Monday, 10 April 2017

Redirect restricted media items with ReturnURL

Sitecore can redirect the user to login page if the requested item is restricted for anonymous users. This can be done in the Site configuration. 


There are two differences in this redirection. For Sitecore item, it will be redirected with returnURL querystring with source url. For Media item, querystring is not added. 

In one of the project, we had to handle the redirection based on the source url for the Sitecore Media items. To achieve this, MediaRequestHandler can be modified and it will return a query parameter with source URL. Please make sure to update the <handler> with the new class and assembly name. 

        /// <summary>
        /// Performs the actual request processing.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="context">
        /// The context.
        /// </param>
        /// <returns>
        /// The do process request.
        /// </returns>
        protected override bool DoProcessRequest(HttpContext context)
            Assert.ArgumentNotNull(context, "context");
            MediaRequest mediaRequest = MediaManager.ParseMediaRequest(context.Request);
            if (mediaRequest == null)
                return false;
            Media media = MediaManager.GetMedia(mediaRequest.MediaUri);
            if (media == null)
                using (new SecurityDisabler())
                    media = MediaManager.GetMedia(mediaRequest.MediaUri);
                string text;
                if (media == null)
                    text = Sitecore.Configuration.Settings.ItemNotFoundUrl;
                    Assert.IsNotNull(Context.Site, "site");
                    text = ((Context.Site.LoginPage != string.Empty) ? Context.Site.LoginPage : Sitecore.Configuration.Settings.NoAccessUrl);

                UrlString urlString = new UrlString(text);
                if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(urlString["returnUrl"]))
                    urlString["returnUrl"] = WebUtil.GetRawUrl();
                WebUtil.Redirect(urlString.ToString(), false);

                return true;
            return this.DoProcessRequest(context, mediaRequest, media);


In the web.config, <handler> tag has to be updated with new class and assembly name. 

      <add verb="*" path="sitecore_media.ashx" type="CustomHandler.MediaRequestHandler, CustomHandler" name="Sitecore.MediaRequestHandler" />

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