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Dynamic forms (eav)

Dynamic form instances (values) are saved in the individual tables according to the entity which they are linked to ⇒ which is their owner (e.g. the entity IdmIdentityFormValue, IdmRoleFormValue). Form values are not saved, if null value (by persistent type) is given ⇒ filled values are saved only.

FormService service for working with the extended attributes on the back-end. FormInstance utility is useful on BE - contains value transformation to maps by attributes etc..
On the front-end, the editing of dynamic forms is done by the component EavForm.
Saving form values for the form definition work as PATCH. When attribute value has to be deleted, then form value with null has to be given (use it even for multi valued attributes).

Dynamic form attribute supports data types (persistentType):

  • CHAR - one character
  • TEXT - strings (long text). Not indexed - SHORTTEXT usage is preferred.
  • SHORTTEXT - strings (2000 chars). Indexed.
  • INT - integer
  • LONG - long
  • DOUBLE - saved as bigdecimal
  • BOOLEAN - true / false / null
  • DATE - date (without time)
  • DATETIME - date with time
  • BYTEARRAY - byte[]
  • UUID - uuid identifier. Indexed.
  • ATTACHMENT - attachment (~binary file). Read more about attachments.
Changing persistentType and confidential is possible only for attributes without persisted values ⇒ when attribute is not used for some values. Data migration, when attribute's persistentType or confidential is changed is not supported now.

with properties:

  • readonly
  • multi values - Is represented on the front-end by a textarea, where a line is a value (a new line separates the values). This property is supported for persistent types CHAR, TEXT, INT, LONG, DOUBLE and UUID.
  • confidential - .The values are stored in an confidential storage). Stored values of these attributes - substitute characters only - are loaded on the front-end. The value can only be changed and determined whether it is filled in. This property is supported for persistent types CHAR, TEXT, INT, LONG, DOUBLE, UUID, BYTEARRAY.
  • required - value validation, read more.
  • unique - value validation, read more.
  • min - value validation, read more.
  • max - value validation, read more.
  • regex - value validation, read more.
  • validationMessage - custom message, when some validation fails, read more.

Dynamic form attributes can be rendered differently on frontend. Face type (faceType) property is used for choosing frontend renderer. The default renderer is chosen by persistent type (e.g. UUID → UUID).

Renderer is a frontend component, superclass component AbstractFormAttributeRenderer is used for all renderer implementations. Renderer is responsible for IdmFormValue ⇔ input value transformation.

Renderers are registered in module's component-descriptor.js as single component with attributes:

  • id - unique component identifier
  • type = form-value - static component type is used for all form-value renderer
  • persistentType - which persistent type renderer supports
  • faceType - renderer face type ⇒ key. Unique face type should be given (by persistent type). Its optional persistentType is used as default, when no faceType is given.
  • component - renderer implementation (AbstractFormAttributeRenderer descendant).
  • labelKey - localization key ⇒ renderer name. Its optional, faceType is used, when no labelKey is given.

All component descriptor features are supported. Read tutorial, how to create custom form attribute renderer.


  • Adding an interface implementation FormableEntity to the new entity,
  • creating a manager implementation by inheriting AbstractFormableService for the new entity,
  • creating the entity by inheriting AbstractFormValue, which will represent the values of extended attributes for the new entity (owner),
  • creating a repository by inheriting AbstractFormValueRepository for the values of the extended attributes,
  • creating the manager by inheriting AbstractFormValueService for the values of the extended attributes.


  • issuing a REST endpoint for saving the extended attributes from the FE - e.g. IdmIdentityController - controller has to evaluate security to read / save form values by their owner (e.g. by identity),
  • creating a service and redux manager communicating with REST by inheriting FormableEntityManager - e.g. IdentityManager,
  • using the component EavForm for filling in and sending the values of the extended attributes from the FE to the BE - e.g. IdentityEav content.

On the FE, there is an agenda of forms - their definition and attributes. Each definition can contain zero or more attributes. To maintain the integrity, an interface UnmodifiableEntity has been created, which allows adding a flag that the entity has been created by the system and cannot be modified (or some of its attributes) and deleted (this logic now needs to be implemented manually into the relevant controllers), for example in IdmFormAttributeController.

Data migration, when attribute's persistentType or confidential is changed is not supported now.
Beware, form type, form code and attribute code is used for composing the key for localization and in the string all special characters (white spaces, dots, colons etc.) will by replaced by dash (spinal-case or kebab-case on frontend).

Example form code eu.bcvsolutions.idm.acc.entity.SysSystem will be transformed into eu-bcvsolutions-idm-acc-entity-syssystem

Read more in tutorial


Value has to match given regular expression (java pattern is used).

Unique validation is not supported for BYTEARRAY and ATTACHMENT persistent types.
Use single back slash for configure regex on GUI ⇒ use double back slash in java. Example regex for the ip v4 address:
  • GUI: ^([01]?\d\d?|2[0-4]\d|25[0-5]).([01]?\d\d?|2[0-4]\d|25[0-5]).([01]?\d\d?|2[0-4]\d|25[0-5]).([01]?\d\d?|2[0-4]\d|25[0-5])$
  • java: ^([01]?\\d\\d?|2[0-4]\\d|25[0-5])\\.([01]?\\d\\d?|2[0-4]\\d|25[0-5])\\.([01]?\\d\\d?|2[0-4]\\d|25[0-5])\\.([01]?\\d\\d?|2[0-4]\\d|25[0-5])$

Validation message

Custom validation message. If message is not defined, then default message by invalid validation type will be shown.

Can contain localization key (e.g. core:validationError.invalid.unique). Parameters min, max, regex, unique, required is available for localization message.
Use CodeListManager for creating and providing code lists and items through application on backend (e.g. available for scripts, which could be used in provisioning).
Use CodeListSelect and CodeListValue for rendering code lists on frontend.
Frontend localization is supported in the item's name. For example item with name environment.development.title will be localized.

Identity form values can be secured by authorization policies when some identity extended attributes have to be secured - see how in configure authorization policies.

Authorization policies only support identity extended attribute values. Support for other entities can be added in the future.
  • Form value data migration, when persistent type is changed.
  • Attachment renderer: support multiple files, validation support (now is validation on input)
  • Created deep copy, when form values are copied ⇒ attachment is linked to two form values and is removed, when the first one is deleted.