# Activity types

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This page will describe how to create a new activity type in eXo Platorm

In this tutorial, we will see how to add a new activity type in eXo Platform. Activities are short messages sent by (or on belhalf of) users of the platform in different spaces stream. Several types of activity are built-in such as :

  • Simple activity

  • Poll activity

  • Kudo activity

Each activity type defines how the activity object is displayed.

In this tutorial, we will create a new activity type called "Mood of the day"

# Init the extension

As first step, follow the tutorial for preparing the extension, and use the example named 'activity-extensions'.

# Create the Vuejs component

This component will be in charge of displaying all activities of our new type. After copying the example project 'activity-extensions', go in folder src/main/webapp/vue-apps and create a new folder named 'mood-of-the-day-activity-type' :

cd $EXO_HOME/sources/docs-sample/activity-extensions/src/main/webapp/vue-apps
mkdir mood-of-the-day-activity-type

In folder mood-of-the-day-activity-type, create a new file named MoodOfTheDayActivityType.vue, containing

  <v-card white flat>
    <v-card-title :class="titleSize">
      Mood of the day
    <v-card-subtitle v-sanitized-html="activity && activity.title" />

export default {
  props: {
    activity: {
      type: Object,
      default: null,
  computed: {
    titleSize() {
      return this.isComment && 'text-h6' || 'text-h5';

In this file, you can see the props activity :

  props: {
    activity: {
      type: Object,
      default: null,

These props come from the upper Vue component, and represent the activity object to display. Let's display it with a v-card, containing two lines : the first one (the v-card title) with "Mood of the day", and the second one (the v-card subtitle) with the activity title.

# Register the new activity extension

In the same folder, create a file named main.js, containing

import MoodOfTheDayActivityType from './MoodOfTheDayActivityType.vue';

export function init() {
  extensionRegistry.registerExtension('activity', 'type', {
    /* Activity.type. 'default' corresponds
    to all activities which doesn't have
    a corresponding extension */
    type: 'moodActivity',
    options: {
      // Redefine all the activity display by a custom one
      getExtendedComponent: () => ({
        component: MoodOfTheDayActivityType,
        overrideHeader: false,
        overrideFooter: false,
      // Whether to display edit button or not when user have permission
      canEdit: () => false,
      canShare: () => false,

This file allow sto register our Vue component in the eXo Platform extensionRegistry. The first two parameters of the function registerExtension define which kind of extension we are registering, the third one defines the object we want to register. The 'type' parameter is our activity type. All activities with this type we be displayed with our Vue component.

# Load the Vue Component

Create the template file $EXO_HOME/sources/docs-sample/activity-extensions/src/main/webapp/groovy/MoodOfTheDayActivityExtension.gtmpl

Fill it with

<script type="text/javascript" defer="defer">
    function (moodOfTheDayActivityType) {

Update file $EXO_HOME/sources/docs-sample/activity-extensions/src/main/webapp/WEB-INF/conf/activity-extensions/body-template-extension-configuration.xml

Replace the existing external-component-plugin by

          <description>Add MoodOfTheDayActivityType in portal</description>

This xml configuration tells the portal to insert the gtmpl .MoodOfTheDayActivityExtension.gtmpl in the dynamic container UIPortalApplication-End-Body when loading the portal. The gtmpl loads the javascript file which loads our activity type extension.

# Build the vue file, and declare the generated js file

Update file $EXO_HOME/sources/docs-sample/activity-extensions/webpack.prod.js by add the line about our new js file :

  entry: {
    activityType: './src/main/webapp/vue-apps/activity-type/main.js',
    activityBody: './src/main/webapp/vue-apps/activity-body/main.js',
    activityMenuItem: './src/main/webapp/vue-apps/activity-menu-item/main.js',
    activityAction: './src/main/webapp/vue-apps/activity-action/main.js',
    commentBody: './src/main/webapp/vue-apps/comment-body/main.js',
    commentMenuItem: './src/main/webapp/vue-apps/comment-menu-item/main.js',
    commentAction: './src/main/webapp/vue-apps/comment-action/main.js',
    moodOfTheDayActivityType: './src/main/webapp/vue-apps/mood-of-the-day-activity-type/main.js'

This modification allows to build our new vue file on module compilation. It generates a js file from the vue file.

Finally, update the file $EXO_HOME/sources/docs-sample/activity-extensions/src/main/webapp/WEB-INF/gatein-resources.xml by adding :


This modification will declare the generated js file as a javascript module, which can be loaded in html, in order to load the vue component. It is used in the file MoodOfTheDayActivityExtension.gtmpl.

# Deploy the extension

  1. Let's build our extension

    cd $EXO_HOME/sources/docs-sample/activity-extensions
    mvn clean package
  2. Now deploy it to the server

    cp target/activity-extensions.war $EXO_HOME/webapps
  3. Update docker compose configuration to mount the new war file in the webapps of the server. The volumes section should be like this :

        - exo_data:/srv/exo
        - exo_logs:/var/log/exo
        - $EXO_HOME/webapps/activity-extensions.war:/opt/exo/webapps/activity-extensions.war
  4. Restart the docker containers of eXo Platform :

    docker-compose -f docker-compose.yml up

# Create an activity with the new type

Now let's call the social API to post a new mood activity.

To use it, we firstly need a space in which we will create the activity. Access to the application, and create a new space. Then access to url to get user spaces :


Find your space and note the attribute "id". If the space is the first one created, the id will be 1

To generate the activity, we need to make a POST request. In this example, we will make it with curl, but you can use tools like Talend API Tester (opens new window) or YARC which will help to make REST requests.

With curl tool, make the following requests from command line :

curl -X POST -c cookies -d 'username=root&password=password' http://localhost:8080/portal/login
curl -X POST -b cookies -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -d '{"title": "Im happy","type": "moodActivity"}' http://localhost:8080/portal/rest/v1/social/activities?spaceId=1

The first command performs the authentication and store cookies in cookies file. The second command makes the POST request using cookies file for the authentication.

Access to the space :

The activity is displayed in the stream using the Vue file we created. Each activity with type moodActivity will use this template for display. We can now imagine an application in which the user can give his mood, and the application automatically create the associated activity.