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Aliasing of Plone content

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This package provides a new content type for Plone called Alias. An alias is configured with a reference to another content item. It then acts as an alias for the given item.

The alias mirrors most aspects of the original content item. If the original is changed, the alias will be automatically updated. Certain aspects are particular to the alias, however, including:

  • URL/path
  • portal_catalog entry
  • Workflow state
  • Permission/role map (e.g. as set by workflow)
  • Local roles
  • Content rules
  • Portlets

In addition, certain aspects will mirror the original unless they are explicitly set on the alias, at which point it will have its own version. These aspects include:

  • Content title
  • Display template (set via the display menu)
  • Portlets

Upgrade from Plone 3 to Plone 4

With Plone 4, the UID index is converted to a UUIDIndex. The plone migration will crash because of duplicated UID in the catalog. So you need to fix your catalog before executing the plone migration, go to portal_setup, Upgrades tab, choose collective.alias and execute the upgrade step 1 to 2.


collective.alias uses Dexterity. See for more information.

To use the product in your own build, either depend on it in a file, or add it to your buildout’s eggs listing as normal.

In either case, you probably want to use Dexterity’s Known Good Set of packages to minimise the risk of package version conflicts. For example:

extends =


eggs =

Refer to to find the latest release of the Dexterity KGS. collective.alias is tested with the 1.0 series of Dexterity releases.

Pasting aliases

If the user has the collective.alias: Add Alias permission in a given folder, a Paste as alias action will appear in the actions menu if there is one or more content items on the clipboard.

Alias folder behaviour

By default, an alias will act as a container if the original content item does. The alias will have the same metadata and settings as the original item, but not its children. Children can be added to the alias directly, however. Children can be other aliases, or regular content items.

An alias may be configured to “allow traversal”. In this case, children of the original content item will be available as children of the alias for traversal or object access. They will not normally show up in folder listings, nor will they be indexed in the portal_catalog as separate items. This mode is useful for Collections and other types of content where child objects are integral to the object.

The “allow traversal” flag is set automatically based on the portal_type of the original content object, though it can be modified from the alias edit form.

The list of types that allow traversal is stored in the configuration registry and can e edited from the Configuration registry control panel. If you want to add a custom type to this list with GenericSetup, use a registry.xml file like this:


    <record name="collective.alias.interfaces.IAliasSettings.traversalTypes">
      <value purge="false">


Known issues:

The following known issues exist:

  • At the time of writing (Dexterity 1.0a2) it is not possible to create an Archetypes reference (e.g. the standard “Related items” field on an Archetypes content object, including Plone 3’s default types) to an alias. This is due to an incompatibility between Dexterity and the Archetypes reference implementation.

To do:

  • It’s not possible to edit an Alias. Changes in Plone [1, 2] require a new way to generate the object tabs. The way this issue was addressed in Products.Collage [3] doesn’t work here, because viewlet = provider.__getitem__(“plone.contentviews”) returns a collective.alias.browser.ContentViews object, which doesn’t have the prepareObjectTabs method.


1.3 (2013-11-04)

  • Remove plone.multilingual.interfaces.ITranslatable from Aliases. [jaroel]

1.2.4 (2013-10-22)

  • Use Collection instead of Topic [jaroel]

1.2.3 (2013-09-25)

  • Added Release 1.2 install failing. [thomasdesvenain]
  • Adapt imports to Plone 4.3 compatibility [saily]

1.1 - 2011-09-22

  • The upgrade profile clear and rebuild the zc.relation catalog to fix issues with interfaces that don’t exist anymore. [vincentfretin]
  • Localized package + french translation. [thomasdesvenain]
  • Add ‘paste as alias’ action to folder buttons. [thomasdesvenain]
  • Fixed type icon display. Use icon_expr. [thomasdesvenain]
  • Add uuid to Alias objects and recatalog. This fixes duplicated UID with UUIDIndex on Plone 4. [vincentfretin]
  • grok.CodeView doesn’t exist anymore in recent five.grok, replaced by grok.View. [thomasdesvenain]
  • Fix “AttributeError: ‘Plone’ object has no attribute ‘prepareObjectTabs’” in Plone 4, disabling content views altogether. (Most notably, disabling the option to edit an Alias). [khink]

1.0a1 - 2009-08-02

  • Initial release

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