Restoring Entries from the Recycle Bin

This tutorial covers how to implement restoring entries from the Recycle Bin. If you haven’t yet implemented the framework for using the Recycle Bin in your apps, refer to the tutorial Moving Entries to the Recycle Bin. Once you can move entries to the Recycle Bin, you then want to be able to restore entries from the Recycle Bin. What’s the point of having a Recycle Bin if you can’t restore its entries?

Figure 1: By implementing the Restore functionality, you can move entries out of the Recycle Bin and make them visible again in their original locations.

Figure 1: By implementing the *Restore* functionality, you can move entries out of the Recycle Bin and make them visible again in their original locations.

Recycle Bin entries are just pointers to the real entity. When a user wants to recycle an entity, its visibility is turned off, and a reference to the entity is placed in the Recycle Bin. This is called a trash entry. You can restore rash entries by first making their entities visible again and then removing the trash entry. The entry restoration process is similar to the entry moving process, but in reverse.

Use these steps to restore an entry:

  1. Create a Service Method to Restore Entries from the Recycle Bin
  2. Invoke the Service Method from the Trash Handler

Your first step is to create a service method for restoring the entry.

Step 1: Create a Service Method to Restore Entries from the Recycle Bin

You’ll create a service method that removes the trash entry from the Recycle Bin and makes the asset entry visible again in its original location.

As an example, the restoreSongFromTrash service method from the Jukebox portlet’s SongLocalServiceImpl class restores songs from the Recycle Bin:

@Indexable(type = IndexableType.REINDEX)
public Song restoreSongFromTrash(long userId, long songId)
    throws PortalException, SystemException {

    ServiceContext serviceContext = new ServiceContext();

    // Entry

    User user = userPersistence.findByPrimaryKey(userId);
    Date now = new Date();

    TrashEntry trashEntry = trashEntryLocalService.getEntry(
        Song.class.getName(), songId);

    Song song = songPersistence.findByPrimaryKey(songId);



        Song.class.getName(), song.getSongId(), true);

    trashEntryLocalService.deleteEntry(Song.class.getName(), songId);

    return song;

First, the item’s original name is restored with the help of TrashUtil’s method getOriginalTitle. The entry’s modified date is then set to the current date.


Next, the entry’s status is updated by setting it to the original status from before the entry was trashed. If the entry, for example, was originally a draft (STATUS_DRAFT), it’s restored back to draft status. The status is updated by the following call:


Status by user ID and by user name are updated to indicate the user that restored the trash entry. The status modification date is updated too.


In the following call, the asset entry is made visible in its original location:

assetEntryLocalService.updateVisible(Song.class.getName(), song.getSongId(), true);

Lastly, the trash entry is deleted from the Recycle Bin:

trashEntryLocalService.deleteEntry(Song.class.getName(), songId);

At this point, the entry is restored and no longer resides in the Recycle Bin.

Importantly, after writing your service method, make sure to generate the corresponding service interface and utility methods by running Service Builder.

To finish implementing the entry restoration process, invoke the service method from the entity’s trash handler.

Step 2: Invoke the Service Method from the Trash Handler

Now that your service provides a method for restoring the entry, you must invoke it from the trash handler’s restoreTrashEntry method. The Recycle Bin framework calls this method when a user clicks the trash entry’s Restore button.

The following restoreTrashEntry method implementation is from the Jukebox portlet’s SongTrashHandler class.

public void restoreTrashEntry(long userId, long classPK)
    throws PortalException, SystemException {

    SongLocalServiceUtil.restoreSongFromTrash(userId, classPK);

To restore a song from the Recycle Bin, Jukebox users click the song’s Restore button.

You now know how to provide the means for users to restore your app’s entries from the Recycle Bin!

Recycling Assets with the Recycle Bin

Service Builder and Services

Enabling Search and Indexing

Asset Framework

Asset Enabling Custom Entities

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