Alfresco on Raspberry Pi

Discussion created by jackarnd on May 12, 2017
Latest reply on Jun 20, 2018 by antoine_chauve


I just wanted to share the project I am currently working on. This is to add to the project of Kevin Roast about Alfresco Share 5 running on a Raspberry Pi he was at the moment trying to run a Share instance on a Raspberry Pi 1 model B so it was pretty slow but now that the Raspberry Pi 3 is available I thought it would be a great idea to try to run a full Alfresco instance with Share on it.


I didn't install the Alfresco you find in the free trials since it only has an installer for 64bits systems and most of the Raspberry's OS (here I'm using Raspbian) are in 32bits (even though the Raspberry Pi 3 itself has a 64b arch) so too much trouble. I did it through Maven, I created AMP projects.

With Alfresco Maven SDK I generated an Alfresco Platform JAR archetype and an Alfresco Share JAR archetype. Then I tried to run everything up.


I had to deal with many issues due to the Raspberry system. Without going through details, it was mainly because of the RAM memory. So at first, I changed the run.sh file like this to limit maven and java


MAVEN_OPTS="-Xms256m -Xmx512m" JAVA_OPTS="-Xms256m -Xmx512m"  mvn clean install alfresco:run

Then I dealt with the Raspberry memory itself. 1Gb of RAM isn't enough to run two embedded tomcats (just one takes 76,7% of the whole RAM of the Raspberry) so I increased the swap memory to 1Gb and..


It Worked ! I could run  both of the Alfresco repo and the Share tier !


But it was actually pretty slow since the Swap memory of a Raspberry Pi is slow. So I "installed" Zram which compresses the RAM files. Then, Share got a lot more fluent. It is just slow starting up, especially when logging the admin user, but it is pretty fine after that.



So for two normal (not admin) users at the same time (I can't test it on a bigger scale for the moment) it works pretty fine, the Raspberry Pi isn't blowing up and so on so if you want to do something like this enjoy it ! 


In term of perf here is a screenshot of my system after two admin logged, as you can see it is ok even though I'm trying to know if I can improve the management of the memory.

performances of a Raspberry system running an Alfresco instance with Share


As a reminder here are the Raspberry Pi 3 specs :

SoC: Broadcom BCM2837 ;

CPU: 4× ARM Cortex-A53, 1.2GHz ;

RAM: 1GB LPDDR2 (900 MHz) ;

Networking: 10/100 Ethernet, 2.4GHz 802.11n wireless ;

Storage: microSD ;

If you want more details on how to install everything on the Raspberry (because I didn't talk about all the little things I did to make it work) I would be happy to help !