List of versions

As of version 2.13.0, there are 2 types of themes:

  • the themes conveyed by the graphic charter
  • personalized themes, by language

Graphic themes cannot be modified in the back office.

For more information on the link directory and the themes, please click here

New description fields

In version 2.6.0 of plugin Link directory, links has three new optional fields for customizing the display of your links or applications:

  • One color
  • A status: Normal / Out of order / New
  • Additional page: choose a page in the sitemap for documentation or help on the link

Link access limitation is now based on the new :

  • A public link is a link for which the "Reader" profile is authorized for Anonymous.
  • A restricted-access link is one for which the "Reader" profile is excluded for Anonymous, and authorized for all logged-in users or a selection of users/groups.

On the front-office side, link/application configuration becomes more flexible, allowing a logged-in user to order links/applications as they wish, or hide those they don't want to see.

Use of pictograms to illustrate links

Version 2.2.0 of plugin Directory of links lets you choose a pictogram (icon) for a link illustration from a font available in the graphic charter.


Each graphic charter using fonts can be listed in a file skin/ [NOM_SKIN]/conf/fonts.xml the (relative) path to CSS files containing fonts.

Example of a fonts file.xml

    <!-- Configure here the CSS files containing fonts (enter the relative path from resources folder of the skin) -->    
    <!-- The CSS files should contain the @font-face rule -->    
    <!-- <file>fonts/icomoon.css</file> -->    

<!-- Files in skin ->

<!-- Files in FontAwesome Free 5.12.1 plugin -->
    <file plugin="fontawesome-free">css/ametys-solid.css</file> 
    <file plugin="fontawesome-free">css/ametys-brands.css</file> 
    <file plugin="fontawesome-free">css/ametys-regular.css</file> 

<!-- Files in FontAwesome 5.12.1 plugin -->
    <file plugin="fontawesome">css/ametys-solid.css</file> 
    <file plugin="fontawesome">css/ametys-brands.css</file> 
    <file plugin="fontawesome">css/ametys-light.css</file> 
    <file plugin="fontawesome">css/ametys-regular.css</file> 

To be taken into account, CSS font files must contain the @font-face rule and all fonts.

Example of a CSS file that will be correctly taken into account

@font-face {    
  font-family: 'icomoon';    
  src:  url('icomoon.eot?3nwr9c');    
  src:  url('icomoon.eot?3nwr9c#iefix') format('embedded-opentype'),    
     url('icomoon.ttf?3nwr9c') format('truetype'),    
     url('icomoon.woff?3nwr9c') format('woff'),    
     url('icomoon.svg?3nwr9c#icomoon') format('svg');    
  font-weight: normal;    
  font-style: normal;    

    font-family: 'icomoon';    
    content: "\e902";    

    content: "\ea0a";    
    font-family: icomoon;    

    content: "\e90c";    
    font-family: 'icomoon' !important;    
Charter heritage

From Ametys 4.3.0

Missing file

As the generic inheritance rule indicates, if the file is absent, the file from the parent charter is used.


If the file is present it will be mixed with the parent chart file according to the following rules:

  • parent and current charter files are added
Blocking inheritance

By default, inheritance applies, but if the file has the attribute inherit="false", then only the local file is used.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<files inherit="false">

In the window for adding or modifying a link, click on "Pictogram ..." in the menu for choosing the thumbnail.

Then select the pictogram from those available in the graphic charter.

If you know the name of the CSS class associated with the icon you're looking for, you can use the search filter:

If the "Pictograms..." menu is not visible, it's because your graphic charter does not contain CSS with fonts, or because your charter is not correctly configured (see previous paragraph).

Third-party service integration

Version 2.1.0 of plugin Link Directory provides an extension point for retrieving dynamic information from a third-party service and displaying it in link rendering.

Application examples:

  • Display a dot with the number of unread e-mails on a link to the e-mail application

  • Show upcoming appointments with tooltip preview

This information is updated periodically (by default every minute) by the third-party service.


Depending on your application, you may have one or more dynamic information providers.
In this case, when creating or modifying a directory link, a "Dynamic information" field lets you choose the provider from a drop-down list and associate it with your link.

Ametys provides 3 dynamic information providers:

  • GLPI tickets: to retrieve the list of unresolved tickets opened by the logged-in user. You need plugin GLPI.
  • Unread mails: retrieve the number of unread mails and an overview of the last X mails from an Exchange, Bluemind or Zimbra mail server. You need plugin for your mail server.
  • Upcoming events: retrieve the number of appointments and an overview of the next X appointments from an Exchange, Bluemind or Zimbra mail server. You must have the plugin corresponding to your mail server.
Integration of a dynamic information provider

To begin with, you'll need to declare a new extension point in the plugin.xml file of a plugin Ametys . If necessary, you'll need to create a new plugin, then follow the instructions on the page Architecture of a plugin Ametys

For each of your services, declare an extension point of type org.ametys.plugins.linkdirectory.dynamic.DynamicInformationProviderExtensionPoint on the model below:

<extension id="ws.moodle"     
    <label i18n="false">Liste des cours</label>     

For each extension point, you must define :

  • une url (<url>) : cela peut-être l'url d'un web service externe (http://...) ou une url interne à l'application (cocoon://...)
  • un libellé (<label>)

The webservice'sURL must return a XML stream in the following format:

    <long-value>2 cours</long-value>     
            <title>Génie mécanique en automobile</title>     
            <summary><b>Statut:</b> Ouvert</summary>     
            <footer>Jusqu'au mardi 10/09</footer>     
            <title>Résistance des matériaux</title>     
            <summary><b>Statut:</b> Rédaction en cours</summary>     
            <footer>Jusqu'au lundi 24/02</footer>     

Or in case of error :

    <error-message>Vous n'avez pas accès, votre mot de passe a peut-être expiré.</error-message>       


Variable names can be used in theURL service definition. Variables will automatically be replaced by their calculated values.

Here's the list of available variables:



Current language code (e.g. fr, en, ..)


Current site name (e.g. www)


Maximum number of items.
Can be used to retrieve X next appointments or X last unread emails.


Value of a configuration parameter.
Replace PARAM_NAME with the configuration parameter identifier.


Value of a configuration parameter for the current site.
Replace PARAM_NAME with the site parameter identifier.

Example of a dynamic information provider using :


<extension id="ws.mon.service"     
    <label i18n="false">Liste des cours</label>     

The calculatedurl will be of the form cocoon://plugins/monservice/ws/www/en/info.xml?nbElmts=3&api=AqjZjhd458sjAhdcxo58e79szpd

Theurl passwordChangeUrl is only useful if the user's password is used, as opposed to aAPI key or a master account.

Dynamic information formatting

On the rendering side, dynamically retrieved information is inserted by default under the associated link and formatted according to the following HTML format (taking the example of the XML feed defined above).

<dynamic-information id="link-info-8137285721861206-c4257f52-7faa-40c5-9daa-ce6e873a08fe">     
     <span class="link-info-short-value">2</span>     
     <span class="link-info-long-value">56</span>     
     <span class="link-info-tooltip">     
      <span class="link-info-item">     
 <span class="link-info-title">Génie mécanique en automobile</span>     
            <span class="summary"><b>Statut:</b> Ouvert</span>     
 <span class="link-info-footer">Jusqu'au mardi 10/09</span>     
 <span class="link-info-item">     
 <span class="link-info-title">Résistance des matériaux</span>     
 <span class="summary"><b>Statut:</b> Rédaction en cours</span>     
 <span class="link-info-footer">Jusqu'au lundi 24/02</span>     

The content of dynamic-information will be copied inside a span with the class link-dynamic-info, inside the link.

This view can be overloaded in the graphic charter, and new views can be added.

  • To override the default view, proceed in the same way as for rendering a service, by creating a skins/[NOM_SKIN]/services/link-directory/pages/services/directory/dynamic-info/default file.xsl

    <xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"     
        <xsl:import href="plugin:link-directory://pages/services/directory/dynamic-info/default.xsl"/>     
        <!-- Vos surcharge ici -->     
  • To add a new view, create a file skins/[NOM_SKIN]/services/link-directory/pages/services/directory/dynamic-info/[MA_VUE].xsl

    To use this view, you must override the "dynamic-info-view" template in the service rendering.

    <xsl:template name="dynamic-info-view">MA_VUE</xsl:template>     


It is not possible to customize the HTML format according to the link within the same service.

Error management

In the event of an error, the view must place an errorType attribute on the dynamic-information concerned, e.g.

<dynamic-information id="directoryLink://e396deff-d8a1-4377-aee2-b8bfaa27d720" errorType="UNAUTHORIZED">  
    <span class="link-info-error-message">Vous n'avez pas accès, votre mot de passe a peut-être expiré.</span >  
    <span class="link-info-change-password">  
        <a href="javascript:void(0)" title="Enregistrer un nouveau mot de passe de connexion au service" class="link-info-change-password-button">  
            <span>Saisir votre mot de passe</span>  

(The default view adds a link to change your password if the error is UNAUTHORIZED)

This view is not inserted in the link, as is the case for results, but below it (so that links can be used within the error message).

Two spans with the class link-dynamic-info-error are available at the same level as the link, one to contain messages from the server, and one containing a default message in the event of a serious error (not even an error message returned by the server).

Password change

The link-dynamic-info-change-password-template is inserted at the same time as script javascript and creates a template in the page that will be copied to display a password change message.

The default view generated is as follows:

<script id="template-6379233973086729" type="text/template"> 
    <div style="display: none;" class="link-dynamic-info-change-password" id="change-password-6379233973086729"> 
        <div class="link-dynamic-info-change-password-intro-message">Veuillez saisir votre mot de passe de connexion au service.</div> 
        <div style="display: none;" class="link-dynamic-info-change-password-error-message" id="error-div-6379233973086729"></div> 
        <div class="link-dynamic-info-change-password-field"> 
            <div class="link-dynamic-info-change-password-label"> 
                <label for="6379233973086729">Mot de passe</label> 
            <div class="link-dynamic-info-change-password-input"><input placeholder="Nouveau mot de passe" id="field-6379233973086729" type="password"/></div> 

Add personal links (user favorites)

In the "Link directory" service, you can authorize logged-in users to add their own favorite links.

In the service parameters, check the "Show custom links" box.

If custom links are enabled :

  • links specific to the logged-in user will be displayed after the "general" links
  • an "Add a favorite" button that lets users add a favorite link
  • in the dialog box for customizing link display (visible only if the "Customizable" option is checked), users can delete their own links

A logged-in user can also add a favorite link through a bookmarket provided by plugin. Follow the integration manual to integrate this bookmarklet: Integrating a bookmarklet to add a web page to the link directory


Differentiated access to URLs

From version 2.0.0 it is possible to define 2 URLs for each link in the directory:

  • an external URL , accessible from the outside
  • an internal URL , accessible from an internal network defined by an IP range.

Internet users will be redirected to one or other of these URLs, depending on whether they are browsing from the internal or external network.

When creating/modifying a link "to an external URL ", you can enter an external url and/or an internal url . Only one of the URLs is mandatory.

It is only possible to define two different URL accesses for the same link, if an internal IP range has been defined in the site parameters.
If only the "Url external" field is visible in the dialog box, no IP range has been defined.

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