Web UI

HOWTO: Deploy Web UI Within a Nuxeo Server

Updated: March 18, 2024

This documentation explains the Web UI deployment within a Nuxeo server. The Web UI marketplace installs the needed resources in $NUXEO_SERVER/nxserver/nuxeo.war/ui to run the Web UI.


$NUXEO_SERVER/nxserver/nuxeo.war/ui% tree
├── bower_components
│   ├── ...
├── document
│    │── ... (dynamically loaded document layout element according to document type)
│   ├── file
│   │   ├── nuxeo-file-create-layout.html
│   │   ├── nuxeo-file-edit-layout.html
│   │   ├── nuxeo-file-import-layout.html
│   │   ├── nuxeo-file-metadata-layout.html
│   │   └── nuxeo-file-view-layout.html
│   ├── folder
│   │   ├── nuxeo-folder-create-layout.html
│   │   └── nuxeo-folder-edit-layout.html
│   ├── note
│   │   ├── nuxeo-note-create-layout.html
│   │   ├── nuxeo-note-edit-layout.html
│   │   ├── nuxeo-note-import-layout.html
│   │   ├── nuxeo-note-metadata-layout.html
│   │   └── nuxeo-note-view-layout.html
├── elements.html (all structural Web UI resources vulcanized within this single file, cannot be overriden)
├── favicon.ico
├── i18n
│   ├── i18n.html
│   ├── messages-de.json
│   ├── messages-fr.json
│   ├── messages-ja.json
│   ├── messages.json
│   └── messages-pt-PT.json
├── images
│    └── ...
├── index.jsp
├── manifest.json
├── nuxeo-admin
│    └── (admin menu sub pages)
├── nuxeo-home.html
├── nuxeo-user-group-management
│    └── ...
├── search
│    └── ...
├── styles
│   ├── *-theme.html (theme resources, * is the theme name)
├── vendor
│    └── ...
├── webcomponentsjs
│   └── webcomponents-lite.min.js
└── workflow
    └── (dynamically loaded task layout element)

About the Web UI structure:

  • the index.jsp serves the Web UI.
  • the elements.html is a vulcanized file which groups the structural code of the Web UI.
  • the nuxeo-home.html is the element that renders the home dashboard of the Web UI (see the dashboard documentation to put your custom dashboard in place).
  • the document directory provides the layout elements to create, view, edit, import etc. the data of a given document type. In the above snippet, we see elements to provide layouts for documents of type File, Folder and Note. The convention is nuxeo-{documentType}-{mode}-layout.html where:
    • {documentType} is the document type i.e. Folder, Note, Note, etc.
    • {mode} is the layout mode i.e. Create, View , Edit, Import, etc. See the layout elements documentation for further details.
  • the i18n directory provides internationalization files to translate Web UI labels (See the managing translation documentation).
  • the workflow directory providers the layout elements to complete workflow tasks. See the workflow tasks documentation for further details.

How to Deploy Additional Web UI Resources

In order to extend the Web UI (outside Studio), you'll need to create your own marketplace which will deploy your own resources in $NUXEO_SERVER/nxserver/nuxeo.war/ui.

Let's have a look at the Nuxeo Drive addon. Nuxeo Drive defines among others a nuxeo-drive-web-ui bundle deployed in a server by its [marketplace](https://github.com/nuxeo/marketplace-drive/tree/1.7_9.10.

First important point is the nuxeodrive-webresources-contrib.xml file which provides the following contribution:

<component name="org.nuxeo.drive.web.ui.resources.contrib">


  <extension target="org.nuxeo.ecm.platform.WebResources" point="resources">
    <resource name="nuxeo-drive.html" type="import" shrinkable="false">

  <extension target="org.nuxeo.ecm.platform.WebResources" point="bundles">
    <bundle name="web-ui">
      <resources append="true">


This makes nuxeo-drive.html accessible in the index.jsp (deployed in $NUXEO_SERVER/nxserver/nuxeo.war/ui/ and is the access point of the Web UI). Of course, this extension is declared in the nuxeo-drive-web-ui's OSGI bundle MANIFEST like any other Nuxeo extension.

The requirement on org.nuxeo.web.ui.resources is important as it ensures your extension is deployed after the Web UI. This is how you'll be able to potentially override/redefine part of the default Web UI such as the dashboard.

Note that nuxeo-drive.html defines mostly slot contents (see the Web UI slot documentation but it also includes import of new elements used in declared slot contents and brought by the addon itself:

<link rel="import" href="nuxeo-drive-edit-button.html">

For the rest, all other Drive Web UI resources will be deployed in the $NUXEO_SERVER/nxserver/nuxeo.war/ directory thanks to the deployment fragment.

Finally, the Nuxeo Drive Marketplace has the proper assembly.xml in order to deploy its Web UI resources.

This must be carefully setup in order to make sure that Nuxeo Drive contributions and extensions to Web UI are properly installed.