Alfresco – open source Enterprise Content Management software

Alfresco is a Java-based, open source, web enterprise content management system. This software application provides Document Management, Collaboration, Records Management, Knowledge Management, Web Content Management, and Imaging.

There are two version available of this software. The Enterprise Edition is open source with commercial support. There is also a community edition released under the LGPL v3 license, supported by the Alfresco Community via the developer forums. The community edition is intended for non-critical environment with community-driven development.

Alfresco is free and open source software.

Features of Alfresco include:

  • Document Management.
  • Web Content Management (including full webapp & session virtualization).
  • Content authoring.
  • Integrated content tagging and tag-based search.
  • Repository-level versioning (similar to Subversion).
  • Transparent overlays (similar to unionfs).
  • Records Management, including 5015.2 certification. It also allows other standards (such as MoReq2, NOARK, etc.) to be supported.
  • Image Management.
  • Auto-generated XForms with AJAX support.
  • Integrated Publishing.
  • Repository access via CIFS/SMB, FTP, WebDAV, NFS and CMIS.
  • Zero-footprint clients.
  • jBPM workflow.
  • Lucene search.
  • Federated servers.
  • Multi-language support.
  • Portable application packaging.
  • Browser-based GUI (official support for Internet Explorer and Firefox).
  • Smart Folders — >show content based on metadata (not where it is stored). Add metadata just by adding a file to a Smart Folder.
  • Desktop integration with Microsoft Office and
  • Integrated Transformation Services: Office to ODF/PDF, PowerPoint to Flash.
  • Pluggable authentication: NTLM, LDAP, Kerberos, CAS.
  • Multiple Database support: MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle Database (Enterprise Edition), IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server (Enterprise Edition), MariaDB, Amazon RDS – MySQL, and Amazon Aurora.
  • CIFS interface that provides file system compatibility on Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems.
  • Site activity feed.
  • Site calendar.
  • Upload files directly.
  • Standards compliant repository that supports a wide range of features.
  • Productive team collaboration interface – offers a user friendly interface for managing your content.
  • Add-ons —download and install additional community driven extensions.
  • Productivity app integration (including Microsoft Office and Google Docs).
  • Multi-language support.
  • Multi-platform support.

Support: Documentation
Developer: Alfresco Software
License: GNU LGPL v3


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