CSDT Introduction:

CSDT stands for Content Server Developer Tools. This is a great feature provided in Oracle WebCenter Sites that helps the developers to easily import and export assets from one environment to the other environment, such as from DEV to UAT, etc.

This CSDT can be used in two ways.

1. Eclipse – CSDT Plugin:  This is a  plugin which can be embedded and used within eclipse, so that the developers can synch the assets between his workspace and local JSK instance(or any other dev server instance for that matter), and vice-versa.   You can see how to integrate this plugin with eclipse in one of my previous post. Click Here to read the article.

2. Command Line Tool : This is where we use the command line options for exporting and importing the assets between environments. The Developer Tools command-line tool can be used for deployment and other resource movement activities (like assets as said above). Unlike the Eclipse integration, which enables you to work only with the eclipse workspace, the command-line tool enables you to work with any
workspace. The main feature of using the command-line tool is that it provides import and export features which are not available when working in the Eclipse IDE.

How to use the Command-Line Tool:

To use the command line tool, one should use the csdt.zip provided with the Oracle WebCenter Sites installation unit, or with the patches. Make sure that you use the same csdt.zip from the patch which you have applied on your environment (In case if you have applied any patch).

Unzip the csdt.zip file, and you should be able to see two folders inside it.

  • csdt-client
  • csdt-eclipse

The csdt-eclipse folder contains the plugin for integrating with Eclipse.

The csdt-client will have a jar file which is responsible for the command line tools activity, and a lib folder. Under the lib folder you will have some more jar files which are required by the csdt command line tools.  Say for example, if you are using 11.1.1.8 version of Oracle WebCenter Sites, then you should see the following inside the csdt-client folder.

  • csdt-client-11.1.1.8.0.jar
  • lib
    • cas-client-core-3.1.9.jar
    • commons-logging-1.1.1.jar
    • cs-core-11.1.1.8.0.jar
    • rest-api-11.1.1.8.0.jar
    • …. etc

In the upcoming posts, we will see how we can use the CSDT Command line option to export assets like CSElements, Templates, all other assets.

Click on the below links for Export and Import using CSDT Command Line Tools.

1. Import using CSDT Command Line Tool in Oracle WebCenter Sites / Fatwire

2. Export using CSDT Command Line Tool in Oracle WebCenter Sites / Fatwire

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