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[ DRAFT] Alfresco Community Edition 201802 EA Release [ DRAFT] 


Release Notes


These release notes provide information for the 201802 EA release of Alfresco Community Edition.


This is the second Early Access release of Alfresco Community Edition containing the Alfresco Content Repository 6.0. This release contains all fixes completed from the release of Alfresco Content Services 5.2.1 in July of 2017 through January of 2018.


Even though this release does not include any backwards incompatible changes, we have planned significant architectural evolution for the 6.0 family of releases.


Care should be taken when upgrading from any previous version of Alfresco Community Edition. Before upgrading, test that you have a functional backup of your Alfresco Repository, and read the documentation.



The latest EA release of Alfresco Community Edition is available from the Alfresco Community Edition product page.


Download this release from Alfresco Community Edition 201711 EA file list.


For download and installation instructions, refer to the Download and Install Alfresco page.


The Alfresco supplied installers will install all you need to run Alfresco on your machine; which includes JDK, Tomcat, SOLR, and LibreOffice. It also includes interfaces and extensions such as Share, the Google Docs integration, and the AOS module.



  • It is recommended to have at least 4GB of RAM available on the system.
  • Latest OS patches are always recommended.


Goals for this Release

We plan significant architectural improvements in the 6.0 family of releases, but this release does not yet differ significantly from the 5.2 releases of Alfresco Community Edition. Some components of this release still use the 5.x version numbering because they do not yet have significant changes from the previous releases. These components could likely be used successfully with previous GA releases in order to take advantage of bug fixes.


This release allows us to ship the incremental work that we have available alongside the initial refactoring of the code base to support future changes. This release iterates on the components releases done from our new build tooling and the repositories in GitHub.


Please report issues with this release in the issue tracker. You can collaborate on this release by using the discussion tools in this social community. Other feedback can be provided by emailing community@alfresco.com.


Notes on Specific Release Components

  • Solr4 is included as the default search provider in this release. Interested administrators can download and configure Alfresco Search Services which includes Solr6.


Notable New Features in this Release

The page dedicated to Alfresco Community Edition 6.0 lists all the features in the 6.0 line of Alfresco releases.


Content Repository


Replacement of OpenOffice by JodConverter transformers

The OpenOffice transformers have been replaced by JodConverter transformers to provide better reliability. Prior to this release JodConverter had only been available to Enterprise customers, but in both cases they had been using the same LibreOffice process to produce the transformations. The JodConverter automatically restarts LibreOffice processes if they crash and after a number of transformations in case there have been memory leaks.


To minimize disruption when upgrading, alfresco global properties that configured OpenOffice transformers (properties starting with content.transformer. and then include OpenOffice as part of their name) will also apply to the equivalent JodConverter transformer unless an equivalent property has been defined for JodConverter. The system will also attempt to interpreter ooo.enabled, ooo.port and ooo.exe properties so that the JodConverter will start if OpenOffice was previously started. It will only be able to do this for the ooo.exe property if a path including LibreOffice's install directory was provided, as the JodConverter has a jodconverter.officeHome rather than a jodconverter.exe property. If the ooo.exe property value was simply soffice (the process was found on the PATH), the jodconverter.officeHome property must be set.


Library Upgrades

TODO: Jackson Library was upgraded. JSON passing entities in webscript extensions and customizations to the REST API framework will need to be rewritten to use Jackson 2 instead of Jackson 1. This usually only requires rewriting the package names and classes.



GET /nodes/{nodeId}/action-definitions: Retrieve actions for a node.

GET /action-definitions: Retrieve a list of available actions

GET /action-definitions/{actionDefinitionId} Retrieve the details of an action definition

POST /action-executions Execute an action

REST API Explorer

An updated release of the REST API Explorer (v6.0.1-ea) is available (Github - alfresco-rest-api-explorer) to navigate the details. This is included in the SDK, or can be installed by adding the WAR to your Alfresco install and configuring CORS.


See also Alfresco public REST APIs to find links to more information about the new REST APIs.



Bug fixes only.


Search Services

No incremental updates since Alfresco Community Edition 201707 GA Release.


More details are available in the blog post Alfresco Search Services 1.1.0


Governance Services

The latest version of the RM module (2.6.b) has been tested against Alfresco Content Repository 5.2.g and Share 5.2.f, but there are no known incompatibilities with the Alfresco Content Repository 6.0.a, please let us know if you find any. Additional details are available in the release blog post: Records Management 2.6.b. The next release, 2.6.c, is expected shortly and will be the last in the 2.6.x stream before we start working on 2.7.a (which will also target 5.2.x).



No incremental updates since Alfresco Community Edition 201702 GA Release.


We provide an Early Access release of an Alfresco Java Client SDK which contains a Java lib project to easily consume Alfresco Public REST APIs. It includes a set of APIs that allows developers to quickly build Alfresco-enabled Java & Android applications:

Alfresco Java Client SDK 



The Alfresco SDK is not yet updated with the new code locations. For more details, see More of Alfresco Content Services on GitHub. The support for 6.0.0-ea version in Alfresco SDK will be added in next releases of Alfresco SDK.



The documentation is currently published at docs.alfresco.com: Alfresco Community Edition



This release includes: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch, Norwegian (Bokmål), Russian, Brazilian Portuguese and Simplified Chinese versions.


Feature Removals


No feature removals were planned for this release. Due to concerns about protocol security, it is likely that future releases will remove CIFS/SMBv1 and NTLMv1. For more details see: Moving from SMB to WebDAV.



3rd Party Components:

  • Java 1.8.0_131
  • Tomcat 7.0.82
  • LibreOffice 5.2.1
  • PostgreSQL 9.4.12
  • ImageMagick 7.0.5



    • alfresco-content-services-community-full-installer-6.0.1-ea-win-x64.exe

    • alfresco-content-services-community-full-installer-6.0.1-ea-linux-x64.bin

    • alfresco-content-services-community-full-distribution-6.0.1-ea.zip

    • alfresco-file-transfer-receiver-6.2.zip

    • alfresco-solr4-distribution-6.6.zip

    • alfresco-search-services-1.1.0.zip


Prerequisites for Manual Install

  • DB: MySQL 5.6 or PostgreSQL 9.4.12
  • App Server: Tomcat 7
  • Java Version: JDK 8
  • LibreOffice 5.2


Issues Addressed

This release contains all bug fixes since the Alfresco Community Edition 5.0.d release.


The issues addressed specifically in this release are available in JIRA projects for the components of this release. Please look at the previous 6.0 releases to get a complete list of issues addressed since the previous GA release (5.0.d). Note that JIRA behaves inconsistently with these queries when you are not logged in.

  • ALF: Improvements to Alfresco's products requested by open source collaborators. Most issues are linked to another project to get assigned to a team.
  • SHA: Improvements to Alfresco Share.
  • REPO: Improvements to the Alfresco Content Repository.
  • AKU: Improvements to the Aikau UI library used by Share and other interfaces.
  • RM: Changes to Records Management.
  • SEARCH: Fixes to Search and Discover
  • SDK: Improvements to the Alfresco SDK


Important fixes in this EA release:

  • Please refer to the RM link above under Issues Addressed.


Known Issues

  • The Alfresco SDK is not yet compatible with the this release.

Please refer to the Alfresco issue tracker for other known issues in this release.

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