In SXA we have components like the Rich Text component that have a version with a local datasource and a reusable version that gets a datasource from a global (site) folder.

This all works fine and I can see local data folders being created and text items appearing in the global site data folders under "Texts".

If I understand correctly the only real difference between the two versions of the RichText component is on creation - the local one doesn't ask anything and creates a local data item, the reusable one does ask for a datasource.

So my question is: how can I use this behavior in my custom rendering? What are the steps I need to take to have a local and reusable version of my custom control?

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If you will open for example Sitecore.XA.Feature.PageContent.config you will see there <autoDatasourceRenderings> section.

You can use that section and put there your rendering ID - this will automatically create data source for you.

When local data source will be created, the Data Source field inside of your rendering properties should have something like this: local:/Data/Text 1. And under your page item there should be: enter image description here

UPDATE: In the newer versions of SXA we started to use "Other properties" field in the Experience Accelerator section of the rendering item (it is no longer in the config files):

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  • Looks like this is quite different in newer SXA versions. Jan 7, 2021 at 2:40
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    @MarkGibbons I updated my answer. In newer versions, those settings have been moved to "Other properties" field on the rendering item. Jan 8, 2021 at 13:09

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