renders a text field and a browse button that allows the user to select an item from a configured app. The link field is used to select targets inside Magnolia, for example a page to tease, an asset to render an image, etc.. The link field stores a reference to the selected item.

(warning) 5.4.4+ The link field allows you to choose items from any content app, included non-JCR apps. See Using a link field to choose an item from non JCR Content app.

class: info.magnolia.ui.form.field.definition.LinkFieldDefinition

The central property when defining a link field is appName - the name of the Magnolia app to choose the item from. The target app is responsible for providing a view that is suitable for selecting the item. When the target app is a content app, the workbench in the browser subapp is a suitable view and it is used by default. For more complex apps like the Assets app,  a choose dialog is configured in the app to browse the contents. 

Link field properties

Simple link field definition

    - name: tabImage
      label: Image 
        - name: image
          class: info.magnolia.ui.form.field.definition.LinkFieldDefinition
          targetWorkspace: dam
          appName: assets
          label: Select image
Node nameValue

















Select image



You can use common field properties and the following properties in a link field definition:


<field name>Name of field.



Target app name used to create the content view to choose the item from.

All content apps provide a workbench. The workbench view is used as the link target chooser by default. However, you can also provide a choose dialog and provide custom actions. See an example in /modules/dam/apps/assets/chooseDialog.


optional, default is website

Name of the workspace in which the target content is stored if the content app is JCR based. Examples:



optional, default is true

Makes the text box displaying the link editable once a target has been selected.


optional, default is Select new...

Button label before the target node is selected.


optional, default is Select another...

Button label after the target node is selected. 


optional, default is /

Path where to start browsing the workspace.



The link field returns the path of the selected node by default. You can convert the path to a UUID with a converter. 



Any class that implements the interface. Examples:

  • info.magnolia.ui.form.field.converter.BaseIdentifierToPathConverter

  • converts an asset composite ID key to a path.



Render a preview of the selected content. The preview component typically displays an image thumbnail and some metadata.  



Any class that implements the interface. Examples:

  • displays a contact thumbnail and information.

  • Displays an asset thumbnail and related information.

Using link fields with JCR-agnostic target apps

(warning) 5.4.4+ The link field also allows you to choose items from non-JCR apps.

To understand the process when choosing an item from a content app via link field, basic knowledge of the Content app framework and the nature of  is necessary.

Things to note about LinkField:

  • It extends a custom Vaadin field,
  • It stores a value which must be String.
  • It has a callback (). 
  • When choosing an item, the method #onItemChosen(actionName, chosenValue) is triggered on the callback. The parameter choosenValue is of type Object and is the corresponding ItemId of the item of the content app. (See ItemIds and Items). 

Depending on the implementation of the content app, the ItemId may be a String or a more complex Object. A well-known ItemId is . The callback properly handles JcrItemId, and if it is another type, String.valueOf(chosenValue) is saved to the link field.When using LinkField with  JCR-agnostic target apps that use complex ItemIds that extend Object, override the public String toString()  method on the implementation of the itemId.

If LinkField does not work for your custom content app, create a custom link field. See Custom fields for more.

#trackbackRdf ($trackbackUtils.getContentIdentifier($page) $page.title $trackbackUtils.getPingUrl($page))
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