Serialization

Using the serialization commands lets you pull, push, and compare resources. Before you begin, initialize your working folder.

Pull

To fetch resources from the connected Content Hub instance, use the pull command. Initialization of the working directory happens automatically when pulling resources for the first time.

You can specify what type of resource to fetch by appending parameters to the command, as shown in the following examples:

Note

In some of the examples, the --name parameter has a value that includes a wildcard. Assigning wildcards to a parameter lets you target data based on a pattern instead of a literal value. For example, requesting resources using a name value of MyNamespace.* returns all resources with a name that starts with MyNamespace.

RequestResponse
# Pulling all option lists
ch-cli serialization pull option-list 

# Option lists 
ch-cli serialization pull option-list -?

# Pulling option list by its name
ch-cli serialization pull option-list -n <name> 

# Pulling all entity definitions
ch-cli serialization pull entity-definition

# Entities
ch-cli serialization pull entity -?

# Entity definitions 
ch-cli serialization pull entity-definition -?

# Pulling an option list by its name
ch-cli serialization pull entity-definition -n <name> 

# Pulling an entity by id
ch-cli serialization pull entity --id <entity id> 

# Pulling an entity by identifier
ch-cli serialization pull entity --id <entity identifier> 

# Pulling an entity by name and definition
ch-cli serialization pull entity --name <entity name> --definition <entity definition name> 

# Pulling all entities for an entity definition
ch-cli serialization pull entity --definition <entity definition name> 

# Pulling an entity and its related entities
ch-cli serialization pull entity --name <name> --definition <entity definition name> --included-relations
Note

The ID (for example, 34167) and the Identifier (for example, asset.mae-mu-1421987) are separate system properties. Entity names are resolved based on the DisplayTemplate property of their respective entity definitions. If the DisplayTemplate property does not have a value, the entity identifier is used as the entity name. To resolve a name collision, append the entity identifier to its name.

Push

To push resources to the connected Content Hub instance, use the push command. You can specify what type of resource to push by appending parameters to the command, as shown in the following examples:

Note

In some of the examples, the --name parameter has a value that includes a wildcard. Assigning wildcards to a parameter lets you target data based on a pattern instead of a literal value. For example, pushing resources using a name value of MyNamespace.* pushes all resources with a name that starts with MyNamespace.

RequestResponse
# Push a single option list by its name
ch-cli serialization push option-list --name <name> 

# Push all option lists
ch-cli serialization push option-list

# Push a single entity definition by its name
ch-cli serialization push entity-definition --name <name> 

# Push all entities of a certain definition
ch-cli serialization push entity --definition <definition_name> 

# Push all entities
ch-cli serialization push entity

Compare

Use the diff command to examine resources available locally and those present in the Content Hub instance, and then highlight any differences. By default, the output shows a high-level overview of whether an entity was updated ([U]), added ([A]) or deleted ([D]). To see detailed changes, you can append the --verbose flag to the command.

RequestResponse
[U] SampleArticle
 [U] fields
  [U] id: Title
   [U] required
     false - true
  [A] id: ReleaseDate

To compare resources, run one of the following commands:

Note

In some of the examples, the --name parameter has a value that includes a wildcard. Assigning wildcards to a parameter lets you target data based on a pattern instead of a literal value. For example, comparing resources using a name value of MyNamespace.* compares all resources with a name that starts with MyNamespace.

RequestResponse
# Compare all option lists
ch-cli serialization diff option-list

# Compare an option list by name
ch-cli serialization diff option-list --name <name> 

# Compare all entity definitions
ch-cli serialization diff entity-definition

# Compare an entity definition by name
ch-cli serialization diff entity-definition --name <name> 

# Compare all entities
ch-cli serialization diff entity

# Compare entities by name and definition
ch-cli serialization diff entity --name <name> --definition <entity definition name> 

Validate

The CLI validates the YAML files to ensure, for example, that they use unique IDs, valid culture identifiers, and respect field length restrictions.

For example, fetching content items using a name value of MyNamespace.* returns all resources with a name that starts with MyNamespace.

To validate resources locally, even while working on them, run one of the following commands:

RequestResponse
# Validates options lists
ch-cli serialization validate option-list

# Validates entity definitions
ch-cli serialization validate entity-definition

# Validates entities
ch-cli serialization validate entity

Packaging

Packaging lets you add multiple YAML resources to a compressed ZIP file, from where they can be re-applied later to the same Content Hub instance or a different one.

Create a package

Creating a package:

  1. Validates the YAML files.

  2. Creates a .zip file in your working directory that contains the YAML files.

To create a package, run the following command:

RequestResponse
 ch-cli serialization package create --name <name> 

If validation errors occur during the packaging process, the command aborts and provides a list of those errors, which you must resolve before trying again.

Install a package

Installing a package:

  1. Unzips the package.

  2. Validates the content of all resources to check their integrity.

  3. Pushes the resources to the connected Content Hub instance.

To install a package, run the following command:

RequestResponse
ch-cli serialization package install --path <path> 

If validation errors occur during the installation process, the command aborts and provides a list of those errors, which you must resolve before trying again.

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