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Download assets from Adobe Experience Manager

You can download assets including static and dynamic renditions. Alternatively, you can send emails with links to assets directly from Adobe Experience Manager Assets. Downloaded assets are bundled in a ZIP file. The compressed ZIP file has a maximum file size of 1 GB for the export job. A maximum of 500 total assets per export job are allowed.
Recipients of emails must be members of the dam-users group to access the ZIP download link in the email message. To be able to download the assets, the members must have permissions to launch workflows that trigger downloading of assets.
To download assets, navigate to an asset, select the asset, and click Download from the toolbar. In the resulting dialog, specify your download options.
The asset types Image Sets, Spin Sets, Mixed Media Sets, and Carousel Sets cannot be downloaded.
Figure: Available options when downloading assets from Experience Manager Assets.
The following are the available export or download options. Dynamic renditions are unique to Dynamic Media offering. The option lets you generate new renditions in real time, in addition to the asset you selected. The option is only available if you have Dynamic Media enabled.
Export or download options
Select the option to download the asset in its original form without any renditions.
A rendition is the binary representation of an asset. Assets have a primary representation - that of the uploaded file. They can have any number of representations.
With this option, you can select the renditions you want downloaded. The renditions available depend on the asset you select.
Dynamic Renditions
A dynamic rendition generates other renditions in real time. When you select this option, you also select the renditions you want to create dynamically by selecting from the Image Preset list.
In addition, you can select the size and unit of measurement, format, color space, resolution, and any image modifiers (for example to invert the image)
An email notification is sent to the user. Standard emails templates are available at the following locations:
  • /libs/settings/dam/workflow/notification/email/downloadasset .
  • /libs/settings/dam/workflow/notification/email/transientworkflowcompleted .
Templates that you customize during deployment should be present at these locations:
  • /apps/settings/dam/workflow/notification/email/downloadasset .
  • /apps/settings/dam/workflow/notification/email/transientworkflowcompleted .
You can store tenant-specific custom templates at these locations:
  • /conf/<tenant_specific_config_root>/settings/dam/workflow/notification/email/downloadasset .
  • /conf/<tenant_specific_config_root>/settings/dam/workflow/notification/email/transientworkflowcompleted .
Create separate folder for each asset
Select the option to preserve the folder hierarchy when downloading assets. By default, the folder hierarchy is ignored and all assets are downloaded in one folder in your local file system.
The renditions option is available if the asset has any renditions. The subassets option is available if the original asset has subassets.
When you select a folder to download, the complete asset hierarchy under the folder is downloaded. To include each asset you download (including assets in child folders nested under the parent folder) in an individual folder, select Create separate folder for each asset .

Enable asset download servlet

The default servlet in Experience Manager allows authenticated users to issue arbitrarily large, concurrent download requests for creating ZIP files of assets visible to them that can overload the server and the network. To mitigate potential DoS risks caused by this feature, AssetDownloadServlet OSGi component is disabled by default for publish instances.
To allow downloading assets from your DAM, say when using something like Asset Share Commons or other portal-like implementation, manually enable the servlet via an OSGi configuration. Adobe recommends setting the permissible download size as low as possible without affecting the day-to-day download requirements. A high value may impact performance.
  1. Create a folder with a naming convention that targets the publish runmode ( config.publish ): /apps/<your-app-name>/config.publish . To define configuration properties for a run mode, see Run Modes .
  2. In the configuration folder, create a file of type nt:file named .
  3. Populate with the following. Sets a maximum size (in bytes) for the download as value of . The below sample configures the maximum size of the ZIP download to not exceed 100 kB.

Disable asset download servlet

The Asset Download Servlet can be disabled on an Experience Manager Publish instances by updating the dispatcher configuration to block any asset download requests. The servlet can also be manually disabled via the OSGi console directly.
  1. To block asset download requests via a dispatcher configuration, edit the dispatcher.any configuration and add a rule to the filter section . /0100 { /type "deny" /url "**" }
  2. Disable the OSGi component on a Publish instance by navigating to the OSGi Console at http://[aem_server]:[port]/system/console/components . Locate and click Disable .