Sample: Export ribbon definitions

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This sample shows how to export Ribbon definitions. It uses the RetrieveApplicationRibbonRequest and RetrieveEntityRibbonRequest messages.


using System;
using System.ServiceModel;
using System.ServiceModel.Description;

// These namespaces are found in the Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.dll assembly
// located in the SDK\bin folder of the SDK download.
using Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk;
using Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.Query;
using Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.Client;
using Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.Messages;
using Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.Metadata;

using Microsoft.Crm.Sdk.Messages;

//These references are required for this sample
using System.IO;
using System.IO.Packaging;

namespace Microsoft.Crm.Sdk.Samples
 /// <summary>
 /// Demonstrates how to export the RibbonXml definitions.</summary>
 /// <remarks>
 /// The generated XML files will be created in the ExportedRibbonXml folder of this project.</remarks>
 public class ExportRibbonXml
  #region Class Level Members

  private OrganizationServiceProxy _serviceProxy;
  //This array contains all of the system entities that use the ribbon.
  public System.String[] entitiesWithRibbons = {"account",
  //Folder name for exported ribbon xml files.
  public String exportFolder = "ExportedRibbonXml";

  #endregion Class Level Members

  #region How To Sample Code
  /// <summary>
  /// This method first connects to the Organization service. Afterwards,
  /// basic create, retrieve, update, and delete entity operations are performed.
  /// </summary>
  /// <param name="serverConfig">Contains server connection information.</param>
  /// <param name="promptforDelete">When True, the user will be prompted to delete all
  /// created entities.</param>
  public void Run(ServerConnection.Configuration serverConfig, bool promptforDelete)
    // Connect to the Organization service. 
    // The using statement assures that the service proxy will be properly disposed.
    using (_serviceProxy = new OrganizationServiceProxy(serverConfig.OrganizationUri, serverConfig.HomeRealmUri,serverConfig.Credentials, serverConfig.DeviceCredentials))
     // This statement is required to enable early-bound type support.                  
     //Create export folder for ribbon xml files if not already exist.
     if (!Directory.Exists(exportFolder))

     //Retrieve the Appliation Ribbon
     RetrieveApplicationRibbonRequest appribReq = new RetrieveApplicationRibbonRequest();
     RetrieveApplicationRibbonResponse appribResp = (RetrieveApplicationRibbonResponse)_serviceProxy.Execute(appribReq);

     System.String applicationRibbonPath = Path.GetFullPath(exportFolder + "\\applicationRibbon.xml");
     File.WriteAllBytes(applicationRibbonPath, unzipRibbon(appribResp.CompressedApplicationRibbonXml));
     //Write the path where the file has been saved.
     //Retrieve system Entity Ribbons
     RetrieveEntityRibbonRequest entRibReq = new RetrieveEntityRibbonRequest() { RibbonLocationFilter = RibbonLocationFilters.All };

     foreach (System.String entityName in entitiesWithRibbons)
      entRibReq.EntityName = entityName;
      RetrieveEntityRibbonResponse entRibResp = (RetrieveEntityRibbonResponse)_serviceProxy.Execute(entRibReq);

      System.String entityRibbonPath = Path.GetFullPath(exportFolder + "\\" + entityName + "Ribbon.xml");
      File.WriteAllBytes(entityRibbonPath, unzipRibbon(entRibResp.CompressedEntityXml));
      //Write the path where the file has been saved.

     //Check for custom entities
     RetrieveAllEntitiesRequest raer = new RetrieveAllEntitiesRequest() { EntityFilters = EntityFilters.Entity };

     RetrieveAllEntitiesResponse resp = (RetrieveAllEntitiesResponse)_serviceProxy.Execute(raer);

     foreach (EntityMetadata em in resp.EntityMetadata)
      if (em.IsCustomEntity == true && em.IsIntersect == false)
       entRibReq.EntityName = em.LogicalName;
       RetrieveEntityRibbonResponse entRibResp = (RetrieveEntityRibbonResponse)_serviceProxy.Execute(entRibReq);

       System.String entityRibbonPath = Path.GetFullPath(exportFolder + "\\" + em.LogicalName + "Ribbon.xml");
       File.WriteAllBytes(entityRibbonPath, unzipRibbon(entRibResp.CompressedEntityXml));
       //Write the path where the file has been saved.

   // Catch any service fault exceptions that Microsoft Dynamics CRM throws.
   catch (FaultException<Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.OrganizationServiceFault>)
    // You can handle an exception here or pass it back to the calling method.

  /// <summary>
  /// A helper method that decompresses the Ribbon data returned
  /// </summary>
  /// <param name="data">The compressed ribbon data</param>
  /// <returns></returns>
  public byte[] unzipRibbon(byte[] data)
   System.IO.Packaging.ZipPackage package = null;
   MemoryStream memStream = null;

   memStream = new MemoryStream();
   memStream.Write(data, 0, data.Length);
   package = (ZipPackage)ZipPackage.Open(memStream, FileMode.Open);

   ZipPackagePart part = (ZipPackagePart)package.GetPart(new Uri("/RibbonXml.xml", UriKind.Relative));
   using (Stream strm = part.GetStream())
    long len = strm.Length;
    byte[] buff = new byte[len];
    strm.Read(buff, 0, (int)len);
    return buff;

  #endregion How To Sample Code

  #region Main method

  /// <summary>
  /// Standard Main() method used by most SDK samples.
  /// </summary>
  /// <param name="args"></param>
  static public void Main(string[] args)
    // Obtain the target organization's Web address and client logon 
    // credentials from the user.
    ServerConnection serverConnect = new ServerConnection();
    ServerConnection.Configuration config = serverConnect.GetServerConfiguration();

    ExportRibbonXml app = new ExportRibbonXml();
    app.Run(config, true);
   catch (FaultException<Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.OrganizationServiceFault> ex)
    Console.WriteLine("The application terminated with an error.");
    Console.WriteLine("Timestamp: {0}", ex.Detail.Timestamp);
    Console.WriteLine("Code: {0}", ex.Detail.ErrorCode);
    Console.WriteLine("Message: {0}", ex.Detail.Message);
    Console.WriteLine("Plugin Trace: {0}", ex.Detail.TraceText);
    Console.WriteLine("Inner Fault: {0}",
        null == ex.Detail.InnerFault ? "No Inner Fault" : "Has Inner Fault");
   catch (System.TimeoutException ex)
    Console.WriteLine("The application terminated with an error.");
    Console.WriteLine("Message: {0}", ex.Message);
    Console.WriteLine("Stack Trace: {0}", ex.StackTrace);
    Console.WriteLine("Inner Fault: {0}",
        null == ex.InnerException.Message ? "No Inner Fault" : ex.InnerException.Message);
   catch (System.Exception ex)
    Console.WriteLine("The application terminated with an error.");

    // Display the details of the inner exception.
    if (ex.InnerException != null)

     FaultException<Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.OrganizationServiceFault> fe = ex.InnerException
         as FaultException<Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.OrganizationServiceFault>;
     if (fe != null)
      Console.WriteLine("Timestamp: {0}", fe.Detail.Timestamp);
      Console.WriteLine("Code: {0}", fe.Detail.ErrorCode);
      Console.WriteLine("Message: {0}", fe.Detail.Message);
      Console.WriteLine("Plugin Trace: {0}", fe.Detail.TraceText);
      Console.WriteLine("Inner Fault: {0}",
          null == fe.Detail.InnerFault ? "No Inner Fault" : "Has Inner Fault");
   // Additional exceptions to catch: SecurityTokenValidationException, ExpiredSecurityTokenException,
   // SecurityAccessDeniedException, MessageSecurityException, and SecurityNegotiationException.

    Console.WriteLine("Press <Enter> to exit.");
  #endregion Main method

See also

Customize commands and the ribbon
Pass Parameters to a URL By Using the Ribbon
Ribbon core schema Ribbon types schema Ribbon WSS schema RetrieveApplicationRibbonRequest