Component Information

Component Title Accordion
Description Accordion allows users to toggle panels of related content. Panels of varying component type can be created.
  • Allows addition of accordion items of varying resource type.
  • Allowed components can be configured through policy configuration.
  • Toggle accordion panels from accordion header controls.
  • Ability to force a single panel to be displayed.
  • Items expanded by default are configurable.
  • Item header HTML element is configurable (h2 - h6, h1 is omitted for SEO reasons).
  • Editing features for accordion items (adding, removing, editing, re-ordering).
Location /apps/ehi-core/aem65/components/content/accordion/v1/accordion
sling:resourceSuperType core/wcm/components/accordion/v1/accordion
Supported AEM Versions 6.5
Editing Mode inPlaceEdit
Component Group Cheerios Experience
Use Object The Accordion component uses the com.adobe.cq.wcm.core.components.models.Accordion Sling mode as its Use-object


Client Libraries

The component provides a core.wcm.components.accordion.v1 client library category that contains a recommended base CSS styling and JavaScript component. It should be added to a relevant site client library using the embed property.

It also provides a core.wcm.components.accordion.v1.editor editor client library category that includes JavaScript handling for dialog interaction. It is already included by its edit and policy dialogs.

BEM Description

BLOCK cmp-accordion
ELEMENT cmp-accordion__item
ELEMENT cmp-accordion__header
ELEMENT cmp-accordion__button
          MOD cmp-accordion__button--expanded
ELEMENT cmp-accordion__title
ELEMENT cmp-accordion__icon
ELEMENT cmp-accordion__panel
          MOD cmp-accordion__panel--expanded
          MOD cmp-accordion__panel--hidden

JavaScript Data Attribute Bindings

Apply a data-cmp-is="accordion" attribute to the wrapper block to enable initialization of the JavaScript component..

The following attributes can be added to the same element to provide options:

  1. data-cmp-single-expansion - if the attribute is present, forces a single panel to be expanded at a time.

The following attributes can be added to the accordion item (data-cmp-hook-accordion="item"):

  1. data-cmp-expanded - if the attribute is present, indicates that the item should be initially expanded.

A hook attribute from the following should be added to the corresponding element so that the JavaScript is able to target it:


Enabling Accordion Editing Functionality

The following properties and child nodes are required in the proxy component to enable full editing functionality for the Accordion:

  1. ./cq:isContainer - set to true, marks the Accordion as a container component
  2. ./cq:editConfig - afterchilddelete, afterchildinsert and afterchildmove listeners should be provided via the edit configuration of the proxy. _cq_editConfig.xml contains the recommended actions and can be copied to the proxy component.

The default Accordion site Client Library provides a handler for message requests between the editor and the Accordion. If the built-in Client Library is not used, a message request handler should be registered:

new"cqauthor", window).subscribeRequestMessage("cmp.panelcontainer", function(message) {
if ( && === "cmp-accordion" && === myAccordionHTMLElement.dataset["cmpPanelcontainerId"]) {
if ( === "navigate") {
// handle navigation

The handler should subscribe to a cmp.panelcontainer message that allows routing of a navigate operation to ensure that the UI component is updated when the active item is switched in the editor layer.

Extending the Components

Extending the components can be done in multiple ways depending on the needs of the brand component.


Use this approach if you do not have any required html markup changes or backend java changes. This will only update the title of the component, componentGroup and point to the resourceSuperType. Optionally can extend the description.

  1. Change .content.xml file properties 
  2. sling:resourceSuperType to point to the Cheer.IOs component [required]
  3. jcr:title - new Component title
  4. componentGroup - Brand specific Group [required]
  5. jcr:description - Helpful description



Use this approach if you need to update css classes or add data attributes and do not need to change the backend model, or potentially want to use a different model by retain all of the markup in the component-tmpl.html (Component Template) markup.

  1. Follow steps in Extend the Component - Basic
  2. Extend the file i.e. extend-example-option2.html
  3. Update file with new properties
  4. Update the html file with desired changes



The component template is usually named component-tmpl.html this file contains the html markup. Update this file if you need to change the html structure of the component.

  1. Follow Steps in Extend Component Basic
  2. Extend the file component.html to point to the new component-tmpl.html file
  3. Extend the file i.e. component-tmpl.html
  4. Update file with new markup



Use this approach if you need to change the Sling Model to update the backend logic.

Files that will need to be added when extending:

  1. Follow Steps in Extend Component - Basic
  2. Java Interface - this will implement the model with the new methods (if needed)
  3. Sling Model - this will implement the Java Interface from step 1 and leverage the sling delegation pattern to override the original methods
  4. The component.html file to match the new component name

It is possible to extend more than just the component.html file, if necessary any file that is resourceSupertyped can be extend for example if something needs added to the dialog.

This gives us the flexibility to change our classes or add attributes easily.  Say I want to add new javascript I can easily target a different data attribute to trigger my javascript.

Configuration Properties

Policy Properties

The following configuration properties are used:

  1. ./allowedHeadingElements - the heading elements (h2 - h6, h1 is omitted for SEO reasons) that are allowed to be selected in the edit dialog.
  2. ./headingElement - the default heading element (h2 - h6, h1 is omitted for SEO reasons) to use for the accordion headers.

It is also possible to define the allowed components for the Accordion.

Policy Configuration Visual

Edit Dialog Properties

The following properties are written to JCR for this Accordion component and are expected to be available as Resource properties:

  1. ./singleExpansion - true if one panel should be forced to be expanded at a time, false otherwise.
  2. ./expandedItems - defines the names of the items that are expanded by default.
  3. ./headingElement - defines the heading element to use for the accordion headers (h2 - h6).

The edit dialog also allows editing of Accordion items (adding, removing, naming, re-ordering).

Edit Dialog Visual

Component Configuration Visual - Author

Published Visual Example

Note: Styles may be different. CSS Styles have been added to the Component Library. Therefore, Styling will be necessary to achieve results

Below is the Raw Out of the Box Style of the Accordion.  No Styles apply

RAW Accordion Image Style Out of the Box

Component Demo

  1. jcr:primaryType: nt:unstructured
  2. jcr:createdBy: E524Z2
  3. headingElement: h3
  4. jcr:lastModifiedBy: E141ZP
  5. jcr:created:
  6. jcr:lastModified:
  7. singleExpansion: false
  8. sling:resourceType: ehi-core/aem65/components/content/accordion/v1/accordion