Create metadata instance on folder

post
https://api.box.com/2.0
/folders/:folder_id/metadata/:scope/:template_key/

Applies an instance of a metadata template to a folder.

In most cases only values that are present in the metadata template will be accepted, except for the global.properties template which accepts any key-value pair.

To display the metadata template in the Box web app the enterprise needs to be configured to enable Cascading Folder Level Metadata for the user in the admin console.

Request

Bearer [ACCESS_TOKEN]
application/json

Path Parameters

stringin pathrequired
12345

The unique identifier that represent a folder.

The ID for any folder can be determined by visiting this folder in the web application and copying the ID from the URL. For example, for the URL https://*.app.box.com/folder/123 the folder_id is 123.

The root folder of a Box account is always represented by the ID 0.

stringin pathrequired
global

The scope of the metadata template

Value is one of global,enterprise

stringin pathrequired
properties

The name of the metadata template

Request Body

stringin bodyoptional
Aaron Levie

A value for each of the fields that are present on the metadata template.

For the global.properties template this can be an a list of zero or more fields, as this template allows for any generic key-value pairs to be stored on the template.

Response

Returns the instance of the template that was applied to the folder, including the data that was applied to the template.

application/jsonClient error

Returns an error when the request body is not valid.

  • schema_validation_failed - The request body contains a value for a for a field that either does not exist, or for which the value or type does not match the expected field type. An example might be an unknown option for an enum or multiSelect field.
application/jsonClient error

Returns an error when the folder or metadata template could not be found.

  • not_found - The folder could not be found, or the user does not have access to the folder.
  • instance_tuple_not_found - The metadata template could not be found.
application/jsonClient error

Returns an error when an instance of this metadata template is already present on the folder.

  • tuple_already_exists - An instance of them metadata template already exists on the file.
application/jsonClient error

An unexpected client error.

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Create metadata instance on folder
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Request Example

cURL
curl -i -X POST "https://api.box.com/2.0/folders/4353455/metadata/enterprise_27335/blueprintTemplate" \
     -H "Authorization: Bearer <ACCESS_TOKEN>" \
     -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
     -d '{
       "audience: "internal",
       "documentType": "Q1 plans",
       "competitiveDocument": "no",
       "status": "active",
       "author": "Jones",
       "currentState": "proposal"
     }'
.NET
var metadataValues = new Dictionary<string, object>()
{
    { "audience", "internal" },
    { "documentType", "Q1 plans" },
    { "competitiveDocument", "no" },
    { "status", "active" },
    { "author": "M. Jones" },
    { "currentState": "proposal" }
};
Dictionary<string, object> metadata = await client.MetadataManager
    .CreateFolderMetadataAsync(folderId: "11111", metadataValues, "enterprise", "marketingCollateral");
Java
BoxFolder folder = new BoxFolder(api, "id");
folder.createMetadata(new Metadata().add("/foo", "bar"));
Python
metadata = {
    'foo': 'bar',
    'baz': 'quux',
}

applied_metadata = client.folder(folder_id='22222').metadata().create(metadata)
print('Applied metadata in instance ID {0}'.format(applied_metadata['$id']))
Node
var metadataValues = {
	audience: "internal",
	documentType: "Q1 plans",
	competitiveDocument: "no",
	status: "active",
	author: "Jones",
	currentState: "proposal"
};
client.folders.addMetadata('11111', client.metadata.scopes.ENTERPRISE, "marketingCollateral", metadataValues)
	.then(metadata => {
		/* metadata -> {
			audience: 'internal',
			documentType: 'Q1 plans',
			competitiveDocument: 'no',
			status: 'active',
			author: 'Jones',
			currentState: 'proposal',
			'$type': 'marketingCollateral-d086c908-2498-4d3e-8a1f-01e82bfc2abe',
			'$parent': 'folder_11111',
			'$id': '2094c584-68e1-475c-a581-534a4609594e',
			'$version': 0,
			'$typeVersion': 0,
			'$template': 'marketingCollateral',
			'$scope': 'enterprise_12345' }
		*/
	});
iOS
let metadata = [
    "name": "John Doe",
    "birthday": "2000-01-01T00:00:00Z",
    "department": "Sales"
]
client.metadata.create(
    forFolderWithId: "22222",
    scope: "enterprise",
    templateKey: "personnelRecord",
    keys: metadata
) { (result: Result<MetadataObject, BoxSDKError>) in
    guard case let .success(metadata) = result {
        print("Error adding metadata")
        return
    }

    print("Successfully attached metadata")
}

Response Example

{
  "$parent": "folder_59449484661,",
  "$scope": "enterprise_27335",
  "$template": "marketingCollateral",
  "$version": 1
}