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Provides methods specific to manipulating files and folders. This service provides a simple way of accessing simple trees of files and folders in Alfresco.
Information FileFolderService
Support Status Full Support
Architecture Information Platform Architecture
Description The FileFolderService provides methods for dealing with Files and Folders.

This class is an abstraction of the NodeService class, which you should look at if you want more control when creating folder and file nodes.

With the FileFolderService class the following type of operations are available:

  • Create a file or folder
  • Copy a file or folder
  • Move a file or folder
  • Delete a file or folder
  • Get Readers and Writers for a file
  • List files and folders (with paged results)

The methods typically work with a NodeRef for the node that represents the target file or folder.

Deployment - App Server It is not likely that you will deploy Java extensions directly into a Tomcat application server as classes and Spring context files. Use an SDK build project instead.
Deployment All-in-One SDK project.
  • Java source code: aio/platform-jar/src/main/java/{domain specific package path}
  • Spring beans: aio/platform-jar/src/main/resources/alfresco/module/platform-jar/context/service-context.xml
Java API Java API documentation
Java example

The following example uses the FileFolderService to create a folder and then a file in this new folder.

The example code is executed inside a Web Script so it will automatically be part of a transaction using the RetryingTransactionHelper, same thing if the code was executed from a Repo Action.

import org.alfresco.model.ContentModel;
import org.alfresco.repo.content.MimetypeMap;
import org.alfresco.repo.nodelocator.CompanyHomeNodeLocator;
import org.alfresco.service.ServiceRegistry;
import org.alfresco.service.cmr.model.FileExistsException;
import org.alfresco.service.cmr.model.FileInfo;
import org.alfresco.service.cmr.repository.ContentWriter;
import org.alfresco.service.cmr.repository.NodeRef;
import org.apache.commons.logging.Log;
import org.apache.commons.logging.LogFactory;
import org.springframework.extensions.webscripts.Cache;
import org.springframework.extensions.webscripts.DeclarativeWebScript;
import org.springframework.extensions.webscripts.Status;
import org.springframework.extensions.webscripts.WebScriptRequest;

import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;

 * A Web Script that uses the FileFolderService to create a folder and a file.
 * @author
public class FileFolderServiceTestWebScript extends DeclarativeWebScript {
    private static Log logger = LogFactory.getLog(FileFolderServiceTestWebScript.class);

     * The Alfresco Service Registry that gives access to all public content services in Alfresco.
    private ServiceRegistry serviceRegistry;

    public void setServiceRegistry(ServiceRegistry serviceRegistry) {
        this.serviceRegistry = serviceRegistry;

    protected Map<String, Object> executeImpl(
            WebScriptRequest req, Status status, Cache cache) {
        Map<String, Object> model = new HashMap<String, Object>();

        String message = "Your 'FileFolderServiceTestWebScript' Web Script was called ";

        FileInfo newFolderInfo = null;
        try {
            newFolderInfo = createFolder("Some Folder");
            message += "and a folder was created: " + newFolderInfo;
        } catch (FileExistsException fee) {
            message += "and there was a problem creating a folder: " + fee.getMessage();

        if (newFolderInfo != null) {
            FileInfo newFileInfo = null;
            try {
                newFileInfo = createFile(newFolderInfo,"some.txt", "Some text content...");
                message += ", a text file was then created in this folder: " + newFileInfo;
            } catch (FileExistsException fee) {
                message += ", there was a problem creating a file in the new folder: " + fee.getMessage();

        model.put("message", message);

        return model;

     * Create a folder under the /Company Home folder.
     * @param folderName the name of the folder
     * @return a FileInfo object with data about the new folder, such as NodeRef
    private FileInfo createFolder(String folderName) throws FileExistsException {

        // Get a NodeRef for /Company Home folder
        NodeRef parentFolderNodeRef = serviceRegistry.getNodeLocatorService().getNode(
                CompanyHomeNodeLocator.NAME, null, null);

        // Create the folder under /Company Home
        FileInfo folderInfo = serviceRegistry.getFileFolderService().create(
                parentFolderNodeRef, folderName, ContentModel.TYPE_FOLDER);

        return folderInfo;

     * Create a file under the passed in folder.
     * @param folderInfo the folder that the file should be created in
     * @param filename the name of the file
     * @param fileTxt the content of the file
     * @return a FileInfo object with data about the new file, such as NodeRef
    private FileInfo createFile(FileInfo folderInfo, String filename, String fileTxt) throws FileExistsException {

        // Create the file under passed in folder, the file will be empty to start with
        FileInfo fileInfo = serviceRegistry.getFileFolderService().create(
                folderInfo.getNodeRef(), filename, ContentModel.TYPE_CONTENT);

        // Get the NodeRef for the new file from the FileInfo object
        NodeRef newFileNodeRef = fileInfo.getNodeRef();

        // Add some content to the file
        ContentWriter writer = serviceRegistry.getFileFolderService().getWriter(newFileNodeRef);

        return fileInfo;

We use the ServiceRegistry to get to the FileFolderService. The ServiceRegistry bean is injected into the Web Script controller bean as follows:

<bean id="webscript.alfresco.tutorials.filefolderservicetest.get"
	<property name="serviceRegistry">
		<ref bean="ServiceRegistry" />

Note how we catch the FileExistsException to deal with the situations when the folder or file already exists. This is a runtime exception so we are not forced to deal with it, but it's good practice to catch it and display a nice message to the end user.

If we complete the Web Script with a descriptor and template as follows:


    <shortname>FileFolderService Test Sample Webscript</shortname>
    <description>Uses the FileFolderService to create a folder and a file</description>
    <format default="html"></format>
Message: '${message}'

Then, the first time we execute the Web Script (http://localhost:8080/alfresco/s/sample/filefolderservicetest) we will get a response looking something like this:

Message: 'Your 'FileFolderServiceTestWebScript' Web Script was called and a folder was created: FileInfo[name=Some Folder, isFolder=true, nodeRef=workspace://SpacesStore/91b0932a-5056-4607-a1bd-849ec655d16e], a text file was then created in this folder: FileInfo[name=some.txt, isFolder=false, nodeRef=workspace://SpacesStore/5b17ba0a-b0b5-4df1-bd37-91098cac7263]'

If we now run the Web Script again, when the folder and file exist, the following response is returned:

Message: 'Your 'FileFolderServiceTestWebScript' Web Script was called and there was a problem creating a folder: 00270021 File or folder Some Folder already exists'

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