Alfresco Software

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Alfresco Software
Developer(s)Alfresco Software, Inc.
Initial releaseNovember 2005; 17 years ago (2005-11)
Stable release
7.2[1] / 2022-03[±]
Written inJava, JSP, and JavaScript
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeECM, BPM, and Records Management
LicenseEnterprise Edition is proprietary; Community Edition is LGPL v3[2]

Alfresco Software is a collection of information management software products for Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems developed by Alfresco Software Inc. using Java technology. The software, branded as a Digital Business Platform[3] is principally a proprietary & a commercially licensed open source platform, supports open standards, and provides enterprise scale.[4] There are also open source Community Editions available licensed under LGPLv3.[2]


John Newton (co-founder of Documentum) and John Powell (a former COO of Business Objects) founded Alfresco Software, Inc. in 2005.

In July 2005, Alfresco released the first version of their software.[5]

Alfresco initially focused on document management, in May 2006, the company announced 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.[6]

In October 2009, the 2009 Open Source CMS Market Share Report described Alfresco as a “leading Java-based open source web content management system”.[7]

In 2010, Alfresco sponsored a new open-source BPM engine called Activiti.[8]

In July 2011, Alfresco and Ephesoft announced a technology collaboration to offer document capture and Content Management Interoperability Services brought together for intelligent PDF capture and search and workflow development.[9]

In January 2013, Alfresco appointed Doug Dennerline, former President of SuccessFactors, former EVP of Sales at, and former CEO of WebEx, as its new CEO.[10]

In September 2014, Alfresco 5 was released with new reporting and analytics features and an overhaul of its document search tool, moving from Lucene to Solr.[11]

In November 2016, Alfresco launched an AWS Quickstart[12] for building an Alfresco Content Services server cluster on the AWS Cloud.[13]

In March 2017, Alfresco rebranded as the Digital Business Platform. This included the release of the Application Development Framework with reusable Angular JS(2.0) components.[14]

On February 8, 2018, it was announced that Alfresco was acquired by the private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P.[15]

On September 9, 2020, Alfresco was acquired again by Hyland Software from Thomas H. Lee Partners for an undisclosed amount.[16]

Products and Services[edit]

Alfresco's core platform offering consists of three primary products. It is designed for clients who require modularity and scalable performance. It can be deployed on-premises on servers or in the cloud using an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Quick Start.[17] A multi-tenant SaaS offering is also available.[18]

Alfresco provides enterprise content management (ECM) services. This includes a content and metadata repository, a web interface named Share, the ability to define automated business rules, and text indexing. In addition, services that provide records management functionality to address information governance requirements are also provided by the company. Alfresco Governance Services is DoD 5015.02 certified for records management.[19][20]

A on open-source community edition of the Alfresco software known as Activiti is available..[8][21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Try Alfresco Content Services Community now". Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  2. ^ a b "Open Source Licensing". ECM Architect Blog. October 17, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "Alfresco Releases Digital Business Platform to Speed App Development". CMSWire. February 28, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Alfresco's Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Software". Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  5. ^ "Open source CM". KM World. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Top Web Content Management Team Joins Alfresco Software". Press Release. Alfresco Software, Inc. May 22, 2006. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  7. ^ "Alfresco". Open Source CMS Market Share Report 2009. Simpler Media Group, Inc. p. 62. Retrieved February 25, 2014.(registration required)
  8. ^ a b Long, Josh. "Alfresco Announces Activiti Project, an Apache 2 Licensed BPM Engine". InfoQ. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  9. ^ Roe, David (July 8, 2011). "Alfresco, Ephesoft Partnership Offers CMIS-based Open Source Capture-to-Workflow Technology". CMSWire. Simpler Media Group, Inc. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  10. ^ Bort, Julie. "What I Learned From John Chambers And Marc Benioff". Business Insider.
  11. ^ Murphy, Tim. "Alfresco Aims Higher as it Launches v5 #AlfrescoSummit". CMSWire. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  12. ^ Preimesberger, Chris. "Alfresco Offers Early Availability for Its AWS Deployment". eWeek. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Alfresco Content Services on AWS". Amazon Web Services. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Alfresco Introduces New Digital Business Platform". KMWorld. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Thomas H. Lee Partners to Acquire Alfresco Software". Business Wire. 8 February 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Hyland, a NE Ohio software company, buys Alfresco". Retrieved 2021-04-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "Alfresco Content Services on AWS". Amazon AWS. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  18. ^ Roe, David. "Alfresco Offers Its Platform as a Managed Service on AWS". CMSWire. Simpler Media Group. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  19. ^ "JITC Records Management Application Product Register". Joint Interoperability Test Command. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  20. ^ "Alfresco". Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  21. ^ "Alfresco Community Editions". Retrieved 2022-06-10.

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