Import API


The Import API provides a possibility to programmatically create Documents. One popular use case is to funnel Documents from news aggregators into Livingdocs. Another very common use case is importing old articles and having Livingdocs as the single source of truth. The Import API saves your raw documents appropriately - to database and Elasticsearch.

The Import function has the following signature

const importLog = await import({importJob, rawDocument, shouldCreateNew, updateCondition, userId})


importJob is an object that contains data about the Document that is being imported.

  • systemName: A string identifying your importer, e.g. hugo-importer.
  • externalId: A string identifying your resource on the external system. This Id should be unique so depending on your case prefixing it with the name of that system might be feasible, e.g. hugo:1234 instead of 1234.
  • checksum: An arbitrary string which allows you to determine whether it’s an update.
  • projectId: A number containing the Id of the Project you want the Document to import to.
  • channelid: A number containing the Id of the Channel you want the Document to import to.
  • contentType: A string, the desired contentType of your Document.
  • title: A string, the title of your Document.
  • publicationDate A string containing an ISO 8601 date time stamp of when an article was published (autoPublish flag needs to be set as well)


rawDocument is an object that contains the content of the document.

  • design: An object with name and version properties.
  • content: An array of livingdocs components
  • metadata: An object containing the metadata of your Document
  • livingdoc: Can contain the design and content attributes above. Deprecated in: release-2023-03

Example how to build a rawDocument object:

const livingdoc = framework.createLivingdoc({
  content: [{
    component: 'title',
    content: {title: 'Moby Dick'}
  design: {name: 'my-design', version: '1.0.0'}

const rawDocument = {
  metadata: {title: 'Moby Dick'},
  content: livingdoc.content,

  // Deprecated in: release-2023-03
  livingdoc: livingdoc.serialize()


shouldCreateNew is a boolean parameter with which tells the importApi to always create a new article instead of updating a previously imported one.

CAUTION: If you choose to always create new documents you need to leave systemName empty so as not to run into the unique constraint configured on the database level.


updateCondition can be a string describing a default strategy or it can be a function. Available strategies are (updateCondition as a string)

  • always: If externalIds match, the Document will be updated.
  • never: The Document will not be updated. The Update will be discarded.
  • untouched: The Document only will be updated if it has not been manually updated in the Editor.

You can customise the behaviour by passing a function instead of a string. Your function will have access to the Document and the matching ImportLog. E.g.

const updateCondition = (document, importLog) => {
  // ... Logic to determine whether the document should be updated.

  return true // ... to be updated or false to discard the update.

CAUTION: updateCondition only has the desired effect if shouldCreateNew is false (or falsy)!


userId of the user you would like to set as author of the Document. If none is passed, the Import API will set the Import User as author.

CAUTION: The Import API will return an error if neither a userId is specified nor an Import User has been created beforehand!


You can configure a user per Project which is set as author of imported Documents if you dont pass a userId.

const user = await createImportUser(projectId)


The id of the Project for which you want to create an Import User.


You can retrieve the user object of the Import User.

const {id} = await importApi.getImportUser(projectId)

CAUTION: This only returns the userId of the Import User.


You can retrieve a specific ImportLog.

const importLog = await importApi.getImportLog({systemName, externalId})


You can also fetch the latest ImportLog.

const lastImportLog = await getLastImportLog({projectId, channelId})