DataSource API

The DataSource API provides a simple way to fetch/transform any DataSource (e.g. a public gist or another URL) and provide the results to any server feature or use it in the editor as a data source for metadata or filters.

The current version supports binding a DataSource to a metadata field, which will be described in more detail in the example section.

Supported Metadata UI Components

liMetaSelectForm supports this types

  • li-string-list
  • li-numeric-list
  • li-text
  • li-enum
  • li-integer

liMetaMultiselectForm supports this types

  • li-string-list
  • li-numeric-list

Example - Bind a DataSource to a Metadata Field

You can register a DataSource (e.g. labelValuePairDataSource) and use it as dataProvider for a metadata field (e.g. dummy). In the publish screen you get a list of values (based on the results of the DataSource).

Final result on the editor publish screen

Datasource Dropdown

Register a DataSource on the server

const dataSourcesApi = liServer.features.api('li-data-sources')

// register code on the server
  handle: 'labelValuePairDataSource',
  // result for labelValuePair = [{label, value}, ...]
  dataFormat: 'labelValuePair',
  // fetch data from your external service (or provide a static list)
  // projectId/userId is always passed (guaranteed by the server)
  // params will be passed by the requester (e.g. a metadata plugin on the editor which passes the documentId)
  async fetch ({projectId, userId, params}) {
    const fetchedData = {
      'categories': [
        {'id': '1', 'category': 'B├╝cher'},
        {'id': '2', 'category': 'News'},
        {'id': '3', 'category': 'Wirtschaft', isDefault: true},
        {'id': '4', 'category': 'International'}

    // your returned data format must match with the 'dataFormat'
    return => ({
      label: i.category,
      // optional - if true this is the initial value
      isDefault: !!i.isDefault

Bind a DataSource to a Metadata field in the content-type config on the server

// content-type config on the server
metadata = [{
  handle: 'dummy',
  // only 'li-enum' is supported
  type: 'li-enum',
  ui: {
    label: 'Data Source Example',
    // only 'liMetaSelectForm' is supported
    component: 'liMetaSelectForm'
  config: {
    dataProvider: {
      // this is the dataSource handle registered on the server
      dataSource: 'labelValuePairDataSource'