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Reveal some not-so-hidden Plone feature for sorting your folders

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Alternative product

This product is mainly deprecated. Think about switching to wildcard.foldercontents, that is part on Plone 5.


There’s a piece of software that make possible sorting items in Plone, and it contains hidden additional features. Normally, when you call a sort action in Plone, you call a URL like this:


… of course, KSS/jQuery stuff in recent Plone versions will hide this feature, but is still available when you disable Javascript.

The Plone UI has no way at the moment for performing actions like this:


But this feature is inside Plone: in this way you will sort a folder automatically, using a field value for comparison (like title, or created).

What this product does

This product adds to Plone some of the features that follow.

Can now sort a folder in reverse order

You can call an URL like this:


and this will sort the folder using reverse criteria.

Add “delta” criteria to the sorting mechanism

You can call:


and this will move the content down by 4 slots instead of the default 1 (this feature is not so useful if you use Plone KSS/jQuery/Javascript sorting).

Add a nice Plone interface for global folder sorting

Your “Action” menu will be populated with a new entry: “Sort folder”. This will present the user a Plone form where he can perform common sorting operations.

Sort my folder form

The last option makes it possible for users to specify a custom attribute that’s not in the list. It is hidden by default and is shown by Javascript as it needs some Javascript to work anyway. If you don’t like this option, just add a CSS rules which hides the choice_custom_field element.

What this product isn’t

This product only reveals features that are already in Plone (inside the orderObjects method). It will not add new sorting behaviour.


Testing for collective.sortmyfolder has been done on:

  • Plone 3.3
  • Plone 4.2
  • Plone 4.3

Note that on Plone 4, reverse sorting on the position does not work. Work is under way to fix this. It needs changes in both collective.sortmyfolder and the core plone.folder package.


Developed with the support of S. Anna Hospital, Ferrara

S. Anna Hospital - logo

S. Anna Hospital supports the PloneGov initiative.


This product was developed by RedTurtle Technology team.

RedTurtle Technology Site


1.0.7 (2014-04-08)

  • Change capitalisation of ID sort field name from Id. [davidjb]
  • Change action to be displayed if a default view is configured for a folder. [davidjb]

1.0.6 (2013-09-05)

  • Add option to sort by id. [maurits]
  • Hide the custom field by default. Show it with Javascript. [maurits]
  • Fix javascript for newer jquery versions in newer Plones, not using the jq alias. [maurits]

1.0.5 (2012-11-13)

  • Fixed manifest for rst files [micecchi]

1.0.4 (2012-11-13)

  • Fixed uninstall step for skin layer [micecchi]

1.0.2 (2011-11-14)

  • Set the icon_expr in actions.xml so we register the action icon in the preferred way in Plone 4. We keep actionicons.xml for backwards compatibility with Plone 3. [maurits]
  • No longer use the plone domain for our action as portal_actions accepts other domains too. This means we no longer need the i18n directory. Added an upgrade step to switch our action to use collective.sortmyfolder as domain. [maurits]
  • Added so .mo files can be included in the release (automatically when using zest.releaser+zest.pocompile). [maurits]
  • Made compatible with Plone 4.1. [maurits]

1.0.1 (2011-04-20)

  • Updated Dutch translations [fvandijk]
  • Corrected english spelling in README.txt [fvandijk]

1.0.0 (2011-04-06)

  • added new dates sorting criteria [keul]
  • added the field for a custom way to sort [keul]
  • do not show the menu entry if you can’t sort the current object [keul]
  • added some javascript for the new custom field. Not enabled js browser will no be able to use the new feature [keul]
  • tested also on Plone 4

0.2.0 (2011-01-07)

  • fixed typo syntax error in english text [markvl]
  • added dutch translation [markvl]

0.1.0 (2010-12-02)

  • initial release

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