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Developer(s) Liferay Inc
Stable release
7.0.4 (7.0.4 GA5) / October 23, 2017 (2017-10-23)
Development status Active
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Enterprise portal, content management framework, content management system, community
License LGPL License [1] and proprietary[1]

Liferay Portal is a free and open source enterprise portal software product. Distributed under the GNU Lesser General Public License[2] and optional commercial license,[1] Liferay was declared "Best Open Source Portal" by InfoWorld in 2007.[3] It is primarily used to power corporate intranets and extranets.[4]

Written in Java, Liferay Portal is a web platform with features commonly required for the development of websites and portals. Liferay includes a built-in web content management system allowing users to build websites and portals as an assembly of themes, pages, portlets/gadgets and a common navigation.[5] Liferay is sometimes described as a content management framework or a web application framework. Liferay's support for plugins extends into multiple programming languages, including support for PHP and Ruby portlets.[6]

Liferay's programming interface is accessible to users with no programming skills for the basic website installation and administration.

Liferay Portal is Java-based and runs on any computing platform capable of running the Java Runtime Environment and an application server. Liferay is available bundled with a servlet container such as Apache Tomcat.[7]


Liferay, Inc., is a professional open-source company that provides free documentation and paid professional service to users of its software. Mainly focused on enterprise portal technology, the company has its headquarters in Diamond Bar, California, United States.

Liferay Portal was created in 2000 by chief software architect Brian Chan to provide an enterprise portal solution for non-profit organizations.[8] In 2004, the company was incorporated under the name Liferay, Inc. and formalized its Germany subsidiary Liferay GmbH. In 2007, the company opened new Asian headquarters in Dalian, China, and the Spanish subsidiary Liferay SL. In March 2009, the company opened a new office in Bangalore, India. To date there are 18 offices in 15 countries worldwide with a over 110 partners in 40 countries.

The company's enterprise portal product has been acknowledged by several notable organizations. It was recognized by EContent magazine in its "EContent 100" list of industry leaders[9][10] and in 2007, InfoWorld named it a "Technology of the Year".[11] In July 2007, it announced a partnership with ICEsoft Technologies, provider of the ICEfaces library, for developing Ajax technology for its enterprise portal software.[12] In January 2008, the company hired the lead engineer for jQuery UI, to exclusively work full-time on the JavaScript library.[13] Gartner recognized Liferay as visionary leader in the Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portal Products in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.[4][14] Most recently in the Gartner 2014 report, Liferay out performed SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Sharepoint to become the leading open source product in its class. Liferay offers different levels of partnership across various geographies for its global SI partners which includes Platinum, Gold and Silver Liferay Service Partners.[15]

Sun Microsystems and Liferay signed a technology-sharing agreement during May 2008.[16] Sun Microsystems rebranded the offering GlassFish Web Space Server. ZDNet further describes the relationship in the May 2008 article Sun and Liferay launch web-presentation platform.[17] In 2010 Sun was acquired by Oracle[18] and the GlassFish Web Space Server was not included in their portal roadmap, with all prospects turned over to Liferay, Inc.

Liferay 6.1 was released in January 2012 and saw several improvements and new functionality including an improved document library, dynamic data lists and an app store.[19]

In April 2013, Liferay partnered with TIBCO Software to offer a series of Liferay enterprise Connectivity Adapters (eC Adapters) that use TIBCO ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks with the intention of easing integration of Liferay Portal with multiple systems.[20]

In May 2016, Liferay introduced the Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP), a shift from simply portal software to a more comprehensive solution to manage customers and users.[21]


Liferay Portal is a JSR-286, JSR-168 and enterprise portal which includes a suite of applications (e.g., content management system, blogs, instant messaging, message boards, etc.).[22]

It is distributed in two different editions:

  • Liferay Portal Community Edition — A version with the latest features and support through the active community.
  • Liferay Portal Enterprise Edition — A commercial offering that includes services including updates and full support. This release goes through additional quality assurance cycles and is usually available around 1 or 2 months after the Community Edition and comes under a subscription.[23]
    • In 2016, the enterprise edition was rebranded as Liferay DXP — A Digital Experience Platform, [24] designed to create and connect business operations across web, mobile and connected devices.[25]

Liferay also provides a collaboration suite based on the Liferay platform:

  • Liferay Social Office — A social collaboration suite for enterprises.

Additional Liferay products and projects include:

  • Liferay Sync — Enables Liferay Portal users to publish and access documents and files from multiple environments, including Windows and Mac OS desktops, and iOS and Android-based mobile platforms.
  • AlloyUI — A UI framework for building web applications.
  • Liferay Faces — An umbrella project that provides support for the JavaServer Faces (JSF) standard within Liferay Portal.
  • Liferay Screens — A library of mobile components to build mobile applications with Liferay as the backend.
  • Liferay IDE — Set of Eclipse plugins for development with the Liferay Portal platform.
  • Liferay Marketplace — Liferay's public apps repository.

Core portlets[edit]

Liferay comes with certain portlets preinstalled.[26] These comprise the core functionality of the portal system. They include:

  • Alerts and Announcements
  • Alfresco, Documentum, and other document library integration
  • Asset Publishing
  • Blogs and blog aggregation
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Calendar
  • Chat
  • Document and Image management
  • Document Library Manager, Recent Documents
  • Knowledge Base
  • LDAP Integration
  • Mail
  • Message Boards
  • Nested Portlets
  • Page Ratings & Flags
  • Polls
  • Site Map
  • Site Navigation
  • Social Equity
  • Software Catalog
  • Tags and Categories
  • Themes, supporting Velocity and FreeMarker markup
  • User Directory
  • Web Content
  • Web Form Builder
  • WebDAV Integration
  • Website Tool
  • Wiki (supports Creole as well as MediaWiki syntax)

Version release[edit]

Version Name Edition Date Downloads
7.0.3 GA4 Wilberforce Community Edition 2017-06-19 ~
7.0.2 GA3 Wilberforce Community Edition 2016-08-16 ~
7.0.1 GA2 Wilberforce Community Edition 2016-06-10 ~
7.0.0 GA1 Wilberforce Community Edition 2016-03-31 ~
6.2.3 GA5 Newton Community Edition 2015-11-25 ~
6.2.3 GA4 Newton Community Edition 2015-04-17 ~
6.2.2 GA3 Newton Community Edition 2015-01-15 ~
6.2.1 GA2 Newton Community Edition 2014-02-28 ~
6.2.10 GA1 Newton Enterprise Edition 2013-12-3 unknown
6.2.0 GA1 Newton Community Edition 2013-11-01 ~
6.1.2 GA3 Paton Community Edition 2013-08-23 42.000+
6.1.30 GA3 Paton Enterprise Edition 2013-08-16 unknown
6.1.1 GA2 Paton Community Edition 2012-07-31 336.614+
6.1.20 GA2 Paton Enterprise Edition 2012-07-31 unknown
6.1.10 GA1 Paton Enterprise Edition 2012-02-15 unknown
6.1.0 GA1 Paton Community Edition 2012-01-01 265.718
6.0.12 SP2 Bunyan Enterprise Edition 2011-11-07 unknown
6.0.6 Bunyan Community Edition 2011-03-04 376.812
6.0.11 SP1 Bunyan Enterprise Edition 2011-01-13 unknown
5.2 SP5 Augustine Enterprise Edition 2010-10-20 unknown
6.0.10 Bunyan Enterprise Edition 2010-09-10 unknown
6.0.5 Bunyan Community Edition 2010-08-16 300.560
6.0.4 Bunyan Community Edition 2010-07-23 34.209
6.0.3 Bunyan Community Edition 2010-07-20 16.263
6.0.2 Bunyan Community Edition 2010-06-08 34.436
5.2 SP4 Augustine Enterprise Edition 2010-05-19 unknown
6.0.1 Bunyan Community Edition 2010-04-20 27.565
5.1 SP5 Calvin Enterprise Edition 2010-03-12 unknown
6.0.0 Bunyan Community Edition 2010-03-04 16.231
5.2 SP3 Augustine Enterprise Edition 2010-01-07 unknown
5.2 SP2 Augustine Enterprise Edition 2009-11-17 unknown
5.1 SP4 Calvin Enterprise Edition 2009-10-23 unknown
5.2 SP1 Augustine Enterprise Edition 2009-08-07 unknown
5.1 SP3 Calvin Enterprise Edition 2009-07-20 unknown
5.2 Augustine Enterprise Edition 2009-06-01 unknown
5.2.3 Augustine Community Edition 2009-05-12 427.726
5.1 SP2 Calvin Enterprise Edition 2009-05-12 unknown
5.2.2 Augustine Community Edition 2009-02-26 102.367
5.1 SP1 Calvin Enterprise Edition 2009-02-18 unknown
5.2.1 Augustine Community Edition 2009-02-03 42.720
5.2.0 Augustine Community Edition 2009-01-26 7.143
5.1 SP Calvin Enterprise Edition 2008-12-16 unknown
5.1.2 Calvin Community Edition 2008-10-03 178.934
5.1.1 Calvin Community Edition 2008-08-11 84.246
5.1.0 Calvin Community Edition 2008-07-17 31.761
5.0.1 RC Luther Community Edition 2008-04-14 101.543
5.0.0 RC Luther Community Edition 2008-04-09 10.704

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Liferay 6.0 CE vs. EE licensing question". Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  2. ^ "Liferay Adopting the LGPL License". Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  3. ^ staff, InfoWorld Reviews. "2007 Technology of the Year Award Winners". 
  4. ^ a b "Gartner's Magic Quadrant For Horizontal Portals: Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Liferay Top Dogs". 
  5. ^ "List of Liferay Portlets". Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  6. ^ "Liferay PHP Portlets". Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  7. ^ "Liferay Portal". Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  8. ^ Howard, Phil (October 18, 2005). "Liferay after Plumtree: Pure play portals alive and kicking". Reg Developer. 
  9. ^ "Liferay Breaks Into EContent Magazine's "EContent 100" Of Industry Leaders". Business Wire. November 20, 2006. Archived from the original on September 15, 2008. 
  10. ^ "2006 EContent 100 List". EContent Magazine. December 2006. 
  11. ^ "2007 Technology of the Year Awards: Applications". InfoWorld. January 1, 2007. 
  12. ^ "Liferay and ICEfaces Announce Ajax Portal Technology Partnership". August 3, 2007. 
  13. ^ Bakaus, Paul (January 23, 2008). "jQuery UI and beyond: The jQuery-Liferay partnership". 
  14. ^ Cheng, Alice (2009-09-29). "PRESS RELEASE: Liferay Named a Visionary in Gartner's Magic Quadrant". Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  15. ^ "Partners - Liferay". 
  16. ^ "Press Release: Sun Joins Liferay Open Source Community". May 2008. 
  17. ^ "Sun and Liferay launch web-presentation platform". May 2008. 
  18. ^ "Oracle buys Sun, becomes hardware company". January 27, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Marketplace -". 
  20. ^ "Enterprise Portal Liferay Partners with TIBCO Software for Lower Cost Back-End Integration". Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)". 
  23. ^ "Liferay Downloads". 
  24. ^ "What is a Digital Experience Platform? Liferay Defines DXP". 
  25. ^ "Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)". 
  26. ^ "List of Core Liferay Portlets". 

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