Is it possible to catch if an action is Publish or UnPublish in the SetPublishStateEventArgs?

I see in this post I can use the PublishOrUnPublishEventArgs.

Here is the code:

public MyEventSystem() 
    EventSystem.Subscribe<RepositoryLocalObject, SetPublishStateEventArgs>(GetPublishInfo, EventPhases.TransactionCommitted);

private void GetPublishInfo(RepositoryLocalObject subject, SetPublishStateEventArgs args, EventPhases phase)

    foreach (var item in args.ProcessedItems)
        string title = subject.Title;
        string publicationTarget = args.Target.Title;

1 Answer 1


I might be missing something in your question, but isn't it as simple as looking at args.IsPublished?

The SetPublishState event is only called after a successful transaction, so the Page will either be published or not after it. Which would result in:

  • args.IsPublished = true - Publish action

  • args.IsPublished = false - UnPublish action

  • But a page can be published (i.e. have a state of "published") after a succesful unpublish. Commented Jan 7, 2015 at 9:48
  • @DominicCronin only for a different target, args.IsPublished belongs to args.Target here, which is not the same as the IsPublished icon on a Page in a list. Commented Jan 7, 2015 at 9:52

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