Can I use this?

This feature is available since Webiny v5.40.0.

What you’ll learn
  • how to customize file actions globally (for all types of files)
  • how to customize file actions for specific types of files


Files in File Manager can have different actions associated with them. These actions are displayed in the file browser (when hovering over a file) and file details panel.

File Actions In File BrowserFile Actions In File Browser
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File Actions In File Details PanelFile Actions In File Details Panel
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On top of the built-in actions, it’s also possible to add custom actions, which can be displayed for all types of files (global actions) or for specific file types.

In this guide, we show how to add custom actions for both scenarios.

Getting Started

To get started, we first scaffold a new Admin extension in the /extensions/customFileActions folder, via the following command:

yarn webiny scaffold extension \
	--type admin \
	--name customFileActions \
	--dependencies @webiny/app-file-manager,@material-design-icons/svg

Once the extension is scaffolded, in order to start developing, we run the followingwebiny watch command:

yarn webiny watch admin --env ENVIRONMENT_NAME

Global File Actions

In the following snippet of code, we show how we can introduce a file action that will be displayed for all types of files.


As we can see, we created two components, GridItemAction and FileDetailsAction, which represent the action in the file browser (grid view) and file details panel, respectively. Once created, we register these components as actions with the FileManagerViewConfig component and its Browser.Grid.Item.Action and FileDetails.Action components.

With this code in place, the Play Video action will be displayed for all types of files, both in the file browser (grid view) and file details panel.

File Browser - Play Video ActionFile Browser - Play Video Action
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File Details Panel - Play Video ActionFile Details Panel - Play Video Action
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File Type Specific File Actions

Besides global actions, we can also introduce actions for specific file types.

To do that, in the GridItemAction and FileDetailsAction components, we use the useFile hook to get the current file and check its type property. If the file type is not video/quicktime, we return null and the action is not displayed.