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In this tutorial, we will follow the guideline for developing a plugin to develop our Download PDF Datalist Action plugin. Please also refer to the very first tutorial How to develop a Bean Shell Hash Variable for more details steps.

1. What is the problem?

We require the ability to download form data as a PDF file from the datalist.

2. How to solve the problem?

We will develop a Datalist Action Plugin to display a button to generate a form PDF file. 

3. What is the input needed for your plugin?

To develop a PDF Download Datalist Action plugin, we will consider providing the following as input.

  1. Form ID : The form that will be used to generate the PDF file.
  2. Record ID Column : Use the id of the datalist row or a column value to load the record.
  3. Formatting options : Options to format and customise the PDF output. 

4. What is the output and expected outcome of your plugin?

When the PDF Download Datalist Action is used as a datalist row action or column action, a normal user will see a link to download the PDF file in every row of the datalist. Once the link is clicked, a PDF file will be prompted for downloaded for that specific row.

When the plugin is used for multiple datalist rows (whole list action), a zip file containing all the generated PDFs of every selected rows will be prompted for download when the button is clicked.

5. Are there any resources/API that can be reused?

To develop the PDF Download Datalist Action plugin, we can reuse the methods in FormPdfUtil to generate a form as PDF. We can also refer to the source code of the Datalist Form Data Delete Action plugin as well. Other than that, we can refer to the Export Form Email Tool on what kind of plugin properties options we can provide in the plugin as the Export Form Email Tool are using the methods in FormPdfUtil as well.

6. Prepare your development environment

We need to always have our Joget Workflow Source Code ready and builded by following this guideline

The following tutorial is prepared with a Macbook Pro and the Joget Source Code is version 5.0.0. Please refer to the Guideline for developing a plugin article for other platform commands.

Let's say our folder directory is as follows. 

The "plugins" directory is the folder we will create and store all our plugins and the "jw-community" directory is where the Joget Workflow Source code is stored.

Run the following command to create a maven project in "plugins" directory.

Then, the shell script will ask us to key in a version number for the plugin and ask us for a confirmation before it generates the maven project.

We should get a "BUILD SUCCESS" message shown in our terminal and a "download_pdf_datalist_action" folder created in the "plugins" folder.

Open the maven project with your favourite IDE. I will be using NetBeans.  

7. Just code it!

a. Extending the abstract class of a plugin type

Create a "DownloadPdfDatalistAction" class under "org.joget.tutorial" package. Then, extend the class with org.joget.apps.datalist.model.DataListActionDefault abstract class. Please refer to Datalist Action Plugin.

b. Implement all the abstract methods

As usual, we have to implement all the abstract methods. We will using AppPluginUtil.getMessage method to support i18n and using constant variable MESSAGE_PATH for message resource bundle directory.

Implementation of all basic abstract methods  Expand source

Now, we have to create a UI for admin user to provide inputs for our plugin. In getPropertyOptions method, we already specify our Plugin Properties Options definition file is located at "/properties/downloadPdfDatalistAction.json". Let us create a directory "resources/properties" under "download_pdf_datalist_action/src/main" directory. After creating the directory, create a file named "downloadPdfDatalistAction.json" in the "properties" folder.

In the properties definition options file, we will need to provide options as below. Please note that we can use "@@message.key@@" syntax to support i18n in our properties options.

After completing the properties option to collect input, we can work on the main method of the plugin which is executeAction method.

c. Manage the dependency libraries of your plugin

Our plugin is using javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest and javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse class, so we will need to add jsp-api library to our POM file.

d. Make your plugin internationalization (i18n) ready

We are using i18n message key in getLabel and getDescription method. We will use i18n message key in our properties options definition as well. Then, we will need to create a message resource bundle properties file for our plugin.

Create a directory, "resources/messages", under "download_pdf_datalist_action/src/main" directory. Then, create a "" file in the folder. In the properties file, add all the message keys and its label as below.

e. Register your plugin to the Felix Framework

Next, we will have to register our plugin class in the Activator class (Auto generated in the same class package) to tell the Felix Framework that this is a plugin.

f. Build it and test

Let's build our plugin. Once the building process is done, we will find a "download_pdf_datalist_action-5.0.0.jar" file created under "download_pdf_datalist_action/target" directory.

Then, let's upload the plugin jar to Manage Plugins. After uploading the jar file, double check that the plugin is uploaded and activated correctly.

Then, let's try it in one of the datalist. You can see our new plugin shown under "Actions" in Datalist Builder.

Once we drag and drop the "Download PDF" action into the datalist builder canvas, we can edit the action. The following configuration page will be shown based on our properties option definition.


Let's add the "Download PDF" action as row action and also the whole list action for testing. We can see the "Download" button shown correctly in the userview screenshot below.

When row action is clicked, a pdf is downloaded.

When the whole list action is clicked, a zip file is downloaded.

8. Take a step further, share it or sell it

You can download the source code from

To download the ready-to-use plugin jar, please find it in




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