Revealing Hidden OAK Properties

Published on by Dan KlcoPicture of Me Dan Klco

Did you know there are properties you see underlying your Apache Sling / Adobe Experience Manager repository? Jackrabbit OAK includes the concept of hidden properties. Hidden properties are prefixed with a colon and are not visible to consuming applications. 

Examples include :nestedCugs and :topCugCnt which are used to store the state of Jackrabbit Closed User Groups.

If you are lucky, you will never have to deal with hidden properties, but if you do, you should know that the Oak Run JAR includes a couple of very helpful utilities for revealing these properties. 

  • Oak Run Console - Interactive CLI console for traversing down through the Jackrabbit Oak repository
  • Oak Run Explore - Java GUI tool for exploring the current state of the Jackrabbit repository

Both of these tools have similar functions but operate quite similarly. In my experience, the console is quicker whereas the GUI is easier to use. 

Getting Oak Run

The first step to getting Oak Run is to find the version required for your Apache Sling / AEM instance. You can find it by checking the version of the Oak Core bundle:

Searching for the OAK Core Bundle

From there, you can download the correct version of the Oak Run jar from Maven:

Using Oak Run Console / Explore

Once you have the Jar downloaded copy it into the installation directory and then run the commands as such:


java -jar oak-run-[version].jar [command] crx-quickstart/repository/segmentstore

Sling CMS / Apache Sling:

java -jar oak-run-[version].jar [command] sling/repository/segmentstore

Running the commands you will get a screen like the following.

Oak Run Explore

Oak Run Explorer
A few nice things you'll notice in the explore GUI:
  • Tree view of the Oak repository
  • ALL nodes and properties including the hidden ones
  • Repository size by node tree

Oak Run Console

Oak Run Console

The console allows you to navigate the Oak repository like a filesystem and has a number of nifty commands. You can find out more by entering :h or :help


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