Content

    Applies to Umbraco 6.x and newer

    The Content class represents a single item in the content tree, its values are fetched directly from the database, not from the cache. Notice the Content class should strictly be used for simple CRUD operations, not complex queries, as it is not flexible nor fast enough for this.

    All content is versioned, so on each indiviual change, a new version is stored. Past versions can only be retrieved from the Content api, not from the cache.

    • Namespace: Umbraco.Core.Models
    • Assembly: Umbraco.Core.dll

    All samples in this document will require references to the following dll:

    • Umbraco.Core.dll

    All samples in this document will require the following usings:

    using Umbraco.Core.Models;
    using Umbraco.Core.Services;
    

    Constructors

    new Content(string name, IContent parent, IContentType contentType)

    Constructor for creating a new Content object where the necessary parameters are the name of the Content, the parent of the Content as an IContent object and the ContentType as an IContentType object for the Content being created.

    new Content(string name, IContent parent, IContentType contentType, PropertyCollection properties)

    Constructor for creating a new Content object where the necessary parameters are the name of the Content, the parent of the Content as an IContent object, the ContentType as an IContentType object and a PropertyCollection for the Content being created.

    new Content(string name, int parentId, IContentType contentType)

    Constructor for creating a new Content object where the necessary parameters are the name of the Content, the id of the parent as int and the ContentType as an IContentType object for the Content being created.

    new Content(string name, int parentId, IContentType contentType, PropertyCollection properties)

    Constructor for creating a new Content object where the necessary parameters are the name of the Content, the id of the parent as int, the ContentType as an IContentType object and a PropertyCollection for the Content being created.

    Properties

    .CreateDate

    Gets or Sets a DateTime object, indicating then the given Content was created.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return CreateDate
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.CreateDate;
    

    .CreatorId

    Gets or Sets the Id of the User who created the Content.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return the Id of the Creator
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.CreatorId;
    

    .ContentType

    Returns a ContentType object representing the DocumentType used by the given Content.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return ContentType
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.ContentType;
    

    .ContentTypeId

    Returns the id as an int of the ContentType object representing the DocumentType used by the given Content.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return the Id of the ContentType
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.ContentTypeId;
    

    .ExpireDate

    If set, returns the DateTime the Content is meant to be unpublished and become unavailable on the website.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and set the expire date to 5 days from now
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    content.ExpireDate = DateTime.Now.AddDays(5);
    

    .Id

    Returns the unique Content Id as a Int, this ID is based on a Database identity field, and is therefore not safe to reference in code which are moved between different instances, use Key instead.

    .Key

    Returns the Guid assigned to the Content during creation. This value is unique, and should never change, even if the content is moved between instances.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return the Key
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.Key;
    

    .Language

    Gets or Sets the Language of the Content as a string. Please note that this property is introduced in v.6.0.0, but won't be fully utilized until multi-lingual support is added in a later version.

    .Level

    Gets or Sets the given Content level in the site hirachy as an Int. Content placed at the root of the site, will return 1, content just underneath will return 2, and so on.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return the Level
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.Level;
    

    .Name

    Gets or Sets the name of the content as a String.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return its Name
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.Name;
    

    .ParentId

    Gets or Sets the parent Content Id as an Int.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return the Id of the Parent Content
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.ParentId;
    

    .Path

    Gets or Sets the path of the content as a String. This string contains a comma seperated list of the anscestors Ids including the current contents own id at the end of the string.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return the Path
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.Path;
    

    .Properties

    Gets or Sets the PropertyCollection object, which is a collection of Property objects. Each property corresponds to a PropertyType, which is defined on the ContentType.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and loop through all Properties
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    foreach(var property in content.Properties){
        string alias = property.Alias;
        object value = property.Value;
        Guid version = property.Version;
    } 
    

    .PropertyGroups

    Returns a list of PropertyGroup objects as defined on the ContentType that the Content is based on. A PropertyGroup corresponds to a Tab in the backoffice.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and loop through all PropertyGroups
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    foreach(var propertyGroup in content.PropertyGroups){
        string name = propertyGroup.Name;
        int? parentId = propertyGroup.ParentId;
        int sortOrder = propertyGroup.SortOrder;
        PropertyTypeCollection propertyTypes = propertyGroup.PropertyTypes; //PropertyTypes within this group
    } 
    

    .PropertyTypes

    Returns a list of PropertyType objects as defined on the ContentType that the Content is based on. A PropertyType is what defines a Property. The PropertyTypes witin this list is the sum of those within all PropertyGroups as well as those not within a group.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and loop through all PropertyTypes
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    foreach(var propertyType in content.PropertyTypes){
        string alias = propertyType.Alias;
        string name = propertyType.Name;
        string description = propertyType.Description;
        int dataTypeDefinitionId = propertyType.DataTypeDefinitionId;
        Guid dataTypeId = propertyType.DataTypeId;
        bool mandatory = propertyType.Mandatory;
        string helpText = propertyType.HelpText;
        int sortOrder = propertyType.SortOrder;
    } 
    

    .Published

    Returns a Bool indicating whether the given Content is published and available on the website or not. Notice: the published flag does not check the current in-memory cache, so this flag is not a guarantee that the Content is/is not available in the cache and the frontend of the website.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return Published
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.Published;
    

    .ReleaseDate

    If set, returns DateTime indicating when the Content should be published and made available on the website and cache.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and set the release date to 4 days from now
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    content.ReleaseDate = DateTime.Now.AddDays(4);
    

    .SortOrder

    Returns the given Content index, compared to sibling content.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return its SortOrder
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.SortOrder;
    

    .Status

    Returns a ContentStatus enum with the status of the Content being either Unpublished, Published, Expired, Trashed or Awaiting Release.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return its Status
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.Status;
    

    .Template

    Gets or Sets the ITemplate object, which is the template explicitly set on the Content or the default template as defined on the ContentType.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return its Template
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.Template;
    

    .Trashed

    Returns a Bool indicating whether the given Content is currently in the recycle bin.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return Trashed
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.Trashed;
    

    .UpdateDate

    Gets or Sets a DateTime object, indicating when the given Content was last updated.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return UpdateDate
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.UpdateDate;
    

    .Version

    Returns the current Version Id as a Guid, For each change made to a content item, its values are stored under a new Version. This version is identified by a Guid.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return its Version
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.Version;
    

    .WriterId

    Gets or Sets the Id of the User who made the latest edit on the Content.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and return the Id of the Writer
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    return content.WriterId;
    

    Methods

    .ChangeContentType(IContentType contentType)

    Changes the IContentType for the current Content object and removes PropertyTypes and Properties, which are not part of the new ContentType. Please use with caution as this remove differences between the new and old ContentType.

    //Given a `ContentTypeService` object get the ContentType that we're changing to,
    //get the Content from the `ContentService` for which we want to change ContentType for,
    //and then save the Content throught the ContentService.
    var contentType = contentTypeService.GetContentType(1122);
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    content.ChangeContentType(contentType);
    contentService.Save(content);
    

    .GetCreatorProfile()

    Gets the IProfile object for the Creator of this Content, which contains the Id and Name of the User who created this Content item.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and get the `IProfile` of the Creator
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    var profile = content.GetCreatorProfile();
    var id = profile.Id;
    string name = profile.Name;
    

    .GetValue(string propertyTypeAlias)

    Gets the value of a Property as an Object.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and get a value by alias
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    object value = content.GetValue("bodyText");
    string text = value as string;
    

    .GetValue< TPassType >(string propertyTypeAlias)

    Gets the value of a Property as the defined type 'TPassType'.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and get a value by alias while specifying the return type
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    string value = content.GetValue<string>("bodyText");
    

    .GetWriterProfile()

    Gets the IProfile object for the Writer of this Content, which contains the Id and Name of the User who last updated this Content item.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and get the `IProfile` of the Writer
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    var profile = content.GetWriterProfile();
    var id = profile.Id;
    string name = profile.Name;
    

    .HasProperty(string propertyTypeAlias)

    Returns a Bool indicating whether the Content object has a property with the supplied alias.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and check if certain properties exist
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    bool tagsExists = content.HasProperty("myTagProperty");
    bool bodyTextExists = content.HasProperty("bodyText");
    

    .IsValid()

    Returns a Bool indicating whether the content and its properties are valid. If a property is set to Mandatory and blank upon saving the Content is not considered valid. This check is used when Content is published, so it won't be possible to publish invalid Content.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and check if Content is valid
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    bool valid = content.IsValid();
    

    .SetValue(string propertyTypeAlias, object value)

    Sets the value of a property by its alias.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id, set a few values
    //and saves the Content through the `ContentService`
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    content.SetValue("bodyText", "This text will be added to by RTE field");
    content.SetValue("date", DateTime.Now);
    contentService.Save(content);
    

    .ToXml()

    Returns an XElement containing the Content data, based off the latest changes. Is used when the published content is sent to the in-memory xml cache.

    //Given a `ContentService` object get Content by its Id and returns the xml
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234);
    XElement xml = content.ToXml();
    return xml;