This article covers a Bloomreach Experience Manager version 13. There's an updated version available that covers our most recent release.

Robots.txt Plugin Configuration


The Robots.txt plugin can be added to your project using the Essentials setup application.



  1. Using the Essentials setup application, add Robots.txt to your project.
  2. Rebuild and restart your project. On startup some additional steps to set up the plugin are performed by the setup application and it will indicate a second rebuild is required.
  3. Rebuild and restart your project one more time.
  4. Point your web browser to http://localhost:8080/site/robots.txt to see the robots.txt
See  Plugin Installation for more information on the two required rebuilds.


The robots.txt file is configured through a special document in the CMS.

  1. Select the Content Perspective.
  2. Browse to the administration folder.
  3. Edit and publish the robots document.

Multiple Sections are supported, each section representing a User-agent: line followed by zero or more Disallow: lines.

The shown configuration has the effect that for the User-agent called Googlebot, all URLs under []/abc and []/def are disallowed. In addition, for all User-agents, all URLs under []/skip/this/url are disallowed.

On top of this, the robots.txt plugin automatically adds all faceted navigation URLs as disallowed. This behavior can only be overridden on the CMS Console, by adding the Boolean property robotstxt:disallowfacnav with value false to the Robots.txt configuration document.

Default Delivery Tier Configuration

The setup application adds all the required delivery tier configuration. This configuration will work for typical projects. If needed, theconfiguration can be adapted to the requirements of your project.

A component configuration and a Freemarker template are added to the hst:default configuration:

  jcr:primaryType: hst:component
  hst:componentclassname: org.onehippo.forge.robotstxt.components.RobotstxtComponent
  hst:template: robotstxt.ftl
  jcr:primaryType: hst:template
  hst:script: (freemarker template source code)

A sitemap item (i.e. URL) is added to your project's configuration (e.g. myproject):

  jcr:primaryType: hst:sitemapitem
  hst:componentconfigurationid: hst:pages/robotstxt
  hst:relativecontentpath: ../administration/robots

Configure Robots.txt Per Mount

This feature is available since version 13.4.3.

It's possible to use a different robots.txt per mount by setting the robotstxt:path property to the path to the robots.txt document relative to the mount's content root. For example:

  jcr:primaryType: hst:mount
  hst:homepage: root
  hst:mountpoint: /hst:myproject/hst:sites/myproject
  robotstxt:path: ../administration/robots-noindex


The screen shot below shows sample output for the Hippo demo website, which has quite a few faceted navigation links. Note how they show up after the section-specific paths for all sections.

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