Repository Objects

A description of object types that can exist in the repository.

A repository is a collection of all the information managed by an Astoria server that is available to a set of users.
Note: An Astoria server may be configured to support multiple repositories, but this is generally not required or advised.

We use the term objects to refer to the cabinets, folders, files, and other items that exist in the repository and are visible in the Workbench. The Navigation View provides a hierarchical display of objects and allows you to open them for editing. Other Workbench views may display and handle these objects differently.

These are the basic object types that can exist in the repository.


Cabinets are used for identifying storage allocation areas on the Astoria server, and contain folders and files. Cabinets are comparable to disk partitions (for example, C:) in a file system. When you create a cabinet, you specify a location for it in the file system.


Folders are contained in cabinets or other folders. They can contain structured documents, files, and other folders as well as other objects. A folder is comparable to a directory in a file system.

Structured Documents and Files

Structured files and other files reside in folders. A structured document contains markup such as XML (including DITA) or SGML. A file holds other types of content such as a PDF, spreadsheet, or a graphic. These objects are comparable to files as you see them in a file system.

Other Objects

Other objects which have no file system analogy also exist in the repository. For example, a document element is a discrete object in the repository and is visible in the Workbench.