Someone asked a question to me that "what is Virtual folder in Tridion and what is use of this".

i got something below text in SDLlivecontent

A Virtual Folder is an item that can contain different types of content items located in different locations in Content Manager


In the TOM.NET and Core Service APIs, Virtual Folders are a class of item. To the end user, Virtual Folders present themselves in two different ways: Search Folders Search Folder represent a search query performed on Content Manager. The contents of a Search Folder are dynamically determined whenever a user examines its contents. Bundles A Bundle is a collection of content items for the purpose of collective processing, including applying a Workflow Process to the items collectively.

Is it something which can be created in CME similar to Folders ? if yes , How it is different with Folder in SDL tridion.


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VirtualFolder is not a folder in itself, in a sense that it doesn't contain any items, but rather links to items that are stored in other places. Let's consider SearchFolder and Bundle separately.

  • SearchFolder is search result, it shows you items that match your criteria, but are stored in different places. You can create SearchFolder by clicking new VirtualFolder in CME, or searching for something and saving results

  • Bundle is simply a virtual container. You add links to items, but not the items itself. You can create it in CME (introduced in Tridion 2013)

Virtual folders is a convenient way of grouping items, for example you may want to see all items, modified in the last few days (SearchFolder), or want to group items for you upcoming campaign (Bundle)

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    thanks for answering, i am trying to create a virtual folder and getting the error "Invalid Search Location was provided Source tab validation error: the search location (SearchIn XML node) must be an organizational item inside the current Publication.". Could you please brief me about the issue
    – user584
    Aug 28, 2013 at 8:46
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    Switch to advanced search and save result. Check configuration tab of virtual folder, you will see your query and "searchIn". You problem is that you didn't set searchIn in the configuration tab: <SearchIn xlink:href="tcm:2-3-2" Recursive="true" xmlns:xlink="w3.org/1999/xlink"></SearchIn> Aug 28, 2013 at 9:27
  • Hi , i am not able to save the search."Save Search ..." button is disable.Is this something permission issue.Even i do'nt think so. Where am i wrong Could u please help me
    – user584
    Aug 28, 2013 at 13:17
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    If your SearchIn is already a publication or a folder/structure group and the button is disabled, try selecting All Publication and back to your organizational item.
    – Likhan
    Aug 28, 2013 at 15:21
  • Not being able to save a search should probably be a separate question, but the main reasons users can't save a search are either: 1) authorization -- you need search folder rights and write permissions to the folder where you want to save or 2) searching the entire BluePrint or a publication won't let you save the search. You need to first search in a folder or SG before saving a virtual folder. Oct 16, 2013 at 20:16

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