Serialization allows you to serialize an entire Sitecore database or a series of items in a database to text files. You can then use these text files to transfer this database or series of items to another database or Sitecore solution. Sitecore serialization is typically used in combination with a source control system to make it easy for developers to synchronize database changes between their local databases that they use for development — with the added benefit that the source control system will keep track of database changes and allow you to compare database changes.
This document describes all the actions that you can perform with Sitecore serialization.
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Table of Contents
Serialization Access Points
Enabling the Developer Tab
Serializing an Item or a Tree of Items
Storing Text Files
Serializing Security Entities
Updating an Item, a Tree of Items or a Database
Updating Items or Database
Reverting an Item, a Tree of Items, or a Database
Serializing Items Using Event Handlers
Using the Service Page to Serialize, Update, and Revert a Database
Managing a Database
Serializing a Preconfigured Set of Items
Updating a Tree of Items
Using Sitecore Serialization with a Source Control System
Convenience of SVN Usage
Integration with SVN