Article summary


Discusses how to create a HTML Template Language (HTL - formerly known as Sightly) component that uses JavaScript within an AEM 6.2 project. 

This article uses an Adobe Maven Archetype 10 project to build an OSGi bundle. If you are not familiar with an Adobe Maven Archetype project, it is recommended that you read the following article: Creating your first AEM 6.2 Project using Adobe Maven Archetype 10.

A special thank you to community Lokesh BS for contributing code used in this AEM Community article. 

A special thank you to community members Ranta Kumar Kotla for testing this Community article to ensure it works.

NoteHTL is the AEM template language that can be used to replace use of JSP when developing an AEM component. HTL helps you to separate your design from your application logic. For more information, see Introduction to the HTML Template Language.

Digital Marketing Solution(s) Adobe Experience Manager (Adobe CQ)
Developer (beginner - intermediate)
Required Skills
JCR nodes, JavaScript, HTML
Tested On Adobe Experience Manager 6.2


You can download an AEM package that contains the code used in this article. Download the package and deploy using package manager. The purpose of this code is to show the community these concepts in action. That is, it's to illustrate how to write an AEM HTL component that uses JavaScript. This community code is for teaching purposes only and not meant to go into production as is.

You can view the sample community application by using the following URL: http://localhost:4502/content/htlTagJS/en.html (assuming you deploy on author).



You can create an Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) HTL component that uses JavaScript. By using JavaScript as part of your HTL component, you can create a more dynamic component that responds to events such as when the user scrolls over text with the mouse. For example, you can change the background color an AEM web page, as shown in the following illustration. 

An AEM HTL component that uses JavaScript

This article walks you through creating an AEM HTL component that uses JavaScript. The HTL component contains a Java class that extends from WCMUsePojo

Setup Maven in your development environment

You can use Maven to build an OSGi bundle that contains a Sling Servlet. Maven manages required JAR files that a Java project needs in its class path. Instead of searching the Internet trying to find and download third-party JAR files to include in your project’s class path, Maven manages these dependencies for you.

You can download Maven 3 from the following URL:

After you download and extract Maven, create an environment variable named M3_HOME. Assign the Maven install location to this environment variable. For example:


Set up a system environment variable to reference Maven. To test whether you properly setup Maven, enter the following Maven command into a command prompt:

%M3_HOME%\bin\mvn -version

This command provides Maven and Java install details and resembles the following message:

Default locale: en_US, platform encoding: Cp1252
OS name: "windows 7", version: "6.1", arch: "amd64", family: "windows"


It is recommended that you use Maven 3.0.3 or greater. For more information about setting up Maven and the Home variable, see: Maven in 5 Minutes.

Next, copy the Maven configuration file named settings.xml from [install location]\apache-maven-3.0.4\conf\ to your user profile. For example, C:\Users\scottm\.m2\.

You have to configure your settings.xml file to use Adobe’s public repository. For information, see Adobe Public Maven Repository at

The following XML code represents a settings.xml file that you can use.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
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regarding copyright ownership.  The ASF licenses this file
to you under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the
"License"); you may not use this file except in compliance
with the License.  You may obtain a copy of the License at
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software distributed under the License is distributed on an
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specific language governing permissions and limitations
under the License.
 | This is the configuration file for Maven. It can be specified at two levels:
 |  1. User Level. This settings.xml file provides configuration for a single user, 
 |                 and is normally provided in ${user.home}/.m2/settings.xml.
 |                 NOTE: This location can be overridden with the CLI option:
 |                 -s /path/to/user/settings.xml
 |  2. Global Level. This settings.xml file provides configuration for all Maven
 |                 users on a machine (assuming they're all using the same Maven
 |                 installation). It's normally provided in 
 |                 ${maven.home}/conf/settings.xml.
 |                 NOTE: This location can be overridden with the CLI option:
 |                 -gs /path/to/global/settings.xml
 | The sections in this sample file are intended to give you a running start at
 | getting the most out of your Maven installation. Where appropriate, the default
 | values (values used when the setting is not specified) are provided.
<settings xmlns=""
  <!-- localRepository
   | The path to the local repository maven will use to store artifacts.
   | Default: ~/.m2/repository
  <!-- interactiveMode
   | This will determine whether maven prompts you when it needs input. If set to false,
   | maven will use a sensible default value, perhaps based on some other setting, for
   | the parameter in question.
   | Default: true
  <!-- offline
   | Determines whether maven should attempt to connect to the network when executing a build.
   | This will have an effect on artifact downloads, artifact deployment, and others.
   | Default: false
  <!-- pluginGroups
   | This is a list of additional group identifiers that will be searched when resolving plugins by their prefix, i.e.
   | when invoking a command line like "mvn prefix:goal". Maven will automatically add the group identifiers
   | "org.apache.maven.plugins" and "org.codehaus.mojo" if these are not already contained in the list.
    <!-- pluginGroup
     | Specifies a further group identifier to use for plugin lookup.
  <!-- proxies
   | This is a list of proxies which can be used on this machine to connect to the network.
   | Unless otherwise specified (by system property or command-line switch), the first proxy
   | specification in this list marked as active will be used.
    <!-- proxy
     | Specification for one proxy, to be used in connecting to the network.
  <!-- servers
   | This is a list of authentication profiles, keyed by the server-id used within the system.
   | Authentication profiles can be used whenever maven must make a connection to a remote server.
    <!-- server
     | Specifies the authentication information to use when connecting to a particular server, identified by
     | a unique name within the system (referred to by the 'id' attribute below).
     | NOTE: You should either specify username/password OR privateKey/passphrase, since these pairings are 
     |       used together.
    <!-- Another sample, using keys to authenticate.
      <passphrase>optional; leave empty if not used.</passphrase>
  <!-- mirrors
   | This is a list of mirrors to be used in downloading artifacts from remote repositories.
   | It works like this: a POM may declare a repository to use in resolving certain artifacts.
   | However, this repository may have problems with heavy traffic at times, so people have mirrored
   | it to several places.
   | That repository definition will have a unique id, so we can create a mirror reference for that
   | repository, to be used as an alternate download site. The mirror site will be the preferred 
   | server for that repository.
    <!-- mirror
     | Specifies a repository mirror site to use instead of a given repository. The repository that
     | this mirror serves has an ID that matches the mirrorOf element of this mirror. IDs are used
     | for inheritance and direct lookup purposes, and must be unique across the set of mirrors.
      <name>Human Readable Name for this Mirror.</name>
  <!-- profiles
   | This is a list of profiles which can be activated in a variety of ways, and which can modify
   | the build process. Profiles provided in the settings.xml are intended to provide local machine-
   | specific paths and repository locations which allow the build to work in the local environment.
   | For example, if you have an integration testing plugin - like cactus - that needs to know where
   | your Tomcat instance is installed, you can provide a variable here such that the variable is 
   | dereferenced during the build process to configure the cactus plugin.
   | As noted above, profiles can be activated in a variety of ways. One way - the activeProfiles
   | section of this document (settings.xml) - will be discussed later. Another way essentially
   | relies on the detection of a system property, either matching a particular value for the property,
   | or merely testing its existence. Profiles can also be activated by JDK version prefix, where a 
   | value of '1.4' might activate a profile when the build is executed on a JDK version of '1.4.2_07'.
   | Finally, the list of active profiles can be specified directly from the command line.
   | NOTE: For profiles defined in the settings.xml, you are restricted to specifying only artifact
   |       repositories, plugin repositories, and free-form properties to be used as configuration
   |       variables for plugins in the POM.
    <!-- profile
     | Specifies a set of introductions to the build process, to be activated using one or more of the
     | mechanisms described above. For inheritance purposes, and to activate profiles via <activatedProfiles/>
     | or the command line, profiles have to have an ID that is unique.
     | An encouraged best practice for profile identification is to use a consistent naming convention
     | for profiles, such as 'env-dev', 'env-test', 'env-production', 'user-jdcasey', 'user-brett', etc.
     | This will make it more intuitive to understand what the set of introduced profiles is attempting
     | to accomplish, particularly when you only have a list of profile id's for debug.
     | This profile example uses the JDK version to trigger activation, and provides a JDK-specific repo.
          <name>Repository for JDK 1.4 builds</name>
     | Here is another profile, activated by the system property 'target-env' with a value of 'dev',
     | which provides a specific path to the Tomcat instance. To use this, your plugin configuration
     | might hypothetically look like:
     | ...
     | <plugin>
     |   <groupId>org.myco.myplugins</groupId>
     |   <artifactId>myplugin</artifactId>
     |   <configuration>
     |     <tomcatLocation>${tomcatPath}</tomcatLocation>
     |   </configuration>
     | </plugin>
     | ...
     | NOTE: If you just wanted to inject this configuration whenever someone set 'target-env' to
     |       anything, you could just leave off the <value/> inside the activation-property.
                    <name>Nexus Proxy Repository</name>
                    <name>Nexus Proxy Repository</name>
  <!-- activeProfiles
   | List of profiles that are active for all builds.


The Adobe repository URL is now made secured. Change to

Create an Experience Manager Maven 10 archetype project

You can create an archetype project by using the Maven archetype plugin. In this example, assume that the working directory is C:\AdobeCQ.

Maven Archetype 10 generated files

The following list describes the Archetype 10 project arguments:

  • groupId - Base Maven groupId
  • artifactId - Base Maven ArtifactId
  • version - the version of your project
  • package - Java Source Package
  • appsFolderName - /apps folder name
  • artifactName - Maven Project Name
  • componentGroupName - AEM component group name
  • contentFolderName - /content folder name
  • cssId - prefix used in generated css
  • packageGroup - Content Package Group name
  • siteName - AEM site name

To create an Experience Manager archetype project, perform these steps:

1. Open the command prompt and go to your working directory (for example, C:\AdobeCQ).

2. Run the following Maven command:

mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeGroupId=com.adobe.granite.archetypes -DarchetypeArtifactId=aem-project-archetype -DarchetypeVersion=10 -DarchetypeRepository=

3. When prompted, specify the following information:

  • groupId - htlTagJS
  • artifactId - htlTagJS62
  • version - 1.0-SNAPSHOT
  • package -
  • appsFolderName - htlTagJS
  • artifactName - htlTagJS
  • componentGroupName - htlTagJS
  • contentFolderName - htlTagJS 
  • cssId - htlTagJS
  • packageGroup - htlTagJS
  • siteName - htlTagJS

4. WHen prompted, specify Y.

5. Once done, you will see a message like:

[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 01:42 min
[INFO] Finished at: 2016-04-25T14:34:19-04:00
[INFO] Final Memory: 16M/463M
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------

6. Change the working directory to htlTagJS62 and then enter the following command.

mvn eclipse:eclipse

After you run this command, you can import the project into Eclipse as discussed in the next section.

Add Java files to the Maven project using Eclipse

To make it easier to work with the Maven generated project, import it into the Eclipse development environment, as shown in the following illustration.

Eclipse Import Dialog

HelloWorldModel class

You do not have to add any Java logic to this project. The only task you need to do is understand the Java logic. The HelloWorldModel is a sample class that uses Sling Models. This class uses Sling Model annotations such as @Model. For information, see Sling Models


import javax.annotation.PostConstruct;
import javax.inject.Inject;
import javax.inject.Named;


public class HelloWorldModel {

    private SlingSettingsService settings;

    @Inject @Named("sling:resourceType") @Default(values="No resourceType")
    protected String resourceType;

    private String message;

    protected void init() {
        message = "\tHello World!\n";
        message += "\tThis is instance: " + settings.getSlingId() + "\n";
        message += "\tResource type is: " + resourceType + "\n";

    public String getMessage() {
        return message;

Modify the Project's POM Files

Add the following POM dependency to the POM file located at C:\AdobeCQ\htlTagJS62.


Add the  following dependency to the POM file located at C:\AdobeCQ\htlTagJS62\core. 


Build the OSGi bundle using Maven

To build the OSGi bundle by using Maven, perform these steps:

  1. Open the command prompt and go to the C:\AdobeCQ\htlTagJS62.
  2. Run the following maven command: mvn -PautoInstallPackage install.
  3. The OSGi component can be found in the following folder: C:\AdobeCQ\htlTagJS62.core\target. The file name of the OSGi component is htlTagJS62.core-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar.

The command -PautoInstallPackage automatically deploys the OSGi bundle to AEM.

Add a ClientLib under the helloworld component

In order to get JavaScript to work with a HTL component, you need to create a ClientLibs folder. Add a cq:ClientLibraryFolder node to the Helloworld component located at:



Clientlibs folder

In this folder, add the following two files:

  • js.txt - references the script.js file
  • script.js - contains JavaScript logic that you want to use as part of your HTL component

The following code represents the script.js file

window.onload = function() {

 var div = document.getElementById( 'helloworld' );

div.onmouseover = function() { = 'green';
  var h2s = this.getElementsByTagName( 'h2' );
  h2s[0].style.backgroundColor = 'Aqua ';
div.onmouseout = function() { = 'transparent';
  var h2s = this.getElementsByTagName( 'h2' );
  h2s[0].style.backgroundColor = 'transparent';


Assign the value htl62 to the categories property of the clientlibs node.


All this JavaScript does is to define two Java functions that are fired when the user moves the mouse over a div element named HelloWorld. 

Modify the HelloWorld HTML file

Modify the /apps/htlTagJS/components/content/helloworld/helloworld.html file. Replace the code with the following code. 

<sly data-sly-use.clientLib="/libs/granite/sightly/templates/clientlib.html" data-sly-call="${clientLib.js @ categories='htl62'}" data-sly-unwrap/>
<p data-sly-test="${properties.text}">Text property: ${properties.text}</p>

<pre data-sly-use.hello="">

<div id="helloworld">
<h2>HelloWorldModel says: </h2> </div>

There are a few items to note in this code example. First, notice how the ClientLibs is referenced in a HTL component: 

<sly data-sly-use.clientLib="/libs/granite/sightly/templates/clientlib.html" data-sly-call="${clientLib.js @ categories='htl62'}" data-sly-unwrap/>

Notice that it references htl62, the value of the categories property.

Notice the line of code: 


This is how you create an instance of a Java class in HTL. In this example, the object name is hello

The code hello.message is actually invoking the getMessage method in the HelloWorldModel class (in HTL, the get part of the Java method name is omitted).

Finally notice the div element named helloworld. This is the div that is manipulated by the JavaScript code. The background color changes as the mouse is rolled over the text. 

View an AEM web page that displays the results of the JavaScript

The final task is to view the example page that displays the results of the JavaScript in the AEM Clientlib. Enter the following URL into a web browser: 


The following page appears. Move the mouse over the Text HelloWorldModel says. The result is shown in the following illustration.  

JavaScript results in a HTL component

See also

Congratulations, you have just created an AEM 6.2 sample application that uses JavaScript within a HTL component. Please refer to the AEM community page for other articles that discuss how to build AEM services/applications.

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