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Overview

The Artifact Repository Browser page provides two ways to browse through repositories:

  • Tree browsing: Displays the repository as a tree
  • Simple browsing: Focuses on the currently selected item and displays the level below it in the repository hierarchy as a flat list

Both browsing modes adhere to the security rules defined in the system, and only allow you to perform actions authorized by the system security policies.

To switch between browsing modes, simply select the corresponding link at the top of the Artifact Repository Browser.


Both the Tree and Simple browsing modes have features to help you navigate them and search for repositories:

  • Repository type icon: Each repository is displayed with a distinct icon that represents its type (local, cache, remote and virtual).
  • Search in the browser: You can search for a specific repository in both browsers by clicking on the filter icon.
  • Keyboard navigation: While in the browser, type the name of the repository you are searching for and Artifactory will navigate you to that repository.
  • Filters: Click the filter icon to filter the repositories displayed in the browser to only display the types that interest you. You can also simply type the filter expression while on the browser
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Filters

To apply a filter in either the Tree mode or the Simple mode, click the search icon, or start typing out the filter expression while on the browser.

  • By repository name: To filter by repository name, just type the name you want to filter by
  • By package type: To only display repositories for a particular package type, type pkg:<package type>. For example, typing pkg:docker will filter out any repositories that are not Docker repositories
  • By repository type: To only display particular repository types, type repo:<repository type>. For example, typing repo:local will filter out any repositories that are not local repositories. The options are local, cached, remote and virtual.



Tree Browsing

Tree browsing lets you drill down through the repository hierarchy and display full information about each level. For any repository, folder or artifact selected in the tree, a tabbed panel displays detailed data views and a variety of actions that can be performed on the selected item. The information tabs available are context sensitive and depend on the item selected. For example, if you select an npm package, an npm Info tab displays information specific to npm packages. Similarly for NuGet, RubyGems and any other supported package formats.

Collapse All

Click on the Tree link at the top of the browser to collapse all open nodes in the tree. 

Sorting the Tree Hierarchy

The default order in which repositories appear in the Tree hierarchy is: Distribution, Local, Remote, Virtual.

You can modify this order through the artifactory.treebrowser.sortRepositories.sortByType system property.

For example, to reverse the order, you would set:

artifactory.treebrowser.sortRepositories.sortByType=virtual,remote,local,distribution

If you omit any repository type in the specified sort order, it will be ordered according to the default setting.

Simple Browsing

Simple browsing lets you browse repositories using simple path-driven URLs, which are the same URLs used by build tools such as Maven. It provides lightweight, view-only browsing. 

A unique feature of this browsing mode is that you can also view remote repositories (when enabled for the repository), and virtual repositories to see the true location of each folder and artifact.


List Browsing

List Browsing lets you browse the contents of a repository outside of the Artifactory UI. It provides a highly responsive, read-only view and is similar to a directory listing provided by HTTP servers.

To use List Browsing, click the icon to the right of a repository name in the Artifact Repository Browser (indicated in red in the screenshot below).


Artifact Repository Browser

List Browser

Creating public views with List Browsing

List browsing can be used to provide public views of a repository by mounting it on a well-known path prefix such as list (see example below).

This allows the system administrator to create a virtual host that only exposes Artifactory's List Browsing feature to public users (while maintaining write and other advanced privileges), but limiting access to the intensive UI and REST API features for internal use only.

http://host:port/artifactory/list/repo-path

Remote Browsing

For a Smart Remote Repository, Artifactory lets you navigate the contents of the repository on the remote Artifactory instance even if the artifacts have not been cached locally. 

To enable remote browsing, you need to set the List Remote Folder Items checkbox in the remote repository configuration. Once this is set you can navigate that repository using the Simple or List Browser. 

In the Simple Browser, an item that is not cached is indicated by an icon on its right when you hover over the item. In the List Browser, an item that is not cached is indicated by an arrow.

Simple Browser

Item that is not cached

List Browser

List browser item not cached



Initial responsiveness of remote repositories

Initial remote browsing might be slow, especially when browsing a virtual repository containing multiple remote repositories. However, browsing speeds up since remote content is cached for browsing according to the Retrieval Cache Period defined in the remote repository configuration panel.

Viewing Artifact Information

Displays the Artifact metadata. Regardless of whether you select the item in Tree browsing mode or Simple browsing mode, one or more of the following tabs appear containing the metadata associated with the selected item.

General

Info 
General Information including download statistics such as the total number of downloads, time stamp of last download and the last user who downloaded.
Dependency Declaration

For Maven artifacts, this section provides code snippets for common build tools' dependency declaration.

Virtual Repository Associations
Indicates which virtual repositories "contain" the selected artifact.
Checksums
Displays SHA1, SHA-256 and MD5 checksums automatically.

Effective Permissions

Displays the list of permissions in the context of users, groups or permission targets on the artifact level. For more information, see Permissions.

Properties

Displays the list of properties annotating the selected item.


Followers

Displays the list of users following this item. 

The Followers feature allows you to monitor selected artifacts, folders or repositories for storage events (create/delete/modify) and receive detailed email notifications on repository changes that are of interest to you.
You can add and remove Followers from the 'Followers' tab in the tree browser. Followers or folders intercept changes on all children.  An admin can view and manage followers via the 'Watches' tab in the tree browser.

Follow notifications are aggregated at around 1 minute intervals and sent in a single email message.

All notifications respect the read permissions of the watcher on the followed item(s).


Builds

Displays the list of builds that either produce or use the selected item.


Viewing Xray Data on Artifacts

You can view Xray data on the artifact level. 

Indicates if, and when the last time the selected artifact was scanned by Xray, as well as the Top Severity for any vulnerabilities detected. 

To override download blocking for a specific artifact, click Ignore Violation located on the right far side of the selected violation. For more information, see Analyzing Resource Scan Results.

View a List of Artifacts Containing Vulnerabilities

Use the Security & Compliance search to view a list of artifacts that contain Xray vulnerabilities. For more information, see Searching for Scanned Resources.


Restoring Artifacts from the Trash Can

You can easily recover items that have been inadvertently deleted from local repositories from the trash can.

The trash can can be enabled or disabled in the Trash Can Settings by an administrator. 

When enabled, the trash can is displayed at the bottom of the Artifact Repository Browser and it holds all artifacts or repository paths that have been deleted from local repositories for the period of time specified in the Retention Period field.

Trash can in browser

Right-click on an item in the trash can gives you the option to RefreshRestore it to its original location, or Delete permanently.

Right-click on the trash can icon gives you the option to Refresh the whole trash can, Search Trash for specific items, or Empty Trash which means that all items in the trash can will be permanently deleted.

Click the pin icon to pin the trash can so it remains visible even if you scroll the tree.


WebDAV Browsing

The JFrog Platform fully supports browsing with WebDAV. For full details please refer to Using WebDAV

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