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Original author(s) Jorg Janke
Developer(s) Adempiere Community
Initial release 9 September 2006 (2006-09-09)
Stable release
3.9.0 / 1 August 2017; 13 months ago (2017-08-01)
Written in Java 1.8
Operating system Linux, OS X, Unix, Windows
Platform Apache Tomcat, JBoss
Available in several languages
License GPLv2

ADempiere /ˌɑːdɛmˈpjɛər/ is an Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP software package released under a free software license. The word adempiere in Italian means "to fulfill" or "to accomplish".[1]

The software is licensed under the GNU General Public License.[2]


The ADempiere project was created in September 2006. Disagreement between the open-source developer community that formed around the Compiere open-source ERP [3] software and the project's corporate sponsor ultimately led to the creation of Adempiere as a fork of Compiere.[4] Within weeks of the fork, ADempiere reached the top five of the rankings, and has remained one of the top-ranked open-source projects for a long time.[5] This activity provides a measure of both the size of its developer community and also its impact on the open source ERP software market.

The project name comes from an Italian word, which is means "satisfy" but with additional context of "Complete, Reaching, practice, Perform Tasks, or Releasing, also, give honor, respect", here which it was considered most appropriate to what the project aims to achieve.

Goals of this project[edit]

The goal of the Adempiere project is the creation of a community-developed and supported open source business solution.[6] The Adempiere community follows the open-source model of the Bazaar described in Eric Raymond's article The Cathedral and the Bazaar.

Business functionality[edit]

The following business areas are addressed by the Adempiere application:

Project structure[edit]

All community members are entitled to their say in the project discussion forums. For practical purposes, the project is governed by a council of contributors.[7] A leader is nominated from this council to act as overall project manager. The role of the Adempiere Council is to:

  • Support decisions of the leader.
  • Accept contributions.
  • Define the roadmap.
  • Review and approve specifications.
  • Vote for new functionalities.
  • Approve changes to core.


Adempiere is developed with Java EE technology, specifically utilizing Apache Tomcat and the JBoss application server. Currently database support is restricted to PostgreSQL[8] and Oracle.


Adempiere inherited the Data Dictionary from the Compiere project.[9] This architecture extends the Data Dictionary concept into the application; thus the application's entities, their validation rules and screen layout can be controlled from within the application itself. In practice, this means that customization of the application can be done without new coding. A Workflow Management Coalition and Object Management Group standards based workflow engine is utilized to provide Business Process Management. These features allow for the rapid customization of the application to a business's needs.[10]

See also[edit]


  • iDempiere It modularized the code through the OSGi framework so it allows a plugin architecture.
  • metasfresh - originally based on ADempiere, developed in Germany.



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