A.5. metadata.xml

Files of this type are used for registering custom datatypes and non-persistent entities and assigning meta annotations.

The metadata.xml file of the project is specified in the cuba.metadataConfig application property.

The file has the following structure:

metadata – root element.

metadata elements:

  • datatypes - an optional descriptor of custom datatypes.

    datatypes elements:

    • datatype - the datatype descriptor. It has the following attributes:

      • id - identifier, which should be used to refer to this datatype from @MetaProperty annotation.

      • class - defines the implementation class.

      • sqlType - optional attribute which specifies an SQL type of your database suitable for storing values of this data type. The SQL type will be used by CUBA Studio when it generates database scripts. See Example of a Custom Datatype for details.

      The datatype element can also contain other attributes that depend on the implementation of the datatype.

  • metadata-model – the project’s meta model descriptor.

    metadata-model attribute:

    • root-package – the project’s root package.

      metadata-model elements:

    • class – a non-persistent entity class.

  • annotations – contains assignments of entity meta-annotations.

    The annotations element contains entity elements which define entities to assign meta-annotation to. Each entity element must contain the class attribute which specifies an entity class, and a list of annotation elements.

    The annotation element defines a meta-annotation. It has the name attribute which corresponds to the meta-annotation name. The map of meta-annotation attributes is defined using the list of nested attribute elements.


<metadata xmlns="http://schemas.haulmont.com/cuba/metadata.xsd">

    <metadata-model root-package="com.sample.sales">

        <entity class="com.haulmont.cuba.security.entity.User">
            <annotation name="com.haulmont.cuba.core.entity.annotation.TrackEditScreenHistory">
                <attribute name="value" value="true" datatype="boolean"/>

            <annotation name="com.haulmont.cuba.core.entity.annotation.EnableRestore">
                <attribute name="value" value="true" datatype="boolean"/>

        <entity class="com.haulmont.cuba.core.entity.Category">
            <annotation name="com.haulmont.cuba.core.entity.annotation.SystemLevel">
                <attribute name="value" value="false" datatype="boolean"/>