Sunday, 22 May 2011


Developer(s) Liferay, Inc
Stable release 6.0.6 (6.0 GA4) / March 10, 2011; 2 months ago
Development status Active
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type enterprise portal, content management framework, Content management system, Community
License LGPL License [1]
Liferay Portal is a free and open source enterprise portal written in Java and distributed under the GNU Lesser General Public License.[1] It is primarily used to power corporate intranets and extranets.[citation needed]
Liferay Portal allows users to set up features common to websites. It is fundamentally constructed of functional units called portlets.[2] 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.[3]
Although Liferay offers a sophisticated programming interface for developers, no programming skills are required for 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 an application server such as Apache Tomcat.[4]




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 Los Angeles, California, United States.
Liferay was created in 2000 by Chief Software Architect Brian Chan to provide an enterprise portal solution for non-profit organizations.[5] In 2004, the company was incorporated under the name Liferay, Inc., formalized its Germany subsidiary Liferay GmbH. In 2007, the company opened a new Asian headquarters in Dalian, China and the Spanish subsidiary Liferay SL. In March 2009, the company opened a new office in Bangalore, India.
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 [6][7] and in 2007, InfoWorld named it a "Technology of the Year."[8] In July 2007, they announced a partnership with ICEsoft Technologies, provider of the ICEfaces library, for developing Ajax technology for their enterprise portal software.[9] In January 2008, the company hired the lead engineer for jQuery UI, to exclusively work full-time on the JavaScript library.[10] Gartner recognised Liferay as visionary leader in a September 2008 Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portal Products.[11]
Sun Microsystems and Liferay signed a technology-sharing agreement during May 2008. .[12] Sun Microsystems has rebranded the offering GlassFish Web Space Server. ZDNET.UK further describes the relationship in the May 2008 article Sun and Liferay launch web-presentation platform. [13]


Liferay Portal is a JSR-286 enterprise portal which includes a suite of applications (e.g., Content Management System, blogs, instant messaging, message boards, etc.). 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.
Liferay also provides a collaboration suite based on the Liferay platform:
  • Liferay Social Office - a social collaboration suite for enterprises

Core Portlets

Liferay comes with certain portlets preinstalled.[14] These comprise the core functionality of the portal system. They include:
  • Web Content
  • Asset Publishing
  • Tags and Categories
  • Document and Image management
  • Document Library Manager, Recent Documents
  • Alfresco, Documentum, and other document library integration
  • Image Gallery
  • WebDAV Integration
  • Website Tools
  • Web Form Builder
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Site Navigation
  • Nested Portlets
  • Site Map
  • Page Ratings & Flags
  • User Directory
  • LDAP Integration
  • Software Catalog
  • Blogs and blog aggregation
  • Calendar
  • Chat
  • Mail
  • Message Boards
  • Polls
  • Wiki (supports Creole as well as MediaWiki syntax)
  • Alerts and Announcements
  • Knowledge Base
  • Social Equity
  • Themes, supporting Velocity and FreeMarker markup
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