Control Menu Entry Template

In this article, you’ll learn how to create a Liferay Control Menu entry as a Liferay module. To create a Liferay Control Menu entry via the command line using Blade CLI or Maven, use one of the commands with the following parameters:

blade create -t control-menu-entry [-p packageName] [-c className] projectName

or

mvn archetype:generate \
    -DarchetypeGroupId=com.liferay \
    -DarchetypeArtifactId=com.liferay.project.templates.control.menu.entry \
    -DartifactId=[projectName] \
    -Dpackage=[packageName] \
    -DclassName=[className] \
    -DliferayVersion=7.1

You can also insert the -b maven parameter in the Blade command to generate a Maven project using Blade CLI.

The template for this kind of project is control-menu-entry. Suppose you want to create a control menu entry project called my-control-menu-entry-project with a package name of com.liferay.docs.entry.control.menu and a class name of SampleProductNavigationControlMenuEntry. You could run the following command to accomplish this:

blade create -t control-menu-entry -p com.liferay.docs.entry -c Sample my-control-menu-entry-project

or

mvn archetype:generate \
    -DarchetypeGroupId=com.liferay \
    -DarchetypeArtifactId=com.liferay.project.templates.control.menu.entry \
    -DgroupId=com.liferay \
    -DartifactId=my-control-menu-entry-project \
    -Dpackage=com.liferay.docs.entry \
    -Dversion=1.0 \
    -DclassName=Sample \
    -Dauthor=Joe Bloggs \
    -DliferayVersion=7.1

After running the Blade command above, your project’s directory structure would look like this:

  • my-control-menu-entry-project
    • gradle
      • wrapper
        • gradle-wrapper.jar
        • gradle-wrapper.properties
    • src
      • main
        • java
          • com/liferay/docs/entry/control/menu
            • SampleProductNavigationControlMenuEntry.java
        • resources
          • content
            • Language.properties
    • bnd.bnd
    • build.gradle
    • gradlew

The Maven-generated project includes a pom.xml file and does not include the Gradle-specific files, but otherwise, appears exactly the same.

The generated module is functional and is deployable to a Liferay Portal instance. To build upon the generated app, modify the project by adding logic and additional files to the folders outlined above. You can visit the control-menu-entry sample project for a more expanded sample of a Control Menu entry. Likewise, see the Customizing the Control Menu tutorial for instructions on customizing a Control Menu entry project.

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