Update a metadata template

Update a metadata template

Let's look at how we can update an existing metadata template.

Updates to metadata templates are performed through operations rather than directly changing the template itself. This method allows you to update any existing metadata instances that are already applied to files and folders.

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In this case, let's assume that we realized that having a Name field is a bit ambiguous, and so we to change the Name field of the customerInfo template to Company Name instead. By using the editField operation we can change the displayName and the key of the field on the template and on every instance of the template that might be applied to a file or folder.

curl -X PUT https://api.box.com/2.0/metadata_templates/enterprise/blueprintTemplate/schema \
    -H "authorization: Bearer <ACCESS_TOKEN>" \
    -H "content-type: application/json" \
    -d '[
        "op": "editField",
        "fieldKey": "name",
        "data": {
          "key": "company_name",
          "displayName": "Company Name"
var updates = new List<BoxMetadataTemplateUpdate>()
  new BoxMetadataTemplateUpdate()
      Op = MetadataTemplateUpdateOp.editField,
      FieldKey = "name",
      Data = new {
          key = "company_name",
          displayName = "Company Name"
BoxMetadataTemplate updatedTemplate = await client.MetadataManager
    .UpdateMetadataTemplate(updates, "enterprise", "customerData");
List<MetadataTemplate.FieldOperation> updates = new ArrayList<MetadataTemplate.FieldOperation>();

String editField = "{\"op\":\"editField\",\"fieldKey\":\"name\",\"data\":{\"key\":\"company_name\",\"displayName\":\"Company Name\"}}";
updates.add(new MetadataTemplate.FieldOperation(editField));

MetadataTemplate.updateMetadataTemplate(api, "enterprise", "customerData", updates);
template = client.metadata_template('enterprise', 'customerData')
updates = template.start_update()
updates.edit_field('name', key='company_name', display_name="Company Name")
var operations = [
        op: 'editField',
        fieldKey: 'name',
        data: {
            key: 'company_name',
            displayName: "Company Name"

).then(template => {

The API will return the updated metadata template.

  "id": "100ac693-a468-4b37-9535-05984b804dc2",
  "type": "metadata_template",
  "templateKey": "customerInfo",
  "scope": "enterprise_34567",
  "displayName": "Customer Info",
  "hidden": false,
  "copyInstanceOnItemCopy": false,
  "fields": [
      "id": "5c6a5906-003b-4654-9deb-472583fc2930",
      "type": "string",
      "key": "company_name",
      "displayName": "Company Name",
      "hidden": false
      "id": "cf3eb5b8-52ef-456c-b175-44354a27e289",
      "type": "enum",
      "key": "industry",
      "displayName": "Industry",
      "options": [
        {"key": "Technology"},
        {"key": "Healthcare"},
        {"key": "Legal"}
      "hidden": false
      "id": "5c6a5906-4654-9deb-003b-472583fc2930",
      "type": "float",
      "key": "tav",
      "displayName": "Total account value",
      "hidden": false

Updating the template through operations has the benefit that any instance of the template is automatically updated as well. In this case, the instance we created in previous steps would now look something like this.

  "company_name": "Box",
  "industry": "Technology",
  "tav": 1000000,
  "$id": "01234500-12f1-1234-aa12-b1d234cb567e",
  "$parent": "folder_12345,",
  "$scope": "enterprise_34567",
  "$template": "customerInfo",
  "$type": "customerInfo-6bcba49f-ca6d-4d2a-a758-57fe6edf44d0",
  "$typeVersion": 2,
  "$version": 1,
  "$canEdit": true