Gentics CMS JavaScript API

Gentics CMS JavaScript API Tags

1 Tag Containers

Several objects in the Gentics CMS contain Tags. These objects include folders, files, templates*, and pages. Each one of these objects surfaces an API with the following additional methods tag(), tags(), createTag(), and removeTag().

*templates: Templates, at this moment, are not supported in the Gentics Content.Node JavaScript API. Therefore working with templates tags is currently not possible.

1.1 Example: Listing tags of a folder

(function () {
	// List the name of all tags in folder 7
	GCN.folder(7).tags(function (tags) {
		for (var i = 0; i < tags.length; i++) {

2 Rendering Tags

There are two ways in which tags can be rendered. One way is via the render() method, and the other is via edit(). The difference between these two functions is that render() will render the tag as it would appear when the page is publish, whereas edit() will render a tag in such a way that it will be useful for inline editing.

If Aloha Editor is available, editable tags which are rendered into the DOM through the edit() method will automatically be initialized into Aloha Editables.

2.1 Example: Rendering a tag for editing

// Render two tags into the DOM'title').render('h2.content-header');'content').edit('#content-div');

In the above example, the 2 tags of page 42 are rendered into the document. The title tag is rendered as it would appear when the page is published, whereas the content tag is rendered for editing. This means that the content tag will be rendered with all necessary scaffolding elements to allow it to manipulated as an Aloha Editor Block.

If the content tag is an editable, the Gentics CMS JavaScript API will save any changes that are made to its content when page 42 is saved.

Any Gentics CMS link tags which are no longer found in the page during saving, will automatically be removed.

By default, the tag will be rendered using the data currently stored in the backend database. If the tag was modified and not yet stored back, and the tag should be rendered using the modified data, the boolean flag true has to be added to the method.

2.2 Example: Rendering preview of modified tag'content').render(true, function(html) {
	// html contains the rendered tag

3 Tag Parts

Tags are constructed out of various “parts”. Each part is of a given type, called a parttype, and holds a value that is appropriate for its kind. These values can be simple primitive types like strings, numbers, and booleans; but they can also be more complex types: objects containing various properties.

The Gentics CMS JavaScript API allows you to read any tag parts, and to write to some tag part.

For a list of parttypes, values they hold, and what parts are writable, please see the API documentation for

Unlike tags, it is not possible to create new tag parts with the Gentics CMS JS API. This is because a tag’s parts are determined by the tag’s Tag Type (construct).

3.1 Example: Modifying a tag’s parts'link1', function (tag) {
		tag.part('text', 'Home Page');
		tag.part('url', '');
		console.log(tag.part('text') + ' links to: ' + tag.part('url'));

3.2 Example: Modifying a MULTISELECT part

	GCN.folder(1).tag('participants', function (tag) {
		tag.part('multiselect', ['tom', 'jerry']);