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Alfresco Community Edition is the open source alternative for Enterprise Content Management. Distributed under the LGPLv3 license, it is free to download and use forever, but is not supported which makes it best suited for developers and technical enthusiasts in non-business critical environments.
What can it do?
Alfresco Community Edition allows organizations to manage any type of content from simple office documents to scanned images, photographs, engineering drawings and large video files. It is commonly used as a:
- Document management system
- Content platform
- CMIS-compliant repository
There are also Add-ons that might do exactly what you’re looking for. Find one that meets your needs or list your own.
Want to know the difference between Community and Enterprise?
|Add-Ons — Ability to download and install additional product extensions (see http://addons.alfresco.com/)|
|Administration — Integrated administration console is used to configure and restart Alfresco sub-systems|
|Hybrid Cloud — Synchronization of content and processes between Alfresco on-premises and Alfresco in the cloud|
|Clustering — Application scalability through easy-to-configure clustering|
|Support — Support for developers and administrators for installation, configuration, and upgrades; Hot Fix and Service Pack program; Defect escalation and prioritization process|
|Storage Policies — Ability to define multiple content storage policies to meet the content life cycle requirements|
|Transformation Server — For companies that need page fidelity when viewing content online|
|Integrations — Integrations with other line of business applications, for example Salesforce|
|Enterprise Platform Support — Ability to run Alfresco on top of proprietary enterprise software such as MS SQL Server, Oracle, and WebSphere|
|Mobile Device Management — Mobile content encryption, Alfresco mobile distribution policies, Alfresco for Good Mobile Device Management|
|Comprehensive QA Process — Rigorously tested and certified against multiple OS, DB, and application server stacks|
What are the system requirements?
Alfresco Community Edition is deployed as a Java web application. It will run on a variety of operating systems, application servers, and databases, but the most common stack is:
- 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux (Ubuntu and SUSE are also commonly used)
- JDK 7
- Apache Tomcat
- MySQL or PostgreSQL
How is it maintained?
Alfresco Community Edition is developed and maintained by Alfresco Software with the help of an active community.
- The Alfresco community provides bug reports, fixes, features and functionality
- The Alfresco engineering team performs limited QA on a single open source stack
- The Alfresco engineering team releases nightly builds, offering the latest functionality, as well as more stable, periodic named releases
- Older versions of Alfresco Community are not regularly patched. It is expected that people will upgrade to the latest version to get fixes and new features
Is it supported?
Alfresco and its certified partners do not offer support for Alfresco Community Edition, but there is an active community of open source developers who collaborate with each other via forums, mailing lists, and online chats.
- Alfresco Forums
- Alfresco Wiki
- Alfresco Technical Discussion on Google Groups
- Alfresco chat on freenode IRC
Join us! Participate in the Alfresco community.
What’s not included?
- Alfresco or certified partner support
- Bug fixes/patches, indemnity or warranty
- Clustering/high-availability certification
- Cloud sync, hybrid workflow
- Support for proprietary databases and integrations with proprietary software
- Restart-free configuration and administration
- And other non-core features, see the wiki for the full list