Saturday, March 11, 2017

Touch UI Composite Multi-field with Drop-Down in AEM6.2


Composite Multi-Field is the widely used feature in AEM. Multifield is used to store multiple values. Multifield can contain single or multiple field

Steps to create Composite Multi-Field:

Step1: Create a component having touch UI dialog with the following hierarchy:

Step2: Create node "/apps/aem-learning/components/content/multifield/clientlibs" of type cq:ClientLibraryFolder and add a String property categories with value cq.authoring.dialog.   

Step3: Create file (nt:file) "/apps/aem-learning/components/content/multifield/clientlibs/js.txt"  and add the following js files:
This is how we create a Composite Multi-Field, But there are some common issues related to this component.
Below are some of the examples:

Issue 1: When we use drop-down widget in Composite Multi-Field, Selected values are saved in node but when we re-open the dialog, saved values are not visible in dialog box.
Fig - Multifield Values saved in node under content hierarchy

Dropdown will look like below:
Fig - Saved Values not showing up in drop-down
To solve this problem we need to update multifield.js

Go to Line 61: and replace the else section with the below code:

Fig - Drop-down with the expected values

Issue 2: By default, multifield container looks so weird as it is so small. Lets see how to beautify the look and feel of same.

Fig- Container with small width

Steps to follow :
  • Add the "dialog-width-50rem" css class in the dialog hierarchy to content node ("/apps/aem-learning/components/content/multifield/cq:dialog/content" ) shown below-

Fig- Adding the class in content node

  • Add the "column-full-width" css class in the dialog hierarchy to content node ("/apps/aem-learning/components/content/multifield/cq:dialog/content/items/basic/items/column") shown below-

Fig- Adding the class in the column node

  • Create file (nt:file) "/apps/aem-learning/components/content/multifield/clientlibs/css.txt" and add the following CSS file

Now you can see the updated layout of the dialog
Fig- Added the css for make the dialog Clearly
Refer below package and try it yourself.

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Hope it will help you guys !!👍
Thanks and Happy Learning 😊


  1. Really good. #AEM is much better with such hacks.

  2. How to retrieve multi select values in touch ui multifield