List all metadata templates

List all metadata templates

It's likely your enterprise already has a list of metadata templates that you can use right off-the-shelve without having to create your own.

In general, metadata templates are either available to only your enterprise o to every enterprise using Box. The scope of a template defines if a template is available to everyone (global) or only to your enterprise (enterprise).

Learn more about metadata scopes

Listing templates

A few global templates are available to all customers.

cURL
curl -i -X GET "https://api.box.com/2.0/metadata_templates/global" \
     -H "Authorization: Bearer <ACCESS_TOKEN>"
Java
Iterable<MetadataTemplate> templates = MetadataTemplate.getEnterpriseMetadataTemplates('global', api);
for (MetadataTemplate templateInfo : templates) {
    // Do something with the metadata template.
}
Python
templates = client.get_metadata_templates(scope='global)
for template in templates:
    print('Metadata template {0} is in global scope'.format(template.templateKey))
iOS
let iterator = client.metadata.listEnterpriseTemplates(scope: "global")
iterator.next { results in
    switch results {
    case let .success(page):
        for template in page.entries {
            print("Template name: \(template.displayName)")
        }

    case let .failure(error):
        print(error)
    }
}

Many of these templates are for Box's internal use, yet your application can use and apply these. More useful are templates created by applications and admins within your enterprise to hold data specific to your enterprise's needs.

cURL
curl -i -X GET "https://api.box.com/2.0/metadata_templates/enterprise" \
     -H "Authorization: Bearer <ACCESS_TOKEN>"
Java
Iterable<MetadataTemplate> templates = MetadataTemplate.getEnterpriseMetadataTemplates(api);
for (MetadataTemplate templateInfo : templates) {
    // Do something with the metadata template.
}
Python
templates = client.get_metadata_templates()
for template in templates:
    print('Metadata template {0} is in enterprise scope'.format(template.templateKey))
iOS
let iterator = client.metadata.listEnterpriseTemplates(scope: "enterprise")
iterator.next { results in
    switch results {
    case let .success(page):
        for template in page.entries {
            print("Template name: \(template.displayName)")
        }

    case let .failure(error):
        print(error)
    }
}

A metadata template

A metadata template describes a set of key/value pairs that can be assigned to a file or folder.

For example, an customerInfo template might hold data about an customer, having a field for the customer name as well as the customer's industry.

{
  "id": "100ac693-a468-4b37-9535-05984b804dc2",
  "type": "metadata_template",
  "templateKey": "customerInfo",
  "scope": "enterprise_12345",
  "displayName": "Customer Info",
  "hidden": false,
  "copyInstanceOnItemCopy": false,
  "fields": [
    {
      "id": "5c6a5906-003b-4654-9deb-472583fc2930",
      "type": "string",
      "key": "name",
      "displayName": "Name",
      "hidden": false
    },
    {
      "id": "cf3eb5b8-52ef-456c-b175-44354a27e289",
      "type": "enum",
      "key": "industry",
      "displayName": "Industry",
      "options": [
        {"key": "Technology"},
        {"key": "Healthcare"},
        {"key": "Legal"}
      ],
      "hidden": false
    }
  ]
}