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Umbraco - Using the new umb:document/guid/Udi

Hey Peeps,

So today I came across this new Umbraco umb:document/guid/Udi referencing. It seems something has changed very recently and now when querying content pickers and multi node tree pickers it doesn't return the Id any more. Some people are saying this has been introduced since version 7.6. I am not 100% on this fact though.

Previously when looked up the selected item/s in the back-end umbraco's api returned an Id which we could easily use in whatever we were doing with it. Now it seems that it returns a Udi which is basically the document guid with some other bits. It will look something like this.

Content Picker

The return value will be something like.


Multi Node Tree Picker

The return value will be something like.


So the question is what do we do with this values and how do we get the content items from the strange looking string?

I will save you the trouble! Here are two methods I use for getting this data. You have a choice of simply passing the string in or passing in the UDI

public static IPublishedContent GetPublishedContentByUdi(string udi)
     var umbracoHelper = new UmbracoHelper(UmbracoContext.Current);
     return umbracoHelper.TypedContent(udi);

public static IPublishedContent GetPublishedContentByUdi(Udi udi)
     var umbracoHelper = new UmbracoHelper(UmbracoContext.Current);
     return umbracoHelper.TypedContent(udi);

If you do pass in the Udi here is a handy bit of code you might find useful.

Udi udi = Udi.Parse("umb://document/d4741f7f7acc4791a4dcb46f89b9f0b8");

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David Armitage

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