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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, making 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. Common usage includes:
- Document management systems
- Content platforms
- CMIS-compliant repositories
What's the Difference between Community and Enterprise Editions?
|Robust content repository — A standards compliant repository that supports a wide range of features|
|Productive team collaboration interface — Alfresco Share offers a user friendly interface for managing your content|
|Add-Ons — Ability to download and install additional product extensions (read more)|
|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 the Alfresco in the cloud|
|Clustering — Application scalability through easy to configure clustering|
|Storage Policies — Ability to define multiple content storage policies to meet the content life cycle requirements|
|Enterprise Platform Support — Ability to run Alfresco on top of proprietary enterprise software such as MS SQL Server, Oracle, and WebSphere|
|iOS SDK 1.3|
|Android SDK 1.3|
|Transformation Server — For companies that need page fidelity when viewing content online|
|Work Desk Majority of feature set|
|Work Desk Pre-configured Contract Management plugins|
|Work Desk DB RoleManager|
|Work Desk HistoryManager|
|Work Desk Plugin to "Send as eMail attachment"|
|Alfresco Mobile for iOS 2.0|
|Alfresco Mobile for Android 1.4|
|iOS Appcelerator Module|
|Android Appcelerator Module|
|Recommended for production use|
|Defect escalation and prioritization process|
|Rigorously tested and certified against multiple OS, DB, application servers|
|Support assistance for developers and administrators around installation, configuration and upgrades|
|Certified for high availability|
|24x7 Severity 1 production support and services|
|24x7 support portal|
|Defined support SLA|
|Platform testing and certification process|
|Limited warranty and indemnity|
|Access to product knowledge base|
|Certification training for developers and administrators|
|Certified regional partner support|
|Consulting and professional services available from Alfresco|
There are also Add-ons that might do exactly what you’re looking for. Find one that meets your needs or list your own.
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?
- Support from Alfresco or certified partners
- 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
- Other non-core features; click here for the full list