I have a clean instance of SDL Web 8 with DXA v2.0 and am using the new R2 data model.

I want to expose Target Group Conditions in the JSON generated by the DXA R2 TBBs but I am not having much success.

I have updated the RenderComponentContent and RenderPageContent TBBs to include the AddTargetGroupsModelBuilder model builder as the last item in the modelBuilderTypeNames pipeline although based on the source code I think it should only be needed in the RenderComponentContent TBB.

See: https://github.com/sdl/dxa-content-management/blob/release/2.0/Sdl.Web.Tridion.Templates.R2/Data/TargetGroups/AddTargetGroupsModelBuilder.cs

Despite adding this TBB and checking Target Groups for a given page, I do not see anything in the JSON that represents the serialized data in the output.

Am I missing any obvious steps here? Happy to provide more verbose detail on request.

  • Have you tried debugging a Page in Template Builder with Log Level set to Debug? Do you see the message logged by AddTargetGroupModelBuilder? Jun 27, 2018 at 18:33
  • Hi @RickPannekoek, I did debug in Template Builder and see the following statements: AddTargetGroupsModelBuilder: AddTargetGroupsModelBuilder initialized. DataModelBuilderPipeline: Using Entity Model Builder type 'Sdl.Web.Tridion.Templates.R2.Data.AddTargetGroupsModelBuilder'. AddTargetGroupsModelBuilder: Adding target groups to entity model data. That suggests that the model builder executed but I don't see anything in the generated JSON.
    – John Askew
    Jun 27, 2018 at 18:40
  • Unfortunately, there are quite a few paths where the model builder can silently not do anything after logging that message. You may have to attach a debugger to see what happens exactly. Jun 27, 2018 at 20:24

2 Answers 2


It will only generate tags if you Create a Target Group and then Add Target group with a component presentation on the page.

AddTargetGroupsModelBuilder should be updated in RenderPageContent TBBs

JSON output looks like this:

"ExtensionData": {
            "TargetGroupConditions": {
              "$type": "Condition[]",
              "$values": [
                  "$type": "CustomerCharacteristicCondition",
                  "Name": "member",
                  "Operator": 0,
                  "Value": "10",
                  "Negate": false

To read more about this how to create a target group and associate, have a look at the documentation "Target Groups"

I hope it helps.

  • Hi @Velmurugan, I had created multiple Target Groups and checked them against various component presentations on the page. I can see this reflected in the Page package item but not the JSON in the package Output item.
    – John Askew
    Jun 28, 2018 at 15:39
  • I did use CustomerCharacteristicCondition to test, it works for me, what is the condition did you use to add?
    – Velmurugan
    Jun 28, 2018 at 18:37
  • I was testing with CustomerCharacteristicCondition too. I'm going to have to attach a debugger and build the source locally to properly debug this. I'm confident that my CM setup is correct.
    – John Askew
    Jun 29, 2018 at 18:43

It works!

I don't know what changed. I deleted and re-created the Target Groups, re-published the page, and huzzah - the extension data is present in the json.

Thanks to all those who commented and responded.

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