Support for MIME type mappings is generally a problematic issue. On the one hand applications have to take care to stay up to date with their mappings on the other hands in web applications it is tedious to maintain the mappings. Apache Sling takes a very user and deployment friendly approadch to this problem which is described in detail on this page.
The Servlet API specification provides a limited support for MIME type mappings :
mime-mappingelements of the the web application descriptor
web.xml. Managing these mappings is presumably tedious. So servlet containers may provide reasonable defaults (or not).
ServletContext.getMimeType(String)returns a MIME type for a given file name based on the extension of the filename. The mapping returned is based on the servlet container configuration as well as the web application descriptor's
Already at the start of the Sling project we realized, that just basing the MIME type mapping decisions on the servlet container will not yield acceptable results. For this reason the Apache Sling projects provides a spezialized and configurable service supporting such mappings: The
MimeTypeService provided by the
This service provides access to registered MIME types and their mappings with two methods:
getExtension(String)-- given a MIME type this methods returns a primary extension. For example for the type
text/plainthis method will return
getMimeType(String)-- given a file name or just the extension) returns the mapped MIME type. For example for the filename
sample.html(or just the extension
html) this method will return
Two more methods allow to programmatically add MIME type mappings:
registerMimeType(InputStream)registers additional mappings from the given input stream which is expected to be formated in traditional
mime.typesfile format (see below).
registerMimeType(String, String...)registers a single mapping for the give MIME type and the respective extensions.
For content-based mime type detection (as opposed to filename-based detection), the
org.apache.sling.commons.contentdetection bundle provides the
ContentAwareMimeTypeService, which takes an
InputStream that's analyzed to detect its mime type, using Apache Tika by default:
getMimeType(String filename, InputStream content)-- given a filename and an
InputStreamthat points to the file contents, this method first tries content-based detection using the stream, and falls back to filename-based detection if needed.
MimeTypeService provided by Apache Sling, there is actually more:
getResponseContentType()method, which returns the preferred Content-Type for the response based on the requests extension. This method is implemented by Apache Sling using the
MimeTypeService. So servlets and scripts may just call this method to set the content type of the response to the desired value.
ServletContextinstance whose implementation of the
getMimeType(String)effectively calls the
SlingHttpServletRequest.getResponseContentType()method. At the same time the response character set is also set to
UTF-8for text content types.
The implementation of the
MimeTypeService in the Apache Sling MIME type mapping support (
org.apache.sling.commons.mime) bundle supports a numnber of ways to configure and extend the set of MIME type mappings:
mime.typesfile maintained by Roy Fielding for the Apache httpd project and some extensions by Apache Sling.
META-INF/mime.typeswhich are loaded automatically by the Apache Sling MIME type mapping support bundle.
MimeTypeServiceimplementation as the multi-value string property
mime.types. Each value of the property corresponds to a line in a MIME type configuration file (see below for the format).
MimeTypeProvider. Additional mappings may be provided by service implementing the
MimeTypeServiceimplementation will call these services in turn until a service returns a mapping provided there is no static configuration to responde to the mapping request.
Please note, that existing mappings cannot be overwritten later. Thus mappings have an inherent priority:
META-INF/mime.typesfile in the order of their bundle-id (or startup order if started after the MIME type mapping support bundle)
The file format for MIME type mapping files is rather simple:
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\sregular expression) separated values. The first value is the MIME type name and the remaining values defining mappings to file name extensions. The first listed file name extension is considered the default mapping and is returned by the
MimeTypeService.getExtension(String)method. Entry lines consisting of just a mime type but no extensions are also (currently) ignored.
THe data line format described here also applies to configuration provided by the values of the
mime.types property of the MIME type service configuration. The file format description applies to all
META-INF/mime.types files provided by the bundles as well as input streams supplied to the
The Apache Sling MIME type mapping support bundle implements a plugin for the Apache Felix Web Console which may be consulted to investigate the current contents of the MIME type mapping tables.