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Determine latest version of Web Content in Liferay

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Most of the time when using Liferay’s Web Content (i.e. JournalArticle) you will want to determine the latest version to be displayed to your users. The following code snippet shows a simple solution to do so:

List<JournalArticle> articles = JournalArticleLocalServiceUtil.getStructureArticles(GROUPID, STRUCTUREID);
ListIterator<JournalArticle> it = articles.listIterator();
List<String> checkedArticleIds = new ArrayList<String>();

while (it.hasNext()) {
  JournalArticle article =;

  if (checkedArticleIds.contains(article.getArticleId())) {
    continue; // previous article version already checked

  JournalArticle articleLastVersion = JournalArticleLocalServiceUtil.getLatestArticle(GROUPID, article.getArticleId());


  System.out.println("Added articleId " + article.getArticleId() + " with version " + article.getVersion());