Alfresco is an open source Content Management System(CMS) built on top of Java.
Web Content Management
Content Platform and Repository
Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS)
Desktop File Access
Install Java JDK “jdk-6u13-windows-i586-p.exe”. It installs JDK (including JRE).
Then download “Alfresco-Labs-3Stable-Full-Setup.exe” from Alfresco for windows.
This will install application server (Tomcat), OpenOffice, Derby database.
For production we need mysql database. For evaluating Derby built-in java database is enough.
After installing Alfresco.exe
Double click on alf_start.bat file. No need to edit anything in this file if (installed in default path
It makes Apache Tomcat application server runs.It takes time to run all the commands in that bat file)
If the screen is flickering and disappearing very fast it means there is a problem in starting the given
On double click of Alf_start.bat file it should run Tomcat and the screen should be like the below.
On double click of alf_start.bat file if it is throwing error like JAVA_HOME or JRE_HOME was not
configured like the below error
then check the environment variables like the below.
Right Click on “My Computer”- Select Properties.
System Properties window opens. Go to Advanced tab.
Click “Environment Variables” button.
Set the below environment variables
JAVA_HOME : [Installation Drive]Program FilesJavajdk1.6.0_07
JRE_HOME : [Installation Drive]Program FilesJavajre1.6.0_07
Press Ok and Apply Ok.
Press Ok. “This will install Labs on your computer. Continue?” alert comes.
InstallJammer Wizard opens.
Select Typical as Setup Type screen.
Choose Destination Location. Default path C:Alfresco is recommended for Tomcat Application Server to
Java installation screen comes and automatically starts.
Open Office Installation screens automatically comes
Database selection comes. Select built-in java database ( for evaluation purposes this is sufficient)
InStallJammer Wizard Complete screen opens which indicates Alfresco was successfully installed.
Alfresco uses 8080 port for Tomcat server.
Type http://localhost:8080/alfresco in the browser.
Click on Login (default values)
Admin screen opens
Click on Navigator dropdown at the left top most corner: It contains Navigator, Shelf, OpenSearch,
From here you can find different modules given out of the box.
Start -> Programs -> Alfresco Labs: It has
Start Alfresco Server
Start Virtual Server
Stop Alfresco Server
Stop Virtual Server
Start Alfresco Server (is similar to double clicking alf_start.bat file)
For shutting down Tomcat server use Stop Alfresco Server.
Java JDK is available at:
Download Alfresco Windows version:
Difference between Enterprise and Free open source products: