The Repository Browser is available on AEM versions 6582 and higher.
You can also watch this clip for a quick video introduction on how to use the Repository Browser to debug AEM as a Cloud Service.
The repository browser is a developer tool that provides a read-only view into the repository for all environments on author, publish and preview tiers. It is designed to facilitate viewing of the content structure in order to make it easier to see or debug content.
Accessible from the Developer Console, it can be used to browse the repository of an author or publish instance for a selected environment.
These following conditions must be met in order to access the Developer Console or the Repository browser
In order to access Developer Console:
In order to access the Repository Browser:
For more information about setting up user permissions, see the Cloud Manager Documentation.
The repository browser can be launched by following the steps below.
In Cloud Manager, click the three dots next to the environment of your choice, and select Developer Console
Next, click the Repository Browser tab
Choose any pod corresponding to author, publish or preview by clicking on the Pod dropdown list.
Launch the repository browser by clicking on the Open Repository Browser link further down. This will launch the browser corresponding to a representative instance (pod) for the chosen tier. This will launch the browser corresponding to a representative instance (pod) for the chosen tier. Note that you cannot control the specific pod for that tier that is launched.
You can use the left hand navigation pane to nagivate through the content hierarchy. Clicking on each folder or node will reveal its children. The folder structure reflects the Sling Resource tree, which is a super-set of the JCR Node tree.
For publish, by default, the Repository Browser will only show public content, thus certain folders like
/home will not be visible.
In order to make those locations visible, you need to follow the below procedure.
Click the three dots next to the environment of your choice and select Manage Access
Find your publish instance, then click on it
Create a new product profile for publish administrators. In the example below, it is called DEV - AEM Administrators Publish
Add the appropriate users, corresponding to who should be able to navigate the publish repository browser with full access, to the new product profile
Wait for a few minutes, then open the AEM author console
Add the group corresponding to the new product profile as a member of the administrators group. You can do this by clicking on Tools - Security - Groups on author, then clicking on the administrators group. Then, add the group as shown below
Activate the administrators and the new DEV - AEM Administrators Publish group so that they become available on publish
As a good security practice, remove the new DEV - AEM Administrators Publish group from the administrators group on author so the new group is isolated to publish
Upon accessing repository browser for a publish instance, all folders are visible, including
Clicking on a node will reveal its JCR properties in the right hand pane of the navigation browser. Below is an example for the
You can use the repository browser to view content by clicking on a resource in the navigation pane. This will open a preview on the right hand side of the browser, under a tab named after the respective resource.
Preview is currently available for image types in the list below:
And for the following text-based mime-types:
You can also use the repository browser to download content. In the example below, you can press the download link to download the
jcr:data associated with the selected node. This feature is available for all binary properties by navigating to the node containing the property definition.