Set metadata properties

Update or add metadata properties satisfying a predicate

The setProperties method used in this code sample actually combines two operations: add and update. If an existing property satisfies the specified predicate its value is updated. If there is a known property missing in a metadata package that satisfies the predicate it is added to the appropriate package.

The code snippet below demonstrates a basic usage scenario of the setProperties method.

  1. Open a file to update
  2. Specify a predicate that will be used to add/update metadata properties
  3. Specify a value you would like to add to existing metadata packages in the file
  4. Check the actual number of added/updated properties
  5. Save the changes


// Constants.InputVsdx is an absolute or relative path to your document. Ex: @"C:\Docs\source.vsdx"
try (Metadata metadata = new Metadata(Constants.InputVsdx)) {
	// Set the value of each property that satisfies the predicate:
	// property contains the date/time the document was created OR modified
	int affected = metadata.setProperties(
			new ContainsTagSpecification(Tags.getTime().getCreated()).or(new ContainsTagSpecification(Tags.getTime().getModified())),
			new PropertyValue(new Date()));
	System.out.println(String.format("Properties set: %s", affected));;

As a result, we update all existing metadata properties containing the date the document was created/updated. If a metadata package doesn’t contain such properties but they are meant to be in its structure they are added.

For more information on supported features of the GroupDocs.Metadata search engine please refer to the following articles:

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Advanced usage topics

To learn more about library features and get familiar how to manage metadata and more, please refer to theadvanced usage section.

GitHub examples

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