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Developer(s)Ignite Realtime
Stable release
4.8.1[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 2 March 2024
Written inJava
TypeXMPP server
LicenseApache-2.0[2] Edit this on Wikidata

[3]Openfire (previously known as Wildfire, and Jive Messenger) is an instant messaging (IM) and groupchat server for the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP). It is written in Java and licensed under the Apache License 2.0.[2]


The project was originated by Jive Software around 2002, partly in order to support their FastPath web-based customer support tool, as Jive Messenger, and renamed to Wildfire in 2005. Due to a trademark issue,[4] it was further renamed to Openfire in 2007. The project was wholly handed to the community in 2008.[5] Jive continued to host the project until 2016.[6]

Current Governance[edit]

After Jive Software handed the Openfire project to the Ignite Realtime community, the Ignite Realtime Foundation was founded[7] to govern its projects. Openfire continued to be developed under a community model, as part of the Ignite Realtime Foundation. The project lead is Dave Cridland.

Web-based administration panel[edit]

Most administration of the server is done through a web interface, which runs on the ports 9090 (HTTP) and 9091 (HTTPS) by default. Administrators can connect from anywhere and edit the server and configuration settings.


Openfire supports the following features:

  • Web-based administration panel
  • Plugin interface
  • Customizable
  • SSL/TLS support[8]
  • User-friendly web interface and guided installation
  • Database connectivity (i.e. embedded HSQLDB or other DBMS with JDBC 3 driver) for storing messages and user details
  • LDAP connectivity
  • Platform independent, pure Java
  • Full integration with Spark (XMPP client)
  • Can support more than 50,000 concurrent users[9]

Openfire has strong support for plugins and customized builds; there are numerous plugins available for immediate download and install via the admin console, and many installations have bespoke plugins.

Openfire allows multiple server instances to work together in one clustered environment. There is an open-source clustering plugin based on open-source Hazelcast technology.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Openfire 4.8.1 Release". 2 March 2024. Retrieved 5 March 2024.
  2. ^ a b Matt Tucker (15 September 2009). "Openfire Under Apache 2.0 License". Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  3. ^ Kadar, Gyorgy. Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Oxford University Press. 2011-10-31. doi:10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.b00096646.
  4. ^ Some bad news on Naming, Matt Tucker, Ignite Realtime Blogs
  5. ^ Openfire Enterprise is becoming Open Source, Matt Tucker, Ignite Realtime Blog
  6. ^ Jive Software will stop sponsoring IgniteRealtime hosting, Guus der Kinderen, Ignite Realtime Discussion Forum
  7. ^ Starting the Ignite Realtime Foundation, Guus der Kinderen, Ignite Realtime Blog
  8. ^ Guus der Kinderen (2 March 2011). "Openfire 3.7.0 has been released!". Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  9. ^ Jive Software (14 March 2007). "Openfire Scalability" (PDF). Retrieved 25 November 2014.

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