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The public API will give you an easy access to the eZ Publish content repository. This repository is the core component that manages content, locations (nodes in eZ Publish 4.x), sections, content types (Content Classes in eZ Publish 4.x), users, user groups, and roles. It also provides a new, clear interface for plugging in custom field types (datatypes in eZ Publish 4.x).
The public API is built on top of a layered architecture including a persistence API that abstracts storage. By using the public API, you are sure that your code will be forward compatible with future releases based on enhanced,  scalable and high-performance storage engines. Applications based on the public API are also fully backwards compatible by using the included storage engine based on the current kernel and database model.

Getting Started

With the introduction of Symfony 2 as the framework powering eZ Publish 5, the whole eZ Publish 4.x extensions system is changing. Pretty much everything needs to be done with entirely new concepts. In this chapter, we will see two ways of customizing eZ Publish 5: command line scripts (for import scripts, for instance), and custom controllers, the eZ Publish 5 equivalent of eZ Publish 4.x custom modules.

Symfony bundle

In order to test and use Public API code, you will need to build a custom bundle. Bundles are Symfony's extensions, and are therefore also used to extend eZ Publish. Symfony 2 provides code generation tools that will let you create your own bundle and get started in a few minutes.

In this chapter, we will show how to create a custom bundle, and implement both a command line script and a custom route with its own controller action and view. All shell commands assume that you use some linux shell, but those commands would of course also work on windows systems.

Generating a new bundle

First, change directory to your eZ Publish root.

Then use the app/console application, with the generate:bundle command to start the bundle generation wizard

Let's follow the instructions provided by the ward. Our objective is to create a bundle named EzSystems/Bundles/CookBookBundle, located in the src directory.

The wizard will first ask about our bundle's namespace. Each bundle's namespace should feature a vendor name (in our own case: EzSystems), optionally followed by a sub-namespace (we could have chosen to use Bundle), and end with the actual bundle's name, suffixed with Bundle: CookbookBundle.

Bundle namespace

You will then be asked about the Bundle's name, used to reference your bundle in your code. We can go with the default, EzSystemsCookbookBundle. Just hit enter to accept the default.

Bundle name

The next question is your bundle's location. By default, the script offers to place it in the src folder. This is perfectly acceptable unless you have a good reason to place it somewhere else. Just hit enter to accept the default.

Bundle directory

Next, you need to choose the generated configuration's format, out of YAML, XML, PHP or annotations. We mostly use yaml in eZ Publish 5, and we will use it in this cookbook. Enter 'yml', and hit enter.

Configuration format

The last choice is to generate code snippets demonstrating the Symfony directory structure. If you're learning Symfony, it is a good idea to accept, as it will pre-create a controller, yaml files...

Generate snippets & directory structure

The generator will then summarize the previous choices, and ask for confirmation. Hit enter to confirm.

Summary and confirmation

The wizard will generate the bundle, check autoloading, and ask about activation of your bundle. Hit enter to both questions to have your bundle automatically added to your Kernel (ezpublish/EzPublishKernel.php) and routes from your bundle added to the existing routes (ezpublish/config/routing.yml).

Activation and generation

Your bundle should be generated and activated. Let's now see how you can interact with the Public API by creating a command line script, and a custom controller route and action.

Creating a command line script in your bundle

Writing a command line script with Symfony 2 is very easy. The framework and its bundles ship with a few scripts. They are all started using php ezpublish/console <command> (app/console in a default symfony 2 application). You can get the complete list of existing command line scripts by executing php ezpublish/console list from the eZ Publish 5 root.

In this chapter, we will create a new command, identified as ezpublish:cookbook:hello, that takes an optionnal name argument, and greets that name. To do so, we need one thing: a class with a name ending with "Command" that extends Symfony\Component\Console\Command\Command. Note that in our case, we use ContainerAwareCommand instead of Command, since we need the dependency injection container to interact with the Public API). In your bundle's directory (src/EzSystems/CookbookBundle), create a new directory named Command, and in this directory, a new file named HelloCommand.php.

Add this code to the file:


This is the skeleton for a command line script.

One class, with a name ending with "Command" (HelloCommand), that extends Symfony\Bundle\FrameworkBundle\Command\Command, and is part of our bundle's Command namespace. It has two methods: configure(), and execute(). We also import several classes & interfaces with the use keyword. The first two, InputInterface and OutputInterface are used to typehint the objects that will allow us to provide input & output management in our script.

Configure will be used to set your command's name, as well as its options and arguments. Execute will contain the actual implementation of your command. Let's start by creating the configure() method.


First, we use setName() to set our command's name to "ezpublish:cookbook:hello".
We then use setDefinition() to add an argument, named name, to our command.

You can read more about arguments definitions and further options in the Symfony 2 Console documentation. Once this is done, if you run php ezpublish/console list, you should see ezpublish:cookbook:hello listed in the available commands. If you run it, it should just do nothing.

Let's just add something very simple to our execute() method so that our command actually does something.


You can now run the command from the eZ Publish 5 root.

Hello world

Creating a custom route with a controller action

In this short chapter, we will see how to create a new route that will catch a custom URL, and execute a controller action. We want to create a new route, /cookbook/test, that displays a simple Hello world message. This tutorial is a simplified version of the official one that can be found on

eZ Publish 4 equivalent

This eZ Publish 5 extension would have been a custom module, with its own module.php file, in eZ Publish 4.

During our bundle's generation, we have chosen to generate the bundle with default code snippets. Fortunately, almost everything we need is part of those default snippets. We just need to do some editing, in particular in two locations: src/EzSystems/Resources/config/routing.yml and src/EzSystems/CookbookBundle/Controllers/DefaultController.php. The first one will be used to configure our route (/cookbook/test) as well as the controller action the route should execute, while the latter will contain the actual action's code.


This is the file where we define our action's URL matching. The generated file contains this YAML block

Generated routing.yml

We can safely remove this default code, and replace it with this

Edited routing.yml

We define a route that matches the URI /cookbook/*, and executes the action hello in the Default controller of our bundle. The next step is to create this method in the controller.


This controller was generated by the bundle generator. It contains one method, helloAction(), that matched the YAML configuration we have changed in the previous part. Let's just rename the indexAction() method so that we end up with this code


We won't go into details about controllers in this cookbook, but let's walk through the code a bit. This method receives the parameter defined in routing.yml. It is named "name" in the route definition, and must be named $name in the matching action. Since the action is named "hello" in routing.yml, the expected method name is helloAction.

Controller actions must return a Response object, that will contain the response's content, the headers, and various optional properties that affect the action's behaviour. In our case, we simply set the content, using setContent(), to "Hello $name". Simple. Go to http://ezpublish5/cookbook/hello/YourName, and you should get "Hello YourName".

With both command line scripts and HTTP routes, you have the basics you need to start writing Public API code.

Browsing, Finding, Viewing

We will start by going through the various ways to find and retrieve content from eZ Publish using the API. While this will be covered in further, dedicated documentation, it is necessary to explain a few basic concepts of the Public API. In the following recipes, you will learn about the general principles of the API as they are introduced in individual recipes.

Showing content of a Content's fields

In this recipe, we will see how to fetch a Content instance from the repository, and obtain its Field's content.

Let's first see the full code. You can see the Command line version at

Viewing content

Let's analyze this code block by block.

This is the initialization part. As explained above, everything in the Public API goes through the repository via dedicated services. We get the repository from the service container, using the method get() of our container, obtained via $this->getContainer(). Using our $repository variable, we fetch the two services we will need using getContentService() and getFieldTypeService().



Other languages are accessible via the the language parameter in the method

$content->getField( $fieldDefinition->identifier, $otherlanguage)


Browsing Locations


This recipe shows how to browse a subtree starting from a given location. (Full code here)


browse locations




The method browseLocation

Viewing Content Meta Data

This recipe shows how to read content meta data: Locations, UrlAliases, Relations, Versions, Contenttype, Section, Owner, RemoteId, Several Timestamps. (Full code here)

viewing content meta data

This script produces e.g the follwing output:


Performing a simple full text search

In this recipe a simple full text search is performed. (Full code here)

a simple full text search

Performing an advanced search

In this recipe different criteria is combined using a logic 'AND' operation. The result is restricted additional (see recipe 9) to a given content type and subtree. (Full code here)

Creating and editing Content

The following recipes show how to create simple content. As we don't want to rely on a specific installation with predefined content types we first show how to create a content type group and a simple content type within this group. Then we will create a content object of the newly created content type. The last two recipes show how to create content containing images and xml text.

Creating a content type group

This snippet creates a content type group for a given identifier (Full code here).

create content type group


If this snipped is run with the same init code from recipe 1 we will get an UnauthorizedException.

The solution is described in the next recipe.

Setting the user for authorizing actions

By default the repository assumes the anonymous user is acting. To change this the following code can be executed


If the user is identified by other mechanisms the user also can be loaded by its id via the service method


Creating a content type

With this snipped a content type with two fields of type 'ezstring' is created. (Full code here).

create content type


Creating content

In this recipe content is created under a given parent location. It is assumed that the loaded content type is the one created in recipe 4. (Full code here).

create content


Updating Content

In this recipe the previously created content is updated with a new title and body in the same language. (Full code here)

update content

Translating content

It is the same code as for updating (see recipe 6). The initial language should be set to the translation language.


Multiple translations at once

It is possible to to make an update in content  or create content with more than one language. But there is a restriction - only one language can be assigned to the newly created version (which is displayed in the 4.x admin GUI in the translations column).

update multiple languages

Creating Content containing an image

This recipe shows how to create an  content object containing an image. (Full code here)

creating an image


Create Content with XML Text

This recipe shows how to create content with xml text. As content type the folder is used where the description is filled with xml. It is also shown how to embed the previously created image in the description. The image Id is given by a command line argument.

working with xml text

Working with locations

Adding a new location to content

This recipe shows how to add a new location to a given content object. (Full code here)

add location

Move or Copy Subtree

This recipe shows how to move or copy a subtree to a given parent location (Full code here)

copy/move location

Hide/Unhide Location

This recipe shows how to hide/unhide a location. (Full code here)

hide/unhide location

Deleting locations

If a content has more than one location the method

LocationService::delete(Location $location) 

removes the location and if exists all descendants of the location. However the content itself is untouched as it has still other locations.

If the deleted location is the last one of the content the content itself is deleted. This applies also to all descendants of the location.

Alternatively a location can also moved to the trash via the method:

TrashService::trash(Location $location)

Other Recipes

Deleting Content

The result of deleting content permanently  is equivalent to deleting all locations of content (see recipe 15).

It is done via the method:

ContentService::delete(ContentInfo $contentInfo)

Assigning section to content

On creation of content the section of the parent location's content is assigned by default to the new content. However it is possible to assign a specific section on creation by setting it in the ContentCreateStruct:

$contentCreateStruct->section = $sectionId

Later on sections can be assigned with the following code (Full code here):

assign section to content



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