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Extending Commerce Manager

Extending Commerce Manager

Commerce Manager's existing UI can be extended to display information and accommodate extended data objects from Commerce Engine. Commerce Manager UI extensions utilize Eclipse Extension Points.

Commerce Manager Pattern Catalog

The Commerce Manager Pattern Catalog offers working examples of all Commerce Manager extension types. The catalog can be loaded into /commerce-extensions as a standalone plugin.

When developing a new extension point, it is strongly recommended to use one of the working examples in the catalog as a starting point and modify it to suit your needs.

Creating an Extended Plugin

All extensions are created as a plugin in the commerce-extensions/cm/ext-cm-modules/ext-cm-plugins folder, and extend the plugin in which the UI element you want to extend exists. For example, if you want to extend a table in the Price List Manager activity, your plugin should extend com.elasticpath.cmclient.pricelistmanager.

Your plugin should contain the following:

  • A plugin.xml in the root of the plugin's folder.
  • A pom.xml file in the root of the plugin's folder.
  • A file in the root of the plugin's folder.
  • Your extended Java classes, typically in a /src/main/java/com/elasticpath/extensions folder.

These property files are discussed in the Registering Your Plugin section in detail.

Understanding Extension Points

Commerce Manager plugins provide three types of Eclipse extension points: a generic Extender, a StatePolicyExtender and a PromotionsExtender. Each out of the box plugin defines which extension points it provides in its plugin.xml file.

Each extender refers to an .exsd schema located in com.elasticpath.cmclient.core, which defines which fields are needed for an extension point contribution to be recognized as valid.


The generic Extender is provided by all out of the box plugins as follows:

<extension-point id="Extender" name="Extender" schema="../com.elasticpath.cmclient.core/schema/extender.exsd"/commerce-legacy/>
Extender is used to extend the following functionality:
  • Tables (Additional Columns)
  • Editors (New Sections)
  • Editors (New Pages)
  • Pages (New Sections)
  • Dialogs/Wizards

State Policy Extender

The State Policy Extension Point is designed to handle specific information around extending and creating new state policy determiners. State Policy provides its own extension point and schema in all plugins' plugin.xml as follows:

<extension-point id="StatePolicyExtender" name="StatePolicyExtender" schema="../com.elasticpath.cmclient.core/schema/statePolicyExtender.exsd"/commerce-legacy/>

For more information, see State Policies.

Promotions Extender

The Promotions Extension Point is designed to handle specific information around extending and creating promotion rules. Promotions can only be extended from the plugin and also has its own extension point, defined within store's plugin.xml:

<extension-point id="PromotionExtender" name="PromotionExtender"   schema="../com.elasticpath.cmclient.core/schema/promotionExtender.exsd"/commerce-legacy/>

Defining an Extension Point in an Extended Plugin

In your plugin's plugin.xml, you will need to define an extension point using the .exsd schemas and Extenders above. Regardless of the type of extension point, when referring to an extender, the nomenclature is always a particular plugin's Extender class.

The basic requirements for defining an extension point in your plugin.xml file are as follows:

  • An <extension> element, which has a point attribute.
    • point should refer to the Extender class of the plugin you wish to extend.
  • A child element of <extension> which defines the type of extension you are trying to create. It can be one of the following:
    Element Description Attributes
    <Page> Adds a new page to an Editor.

    editorName – The Editor to add the page to.

    className – Where the code for the extended or additional page is found. This must refer to a class that implements com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.helpers.extenders.EpPageCreator.

    <TableColumn> Adds a column to a table.

    table – The Table to add a column to.

    className – Where the code for the extended table is found. This must refer to a class that implements com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.helpers.extenders.EpTableColumnCreator.

    <Section> Adds a section to a page.

    pageId – The Page to add the section to.

    className – Where the code for the extended page section is found. This must refer to a class that implements com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.helpers.extenders.EpSectionCreator.
    <Dialog> Adds a new dialog.

    dialogName – The class name of the of the Dialog to attach to. This dialog must extend AbstractEpDialog.

    className – Where the code for the additional dialog is found. This must refer to a class that implements com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.helpers.extenders.DialogExtension.

    <Determiners> Adds a new State Policy Determiner. For more on creating State Policy Determiners, see State Policies.

    policyToApplyTo – The class name of the policy to extend.

    containerName – The policy container name.

    className – Where the code for the additional or extended State Policy Determiner is found. This must refer to a class that implements com.elasticpath.cmclient.policy.StateDeterminer.

Examples of all extension points can be found in the Commerce Manager Pattern Catalog.

Example: A TableColumn Extension Point

The following example defines an extension point for a new table column in the catalog plugin's BrowseProductListView table:

<extension point="com.elasticpath.cmclient.catalog.Extender">

Example: A Page Extension Point

EpPageCreator and EpSectionCreator are all implemented as an inner class to your extension class, typically named Creator. The extension declaration for these therefore refers to the Creator class directly as follows:

<extension point="com.elasticpath.cmclient.pricelistmanager.Extender">

Promotions Extension Points

The Promotions extension point follows a slightly different pattern. Within an <extension>, you must define all of the following:

Element Description Attributes
<Messaging> Name of the extended messaging class.

className – where the code for the extended Messaging class can be found. This must refer to a class that implements com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.helpers.extenders.MessageReader.

<Widget> Name of the Widget extension class.

className – where the code for the extended Widget class can be found. This must refer to a class that implements com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.helpers.extenders.PromotionWidgetCreator.

Example: A Promotions Extension Point

An example of a definition for a Promotions extension point in an extended store plugin's plugin.xml file is as follows:

<extension point="">
    <Messaging className="com.elasticpath.extensions.promotions.ExampleMessaging"></Messaging>
    <Widget className="com.elasticpath.extensions.promotions.ExampleWidget"></Widget>

Implementing an Extended Plugin

Depending on what you are extending, your class will either implement an interface or extend an abstract class from the com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.helpers.extenders package, or extend an abstract class from com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.editors.

For full examples, see the Commerce Manager Pattern Catalog.

Extending Tables

Tables can be extended by adding a column heading and column values. You cannot add an entirely new table to Commerce Manager, only extend an existing table.

To extend a table, implement EPTableCreator and implement its methods:

ExampleTable implements EPTableCreator {

Extending Sections

Sections should extend com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.editors.AbstractCmClientEditorPageSectionPart.

Section extensions should also implement com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.helpers.extenders.EpSectionCreator as a static inner class, Creator. Creator's one method, instantiateSection(), should return an instance of your extended section:

ExampleSection extends AbstractCmClientEditorPageSectionPart {
    public static class Creator implements EpSectionCreator {
    public AbstractCmClientFormSectionPart instantiateSection(FormPage formPage, AbstractCmClientFormEditor abstractCmClientFormEditor) {
      return new ExampleSection(...);

Extending Pages

Pages should extend com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.editors.AbstractCmClientEditorPage.

Page extensions should also implement com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.helpers.extenders.EpPageCreator as a static inner class, Creator. Creator's one method, instantiatePage(), should return an instance of your extended page:

ExamplePage extends AbstractCmClientEditorPage {
    public static class Creator implements EpPageCreator {
    public AbstractCmClientEditorPage instantiatePage(AbstractCmClientFormEditor abstractCmClientFormEditor) {
      return new ExamplePage(...);

Extending Dialogs

Dialogs should implement com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.helpers.extenders.DialogExtension and its methods:

public class ExampleDialog implements DialogExtension {

Extending State Policy Determiners

State Policy Determiner extensions should implement com.elasticpath.cmclient.policy.StateDeterminer and its method, determineState(). determineState() accepts a PolicyActionContainer object and must return EpState.READ_ONLY, EpState.EDITABLE, or EpState.DISABLED:

 public class ExampleDeterminer implements StateDeterminer {
 *  Determine the state.
 * @param policyActionContainer
 * @return the state.
  public EpControlFactory.EpState determineState(PolicyActionContainer policyActionContainer) {
      return EpControlFactory.EpState.READ_ONLY;

For more details on creating or extending new state policies, see Creating a State Policy Extension Point.

Extending Promotion Rules

Rather than an outright extension of an existing promotion rule, promotions extensions typically take the form of adding a new kind of promotion rule to Commerce Manager. For more information on extending promotion rules, see Promotions.

Connecting to a Commerce Engine Database via an Extended Domain Object

In general, we do not recommend trying to directly consume anything from a Commerce Engine database via Commerce Manager extensions. Instead, feed in an extended domain object into one of the extension points described above.

Registering Your Plugin

Before starting up your extended plugin, you must reference it in the following files. The name you reference your plugin by is the Bundle-SymbolicName defined its META-INF/MANIFEST.MF file. After adding your plugin to the following files, rebuild your project using mvn clean install from commerce-extensions/.


As with all OSGi bundles, your plugin must have a MANIFEST.MF file whit the following properties defined:

Manifest-Version: 1.0
Bundle-ManifestVersion: 2
Bundle-Name: table-examples
Bundle-SymbolicName: pattern-catalog;singleton:=true
Bundle-Version: 0.0.0.qualifier
Bundle-Vendor: %providerName
Bundle-RequiredExecutionEnvironment: JavaSE-1.8
Bundle-ActivationPolicy: lazy
Bundle-Localization: plugin
Require-Bundle:  org.eclipse.core.runtime,,
Note: The Bundle-SymbolicName you define is what you will refer to your plugin by in all other configuration files.


Your plugin should be listed in commerce-extensions/cm/ext-cm-plugins pom.xml file as a <module>:



Your plugin should be referenced in commerce-extensions/cm/ext-cm-webapp's feature.xml as follows:

<plugin id="your-extended-plugin" download-size="0" install-size="0" version="0.0.0" unpack="false"/commerce-legacy/>


Add your new plugin to commerce-extensions/cm/ext-cm-webapp's config.ini as follows:


Extensible Classes in Commerce Manager


All extensible tables extend a class parented by com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.views.AbstractCmClientView.


All extensible sections extend a class parented by com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.editors.AbstractCmClientEditorPage.


All extensible pages extend a class parented by com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.editors.AbstractCmClientFormEditor.


All extensible dialogs extend a class parented by com.elasticpath.cmclient.core.ui.dialog.AbstractEpDialog.

Including non-OSGi Libraries and Dependencies

Any new plugins, or plugins not found in the existing out of the box Commerce Manager need to be included in the deployment files. If your plugin depends on non-OSGi bundles, or additional libs, these have to be included as well.

For detailed instructions on including non-OSGi bundles or other external dependencies, see Adding Non-Plugin Modules to Commerce Manager.