Bulk Add, Update and Delete properties in AEM – without using Groovy console

Problem Statement:

How to Bulk Add, Update or remove page properties in AEM? Without using the Groovy console.


Create a reusable process that can be used to search for the pages based on resourceType and do the CRUD operations on the results.


Usually, whenever we are using editable templates, we might have some initial content but for some reason, if we want to update the experience fragment path or some page properties then usually, we go for Groovy script to run bulk update.

But AMS don’t install developer tools on the PROD, we need to go to other options and for the above requirement, we can use MCP.

MCP (Manage Controlled Processes) is both a dashboard for performing complex tasks and a rich API for defining these tasks as process definitions. In addition to kicking off new processes, users can also monitor running tasks, retrieve information about completed tasks, halt work, and so on.

Add the following maven dependency to your pom to extend MCP


Create Process Definition factory – PropertyUpdateFactory

This class tells ACS Commons MCP to pick the process definition and process name getName and you need to mention the implementation class inside the createProcessDefinitionInstance method as shown below:

package com.mysite.mcp.process;

import org.osgi.service.component.annotations.Component;
import com.adobe.acs.commons.mcp.ProcessDefinitionFactory;

@Component(service = ProcessDefinitionFactory.class, immediate = true)
public class PropertyUpdateFactory extends ProcessDefinitionFactory<PropertyUpdater> {
    public String getName() {
        return "Property Updator";
    protected PropertyUpdater createProcessDefinitionInstance() {
        return new PropertyUpdater();

Create Process Definition implementation – PropertyUpdater

This is an implementation class where we are defining all the form fields required for the process to run

package com.mysite.mcp.process;

import java.io.IOException;
import java.text.MessageFormat;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Collections;
import java.util.EnumMap;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Map;
import java.util.Objects;
import java.util.Optional;
import javax.jcr.RepositoryException;
import org.apache.commons.lang3.StringUtils;
import org.apache.sling.api.request.RequestParameter;
import org.apache.sling.api.resource.LoginException;
import org.apache.sling.api.resource.ModifiableValueMap;
import org.apache.sling.api.resource.PersistenceException;
import org.apache.sling.api.resource.Resource;
import org.apache.sling.api.resource.ResourceResolver;
import org.apache.sling.api.resource.ResourceUtil;
import org.apache.sling.resource.filter.ResourceFilterStream;
import org.jetbrains.annotations.NotNull;
import org.slf4j.Logger;
import org.slf4j.LoggerFactory;
import com.adobe.acs.commons.data.Spreadsheet;
import com.adobe.acs.commons.fam.ActionManager;
import com.adobe.acs.commons.mcp.ProcessDefinition;
import com.adobe.acs.commons.mcp.ProcessInstance;
import com.adobe.acs.commons.mcp.form.FileUploadComponent;
import com.adobe.acs.commons.mcp.form.FormField;
import com.adobe.acs.commons.mcp.form.SelectComponent;
import com.adobe.acs.commons.mcp.form.TextfieldComponent;
import com.adobe.acs.commons.mcp.model.GenericReport;
import com.day.cq.commons.jcr.JcrConstants;

public class PropertyUpdater extends ProcessDefinition {

    private static final Logger LOGGER = LoggerFactory.getLogger(PropertyUpdater.class);
    private final GenericReport report = new GenericReport();
    private static final String REPORT_NAME = "Property-update-report";
    private static final String RUNNING = "Running ";
    private static final String EXECUTING_KEYWORD = " Property Updation";

    private static final String PROPERTY = "property";
    private static final String PROPERTY_TYPE = "type";
    private static final String PROPERTY_VALUE = "value";

    protected enum UpdateAction {

    @FormField(name = "Property Update Excel", component = FileUploadComponent.class)
    private RequestParameter sourceFile;

    @FormField(name = "Path",
            component = TextfieldComponent.class,
            hint = "(Provide the Relative path to start search)",
            description = "A query will be executed starting this path")
    private String path;

    @FormField(name = "Action",
            component = SelectComponent.EnumerationSelector.class,
            description = "Add, Update or Delete?",
            options = "default=Add")
    UpdateAction reAction = UpdateAction.ADD;

    @FormField(name = "ResourceType",
            component = TextfieldComponent.class,
            hint = "(Provide the resourcetype to be searched for)",
            description = "A query will be executed based on resourcetype")
    private String pageResourceType;

    private Map<String, Object> propertyMap = new HashMap<>();

    public void init() throws RepositoryException {

    public void buildProcess(ProcessInstance instance, ResourceResolver rr) throws LoginException, RepositoryException {
        instance.getInfo().setDescription(RUNNING + reAction + EXECUTING_KEYWORD);
        instance.defineCriticalAction("Adding the Properties", rr, this::updateProperties);

    private void updateProperties(ActionManager manager) {

    private void addProperties(ResourceResolver resourceResolver) {
        @NotNull Resource resource = resourceResolver.resolve(path);
        if(!ResourceUtil.isNonExistingResource(resource)) {
            ResourceFilterStream rfs = resource.adaptTo(ResourceFilterStream.class);
            rfs.setBranchSelector("[jcr:primaryType] == 'cq:Page'")
                    .setChildSelector("[jcr:content/sling:resourceType] == $type")
                    .addParam("type", pageResourceType)
                    .map(r -> r.getChild(JcrConstants.JCR_CONTENT))

    private void updateProperty(Resource resultResource) {
        if (reAction == UpdateAction.ADD || reAction == UpdateAction.UPDATE) {
        } else if (reAction == UpdateAction.DELETE) {

    private void removeProp(Resource resultResource) {
        try {
            ModifiableValueMap map = resultResource.adaptTo(ModifiableValueMap.class);
            propertyMap.entrySet().stream().forEach(r -> map.remove(r.getKey()));
            recordAction(resultResource.getPath(), reAction.name(), StringUtils.join(propertyMap));
        } catch (PersistenceException e) {
            LOGGER.error("Error occurred while persisting the property {}", e.getMessage());

    private void addOrUpdateProp(Resource resultResource) {
        try {
            ModifiableValueMap map = resultResource.adaptTo(ModifiableValueMap.class);
            propertyMap.entrySet().stream().forEach(r -> map.put(r.getKey(), r.getValue()));
            recordAction(resultResource.getPath(), reAction.name(), StringUtils.join(propertyMap));
        } catch (PersistenceException e) {
            LOGGER.error("Error occurred while persisting the property {}", e.getMessage());

    public enum ReportColumns {

    private void validateInputs() throws RepositoryException {
        if (sourceFile != null && sourceFile.getSize() > 0) {
            Spreadsheet sheet;
            try {
                sheet = new Spreadsheet(sourceFile, PROPERTY, PROPERTY_TYPE, PROPERTY_VALUE).buildSpreadsheet();
            } catch (IOException ex) {
                throw new RepositoryException("Unable to parse spreadsheet", ex);

            if (!sheet.getHeaderRow().contains(PROPERTY) || !sheet.getHeaderRow().contains(PROPERTY_TYPE) || !sheet.getHeaderRow().contains(PROPERTY_VALUE)) {
                throw new RepositoryException(MessageFormat.format("Spreadsheet should have two columns, respectively named {0}, {1} and {2}", PROPERTY, PROPERTY_TYPE, PROPERTY_VALUE));

            sheet.getDataRowsAsCompositeVariants().forEach(row -> {
                String propertyType = row.get(PROPERTY_TYPE).toString();
                if(StringUtils.equalsAnyIgnoreCase("String", propertyType)) {
                    propertyMap.put(row.get(PROPERTY).toString(), row.get(PROPERTY_VALUE).toString());
                } else if(StringUtils.equalsAnyIgnoreCase("Date", propertyType)) {
                    SimpleDateFormat dt = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSS");
                    propertyMap.put(row.get(PROPERTY).toString(), dt.format(row.get(PROPERTY_VALUE).toString()));
                } else if(StringUtils.equalsAnyIgnoreCase("Array", propertyType)) {
                    propertyMap.put(row.get(PROPERTY).toString(), row.get(PROPERTY_VALUE).toString().split(","));
                } else if(StringUtils.equalsAnyIgnoreCase("Long", propertyType)) {
                    Integer result = Optional.ofNullable(row.get(PROPERTY_VALUE).toString())
                    propertyMap.put(row.get(PROPERTY).toString(), result);
                } else if(StringUtils.equalsAnyIgnoreCase("Binary", propertyType)) {
                    propertyMap.put(row.get(PROPERTY).toString(), Boolean.valueOf(row.get(PROPERTY_VALUE).toString()));

    List<EnumMap<ReportColumns, String>> reportData = Collections.synchronizedList(new ArrayList<>());

    private void recordAction(String path, String action, String description) {
        EnumMap<ReportColumns, String> row = new EnumMap<>(ReportColumns.class);
        row.put(ReportColumns.PATH, path);
        row.put(ReportColumns.ACTION, action);
        row.put(ReportColumns.DESCRIPTION, description);

    public void storeReport(ProcessInstance instance, ResourceResolver rr) throws RepositoryException, PersistenceException {
        report.setRows(reportData, ReportColumns.class);
        report.persist(rr, instance.getPath() + "/jcr:content/report");

Once code is deployed, please go to the following URL and click on start process as shown below:


Start MCP Process

You will see a new process called Property Update as shown below:

Click on the process

Property Updater process

Upload the excel sheet and provide search Path, Action and Resource Type to search for

Configure Process

Excel Sheet:

Upload the excel sheet attached and add the property name, data type and value as shown below:

Property Updater Excel

After executing the process, you can click the completed process and view the results as shown below:

View report
List of updated results with Action

You can also go to CRXDE and check the property getting added to the resources as shown below:

CRXDE results

You can also perform other options by selecting appropriate Action as shown below:

Action Dropdown

You can learn more about MCP here