Alfresco (software)

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Alfresco Software Inc.
Developer(s) Alfresco Software, Inc.
Stable release Enterprise Edition 3.2 / January 12, 2010; 129227378 ago
Preview release Community Edition 3.2r2 / November 23, 2009; 133547378 ago
Written in Java, JSP and JavaScript
Operating system Cross-platform
Type ECM
License Enterprise Edition is commercial / proprietary, Community Edition is GPL 2 with linking exception[1]

Alfresco is an enterprise content management system for Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems. Alfresco comes in two flavours[2]. Alfresco Community Edition is free software, GPL licensed open source and open standards. Alfresco Enterprise Edition is commercially / proprietary licensed open source, open standards and enterprise scale. Its design is geared towards users who require a high degree of modularity and scalable performance. Alfresco includes a content repository, an out-of-the-box web portal framework for managing and using standard portal content, a CIFS interface that provides file system compatibility on Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems, a web content management system capable of virtualizing webapps and static sites via Apache Tomcat, Lucene indexing, and jBPM workflow. The Alfresco system is developed using Java technology.



Alfresco was founded in 2005 by John Newton, co-founder of Documentum and John Powell, former COO of Business Objects. Its investors include the investment firms SAP, Accel Partners and Mayfield Fund. The original technical staff consisted of principal engineers from Documentum, and Oracle[3].

While Alfresco's product was initially focused on document management, in May 2006, it announced[4] its intention to expand into web content management by acquiring senior technical and managerial staff from Interwoven; this included its VP of Web Content Management, two principal engineers, and a member of its user interface team. In 2007, Alfresco hired the principal sales engineer from Vignette.

In October, 2009, the 2009 Open Source CMS Market Share Report described Alfresco as a leading Java-based open source web content management system. [5]


Enterprise content management for documents, web, records, images, and collaborative content development.


Alfresco is capable of the following:


  • 2008
    • EContent 100 Awards[7]
    • Audemars Piguet and European Tech Tour Association selects Alfresco for “Next Gem Award" which recognizes best young company[8]
    • DM Magazine awards Alfresco customer Surrenda-Link the Document Management Private Sector Project of the Year Award for 2008
    • Linux Magazine names Alfresco as one of Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2008
    • Business Computing Magazine Editor's Choice Award
    • InfoWorld Bossie Award for Best of Open Source in Enterprise Applications
  • 2007
    • Red Herring 100 Global 2007 Awards Winner
    • Network World names Alfresco in Top Ten Enterprise Software Companies to watch
    • InfoWorld: Best of Open Source Applications BOSSIE Award Winner
    • Computerworld Honors Program: [1]
    • Sand Hill Group: Top Software Innovator
    • Network World: Top Ten Enterprise Software Companies to watch
    • Gartner: “Cool Vendors in Content Management, 2007”
    • World Economic Forum: Technology Pioneer of 2007
  • 2006
    • Red Herring: Red Herring 100 Europe
    • EContent: EContent 100[9]
    • KM World: Trend-Setting Product Award
  • 2005
    • OSBC: Emerging Elite Award

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