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(warning) With Magnolia 5.5.6, the placeholder text field has been deprecated in favor of the "universal" placeholder property, see Common field properties.

The placeholder text field is provided by the Content Editor module, which is a DX Core module.

The PlaceholderTextFieldDefinition is similar to the text field and provides an additional property named placeholder. The property's value, which is i18nable, is displayed in the field before any text has been entered in the field by the user.


fieldType: placeholderText

The placeholder text field is useful in the apps based on the Content editor such as the Stories app:

It can also be used in a dialog for a component:

Field definition

  - name: citedPerson
    fieldType: placeholderText
#    label: Cited person
#    placeholder: The author of the quote ...

Node name






(info) You do not have to provide the placeholder and label properties in the definition. Instead provide their translations in a message bundle.

 Expand to see an excerpt of a message bundle providing translations for the quotation field above

articles.editor.articleMetaData.citedPerson.label=Cited person
articles.editor.articleMetaData.citedPerson.placeholder=The author of the quote ...

See Referencing fields for further information.


<field name>The name of field.



The placeholder text to be displayed in the empty field.

The field is optional, but you should provide a translation or a hard-coded label, otherwise,dev the empty field displays its auto-generated 18n key instead.

 Expand to see the placeholder field displaying its i18n key

You can use text field properties and hence also the following common field properties:





Defines the field type via either a field alias name or a fully-qualified field definition class name. See Field definition: Field types.

To check the correct form of the name, use the Definitions app.



Pre-filled default value displayed in the field. The value can be overwritten by the user. Use alphanumeric characters.

(info) Applied only when creating a new item, not for already existing items.



Help text displayed when the user clicks the help icon. The value can be literal or retrieved from the message bundle with a key. Use alphanumeric characters in literal values. Not applicable to the static field.


optional, default is false

Enables i18n authoring support which allows editors to write foreign-language or regionally targeted content. A two-letter language identifier (en, de, fr etc.) is displayed on controls where i18n is set to true.


optional, default is the message bundle defined in the dialog definition

Message bundle such as com.example.messages for localized field labels. You can set this property in the parent dialog, form or tab definition. Child fields will inherit the bundle.



Field label displayed to editors. The value can be literal such as Product name or retrieved from the message bundle with a key such as products.product.label. Use alphanumeric characters in literal values.

If you don't provide the property then Magnolia falls back to a generated i18n key and displays they key in the UI.

If you don't want a label at all then define the property and set its value to empty space such as label: " " in YAML.


optional, default is the name of the field's parent node

Name of the node where the value is saved. The name jcrName is reserved. Use alphanumeric characters.



The placeholder text to be displayed in the empty field. The property replaces the deprecated placeholder text field.

(warning) Applicable in the textlink and comboBox fields.

The field is optional, but you should provide a translation or a hard-coded label, otherwise the empty field will display its auto-generated 18n key instead.


optional, default is false

Makes the field uneditable. Adding this property has the same effect as creating a static field.


optional, default is false

Makes the field required (mandatory). An asterisk is displayed next to the field label. See also Checking for null values.


optional, default is "This field is required"

Error message displayed when required is true and the user saves an empty field. The value can be literal or retrieved from the message bundle with a key such as validation.message.required.



Adds one or more style names to this component. Multiple styles can be specified as a space-separated list of style names such as checkbox disabled. The style name will be rendered as an HTML class name, which can be used in a CSS definition. The class name is added to the field by calling the Vaadin method addStyleName.



Property transformer classes define how field values are stored in the repository. Each field has a default transformer class. You don't need to define a class unless you want to override the default. The value is a fully-qualified class name.

(warning) Complex field definitions may define a different default transformer in their constructor. See Transforming field values for more.


optional, most fields set a default value automatically

JCR property type of the stored value such as String, Boolean, Date or any other supported and defined data type.