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Liferay Portal

Liferay Portal is an open source enterprise web platform for building business solutions that deliver immediate results and long-term value. Liferay Portal started out as a personal development project in 2000 and was open sourced in 2001.

To get started, check out the project's community homepage at!

Latest Release Details

The latest release, Liferay Portal version 7.1, is built from the source code of Liferay Portal and several other related open source projects. It includes features for end users, business professionals, system administrators, and enterprise developers.

  • Modular architecture for maximum flexibility and reliability
  • Portal features for managing users, groups, and permissions
  • Single page applications for blazingly fast performance
  • Rich web services for integrating with other systems
  • Web content management including Personalization and Content Targeting
  • Documents and rich media management
  • Mobile development platform
  • Business forms and workflow
  • Collaboration features such as blogs, wikis, and social networking
  • Consistent and powerful Lexicon user experience
  • Integrated development environment using Liferay Dev Studio

For more details on these and other features, please refer to the user guide on the Liferay Developer Network.

Quick Start

To get up and running quickly, follow the steps below:

  1. Download a pre-built Liferay Portal release. For starters, it's recommended to choose Liferay Portal bundled with Tomcat.

  2. Download and install Java (JDK) 8 (if necessary) in your local environment.

  3. Extract the downloaded pre-built Liferay Portal bundle into a folder.

  4. Navigate to the bundle's liferay-ce-portal-[version]/tomcat-[version]/bin folder and execute startup.bat (Windows) or (Unix/Linux/Mac OS X), depending on your operating system.

  5. A server console opens, which starts your Liferay Portal instance. Once your instance is ready to use, the portal URL address (http://localhost:8080) is automatically opened in your default browser.

  6. You're presented a Basic Configuration page. Complete the configuration options.

    Liferay Portal uses an embedded database (HSQL) to make installation fast and easy. This database is not ready for production, so consider configuring a production-ready database (e.g., MySQL) if you plan on doing more than just exploring/testing.

  7. Agree to the terms and conditions, create a password, and configure a security question/answer.

You can now use Liferay Portal!

For more detailed installation instructions, refer to the system administrator guide on the Liferay Developer Network.

If you wish to build core Liferay Portal or its plugins, read the CONTRIBUTING guide. It includes details on using the repositories and building the software.

Liferay Developer Network

The Liferay Developer Network (LDN) is the best place to learn about Liferay. It has over 200 tutorials, guided learning, and much more.

LDN provides learning paths and tutorials, which offer great resources to learn how to develop on Liferay Portal. Learning paths are great for those new with Liferay development; they offer a story-like approach, providing a beginning-to-end process for creating something (e.g., developing a Liferay web application). As you gain experience developing on Liferay Portal, you'll want to dive into tutorials for details on leveraging Liferay's technologies and frameworks. If you create apps that you want to share or sell, you can read LDN's Distribute section to learn how to publish apps to the Liferay Marketplace.

The Liferay Developer Network is not only your home for Liferay development, but it's also your place to participate in making Liferay better. Come check out the Liferay Developer Network.

Source Code

Liferay's main source code resides in the liferay-portal repository. Liferay maintains many other repositories related to features and supporting documentation.

Liferay Portal releases are built from the liferay-portal repository. You can build Liferay Portal, its modules, and/or any of the other supporting technologies from their respective folders/repositories.

Stay Connected

There are many ways for you to learn what's new in Liferay, get answers to questions, and connect with other Liferay community members.


Follow us on Twitter:


Read our announcements, engage in discussions, and learn more by following Liferay's Blog Stream.


Do you have questions? Ask them on our very active forums!


Join the conversation on Liferay's Community Chat.


Liferay welcomes any and all contributions! Please read the CONTRIBUTING guide for details on developing and submitting your contributions.


For transparency and insight into Liferay's release cycle, and for striving to maintain backward compatibility, we make a strong effort to uphold the versioning for our software. See the Semantic Versioning article for more information about how Liferay versions software.

Bug Reporting and Feature Requests

Did you find a bug? Please file an issue for it at following Liferay's JIRA Guidelines.

If you'd like to suggest a new feature for Liferay, visit the Contribute a New Feature or Improvement page to learn about contributing.

Professional Services

If you need professional consultation or help with Liferay and your business, check out the offerings from Liferay, Inc. and its partner network.

The Liferay Development Team

Liferay Portal is produced by the worldwide Liferay engineering team, and involves many hours of development, testing, writing documentation, and working with the wider Liferay community of customers, partners, and open source developers. We are glad you have chosen Liferay Portal, and hope that it meets or exceeds your expectations!

In addition to Liferay's engineering staff, a special thanks goes to the many open source developers who volunteer their time and energy to help with the release, whether it was bug fixing, idea generation, documentation, translations, or other contributions that helped to improve this release.

Liferay Portal Community Edition License

This library, Liferay Portal Community Edition, is free software ("Licensed Software"); you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; including but not limited to, the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY, NONINFRINGEMENT, or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with this library; if not, write to

Free Software Foundation, Inc.
51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA




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