Enforcing Upload Limits with Primefaces 2.2.1

Markus Eisele
A very short tip I came across lately. If you are looking into enforcing some limits to your upload component:
<p:fileUpload fileUploadListener="#{fileUploadController.handleFileUpload}"
description="Allowed Files"/>

you are most likely able to use allowTypes and sizeLimit attributes. But what about enforcing project wide settings without repeating this in any faces template over and over again?
Simple as you might guess: Write your own component. All you have to do is to extend the org.primefaces.component.fileupload.FileUpload component a bit like this:

public class ExcludeListPrimeFileUpload extends FileUpload {
public ExcludeListPrimeFileUpload() {

// allowed file-types
//size limit 30 megabyte = 31 457 280 bytes
setSizeLimit(new Long(31457280));

and register it as a replacement for the org.primefaces.component.FileUpload component-type with your faces-config.xml.

If you use the Browsee Button you now see, that you are only able to select any of the provided file-types:

That was simple and quick. Thanks PrimeFaces ;)

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  1. Isn't that a bit complicated? If there was a "prime-config.xml", you could use EL to wire those settings, instead of hard-coding them :-) The Apache MyFaces Trinidad does that. You are free to use what ever "system" you want. Including MBeans etc.

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