Alfresco DMS

Alfresco is an enterprise content management system. It comes in two editions. Alfresco Community Edition is free software, LGPL licensed open source and open standards. Alfresco Enterprise Edition is commercially and 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 web applications and static sites via Apache Tomcat, Lucene indexing, and Activiti workflow. The Alfresco system is developed using Java technology.

Alfresco offers true Open Source Enterprise Content Management (ECM) - Document Management, Collaboration, Records Management, Knowledge Management, Web Content Management and Imaging.

Alfresco uses best-of-breed Open Source technologies such as Spring, Hibernate, Lucene, modern standards such as JSR-168, JSR-170, Web Services, Java Server Faces and contributions from the open source community to get higher quality software produced more quickly at much lower cost.

Alfresco is built by a team with 15 years’ experience in this space, including the co-founder of Documentum, VP of Web Content Management of Interwoven, and other senior industry players.

Alfresco allows users to access a simple to use, Intelligent Virtual File System from their native application or portal with the full power of an Enterprise Content Management System.

Alfresco offers document management using familiar interfaces to get rapid user adoption built on a repository that offers transparent, out-of-sight services for full ECM.


  • Document Management.
  • Web Content Management (including full webapp & session virtualization).
  • Repository-level versioning (similar to Subversion).
  • Transparent overlays (similar to unionfs).
  • Records Management, including 5015.2 certification.
  • Image Management.
  • Learning Content Management support for Learning Management Systems (eg. Moodle).
  • Auto-generated XForms with AJAX support.
  • Integrated Publishing.
  • Repository access via CIFS/SMB, FTP, WebDAV, NFS and CMIS.
  • Activities workflow.
  • Lucene search.
  • Federated servers.
  • Multi-language support.
  • Portable application packaging.
  • Multi-platform support (officially Windows, GNU/Linux and Solaris).
  • Browser-based GUI (official support for Internet Explorer and Firefox).
  • Desktop integration with Microsoft Office, and LibreOffice.
  • Clustering support.
  • Pluggable authentication: NTLM, LDAP, Kerberos, CAS.
  • Multiple Database support: MySQL, PostgreSQL (Community Edition), Oracle Database, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server (Enterprise Edition).

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