeoClient.enableDefaultCache()

  • It will store all results from requests and will restore them regarding to their signatures.

  • The cache invalidation is triggered after 10 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 1 MB.

  • Customization can be done with different invalidation parameters by using org.nuxeo.client.api.NuxeoClient#setCache

  • org.nuxeo.client.api.NuxeoClient#setCache can be used to instantiate a custom cache implementing the interface org.nuxeo.client.api.cache.NuxeoResponseCache.

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 HTTP error status code (666 for internal errors)

  • An info message

  • The remote exception with stack trace (depending on the exception mode activated on Nuxeo server side


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


The initial nuxeo-automation-client is now old:

  • Client design was based on Automation API before REST endpoints where available in Nuxeo
  • A lot of features around upload & download are missing
  • Marshalling and exception management are sometimes bad

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 Java 6 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:

  • POJOS and Annotations.
  • Custom JSON generators and parsers.

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:

  • headers
  • base url
  • endpoint used
  • parameters
  • body
  • content type
  • ...?
How many?

5 caches should be implemented:

  • Raw Response Store: The server response is simply stored on the device so that it can be reused in case the server is unreachable OR to avoid too many frequent calls.
  • Document Response Store: Store the unmarshalled response objects (here Documents) and updates.
  • Document Transient Store bound with deferred calls queue: keeping changes of document.
  • Deferred Calls Queue: The Create Update Delete operation will be stored locally and replayed when the server is available. Requests pure calls.
  • Actions/Events


Pending questions: Invalidations

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

Potential rules offline:

  • When listing documents, check the document transient store
  • then check the document response store
  • then check the server response
  • Should we use ETag And/Or If-Modified-Since with HEAD method?
Potential Stores

Depending on client:

  • "In memory" - Guava for Java
  • "Database" - SQlite for Android
  • Local storage for JS
  • On disk for both
  • Others?
  • For the dirty properties of objects (like dirty properties of automation client for documents) - out of scope of caching

Error & Logging

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