Generic Lists

Available since version 1.0.0


Generic Lists are a feature allowing easy creation and management of lists of title/value pairs.

How to Use

Creating Lists

Generic Lists are represented as CQ Pages under /etc/acs-commons/lists, e.g. /etc/acs-commons/lists/age-ranges. They are editable by using the Tools screen:


On a list page, the items in the list are components within a parsys. New items can be created using the Sidekick. Items can be removed using the context menu.


Using Lists in Classic UI Dialogs

One of the primary purposes of Generic Lists is to populate a selection widget in a component (or page) dialog. To do this, set the options configuration property to the list path plus /jcr:content.list.json. For example:

<jcr:root xmlns:cq="" xmlns:jcr=""

This can also be used in multifield scenarios.

In both cases, the JCR property will be set to the value of the list item.

Using Lists in Touch UI Dialogs (since 1.8.0)

In a Touch UI dialog, a generic concept called a datasource is used to populate select-style components. For this, you can use a Generic Lists-specific data source:

<jcr:root xmlns:cq="" xmlns:jcr=""
    fieldLabel="Social Service"
        path="/etc/acs-commons/lists/sharethis-services" />

Using Lists in Touch UI Asset Metadata Editor (since 1.8.0)

In the Touch UI Asset Metadata Editor, you can provide the name to the list prefixed with /mnt/acs-commons/lists (e.g. /mnt/acs-commons/lists/sharethis-services for /etc/acs-commons/lists/sharethis-services) as the JSON Path for a Dropdown list. You may optionally include the json extension.


One quirk of the Metadata Asset Editor is that the JSON support is not dynamic. You must update the editor when the list changes.


You will frequently need to do two things with lists:

  1. Get all the items in the list.
  2. Lookup the title of a particular value from the list.

To do this, first obtain the object for the list page:

    PageManager pageManager = resourceResolver.adaptTo(PageManager.class);
    Page listPage = pageManager.getPage("/etc/acs-commons/lists/targets");

Then adapt the Page object to a com.adobe.acs.commons.genericlists.GenericList object:

    GenericList list = listPage.adaptTo(GenericList.class);

The GenericList interface has two methods:

  • getItems() - returns a java.util.List of the items in the list.
  • lookupTitle(String) - return the title of a particular value from the list.
Please report any issues with the Feature or documentation on the ACS AEM Commons GitHub Issue tracker.