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Install additional software

You can install the third-party software used by Community Edition independently. Some of the software can be installed any time before or after installing Community Edition.

Install LibreOffice

In Community Edition, you can transform a document from one format to another, for example, a text file to a PDF file. To access these transformation facilities, you must install LibreOffice. This is optional, and can be done any time after Community Edition is installed.

  1. Browse to the LibreOffice download site.

  2. Download the latest (stable) version of LibreOffice for your platform.

  3. When prompted, specify a download destination.

  4. Browse to the location of your downloaded file, and install the application.

  5. Change the installation directory to:

    • (Windows) c:\Alfresco\LibreOffice
    • (Linux) /opt/alfresco/LibreOffice

    If you’re installing LibreOffice on Linux, you also need a number of libraries to be installed. See Install Linux libraries for more.

  6. Modify the jodconverter.officeHome property in the <classpathRoot>/ file to point to the LibreOffice install location.

    Note: For Windows, set the path using the \\ separator, or use the forward slash / Unix path separator. For example: c:\\Alfresco\\LibreOffice or c:/Alfresco/LibreOffice.

  7. If the Community Edition server is running, stop and restart the server.

Install Linux libraries

Use this information to install Linux libraries manually on supported Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, SUSE and Red Hat.

LibreOffice requires the following libraries to be installed on your system:

  • libfontconfig
  • libICE
  • libSM
  • libXrender
  • libXext
  • libXinerama
  • libcups
  • libGLU
  • libcairo2
  • libgl1-mesa-glx

If the required libraries are missing, you’ll get a warning message. You can install them using your preferred package manager from the command line. Note that the file names for the Linux libraries may vary by distribution.

For Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS, you can run:

cd <libre-install-dir>/LibreOffice_*.*.*.*_Linux_x86-64_rpm/RPMS/
sudo yum localinstall *rpm

For Ubuntu:

cd <libre-install-dir>/LibreOffice_*.*.*.*_Linux_x86-64_rpm/RPMS/
sudo dpkg -i *deb

If LibreOffice doesn’t start up normally with Community Edition, test it manually, for example, by running this startup script:

start ex. {installdir}/libreoffice/scripts/ start
status ex. {installdir}/libreoffice/scripts/ status

If you receive errors that indicate that a library is missing, work with your system administrator to add the missing library or its equivalent from your configured repositories.

Install ImageMagick

To enable image manipulation in Community Edition, you must install and configure ImageMagick. Community Edition uses ImageMagick to manipulate images for previewing.

  1. Verify that ImageMagick is already installed on your system.

    Use the ImageMagick convert command to check that you have the right software installed on your machine. This command is usually located in /usr/bin: install Image.

  2. If the ImageMagick software isn’t available on your system, download and install the appropriate package for your platform.

    To download ImageMagick, browse to the ImageMagick download website.

    Note: In next steps, you’ll make changes to the Community Edition configuration files to enable the manually installed ImageMagick application. These steps can only be performed after Community Edition has been installed.

  3. Browse to the <classpathRoot> directory.

  4. Open the file.

  5. Modify the ImageMagick properties to point to the ImageMagick root directory.

    Property Description
    img.root Windows: img.root=C:\\ImageMagick
    Linux: img.root=/ImageMagick

    Note: Don’t include a slash (/) at the end of the path, i.e. /ImageMagick/.
    img.dyn Windows: img.dyn=${img.root}\\lib
    Linux: img.dyn=${img.root}/lib
    img.exe Windows: img.exe=${img.root}\\convert.exe
    Linux: img.exe=${img.root}/bin/convert
    img.coders Windows: img.coders=${img.root}\\modules\\coders
    Linux: img.coders=${img.root}/modules/coders
    img.config Windows: img.config=${img.root}\\config
    Linux: img.config=${img.root}/config
    img.url Windows: img.url=${img.root}\\url
    Linux: img.url=${img.root}/url

Note: Test that you’re able to convert a PDF using the command: convert filename.pdf[0] filename.png

Install alfresco-pdf-renderer

Community Edition uses alfresco-pdf-renderer for creating document thumbnails and previews. Use this information to install alfresco-pdf-renderer on your system.

Note: To use the alfresco-pdf-renderer, ensure that Community Edition is installed. Changes made to the file in your installation will change the configuration and enable you to manually install the alfresco-pdf-renderer application.

Note: The alfresco-pdf-renderer executable file is platform-specific.

The alfresco-pdf-renderer binaries are available in the Community Edition distribution zip.

  • For Windows:
    • Extract the file alfresco-pdf-renderer/alfresco-pdf-renderer-1.0-win64.tgz to a location of your choice.
    • Browse to the location of your saved file and extract the archive.
    • Add the following properties to the file:

  • For Linux:
    • Extract the file alfresco-pdf-renderer/alfresco-pdf-renderer-1.0-linux.tgz to a location of your choice.
    • Browse to the location of your saved file and extract the archive.
    • Add the following properties to the file:


Note: Use the alfresco-pdf-renderer.url property when running alfresco-pdf-renderer remotely. If you’re running alfresco-pdf-renderer locally, then you don’t need to set this property.

Language support

Translations in Community Edition use language packs. The supported language packs are:

  • English (en)
  • German (de)
  • Spanish (es)
  • French (fr)
  • Italian (it)
  • Japanese (ja)
  • Dutch (nl)
  • Norwegian - Bokmål (nb)
  • Russian (ru)
  • Brazilian Portuguese (pt_BR)
  • Simplified Chinese (zh_CN)

The language used switches according to the browser locale. Ensure that your browser is set up to view the relevant locale, which ensures that the special characters display correctly in your installed instance.

The source-localized files are encoded in ASCII, and the special and accented characters are displayed using escape sequences. The source files have been renamed using the corresponding locale for each language. For example, is called sitewelcome_ for the French version.

Although the interface is localized, the following components have not been localized, therefore, any strings originating from these components will be displayed in English.

  • SharePoint
  • LibreOffice

The following files are not localized and the error messages remain in English to ease searching for fixes to issues.

  • (partially translated)
  • (in remote-api directory)

Install integrations

Use this information to review the components or modules that integrate Community Edition with other applications.


Integrations Notes
Search Services  
Office Services  
Google Docs Integration  

Test installation

Installation testing checks that Community Edition is successfully installed and it’s working as expected after installation.

Some of the points that need to be checked prior to testing your installation are:

  • Verify that, after a successful install, the application works as expected and meets user needs.
  • On uninstall, check that all previously installed files and registry entries are removed as expected.

Post-installation checks

Once you’ve successfully installed Community Edition, test and gain familiarity with the core features and functions.

Here are some tips to familiarize yourself.

Note: We recommend that you create a test site for testing purpose and put all your test data in that site.

Start and stop server

Use this information to run the Community Edition server and Alfresco Share.

Start server

Once you’ve installed Community Edition using the distribution zip, you can start the server. The server must be running before you can use Alfresco Share.

  1. Navigate to the installation directory for your database and start the server.

  2. Navigate to the Tomcat /bin directory and start the server:

    For example: (Linux)


    For example: (Windows)


    You need administrator rights to run this command.

  3. Browse to the location of your Community Edition installation:

    For example, http://<your-host>:8080/alfresco.

Stop server

Use this information to stop the server.

  1. Navigate to the Tomcat /bin directory then choose one of these options to stop the server:

    For example: (Linux)


    For example: (Windows)


    You need administrator rights to run this command.

  2. Navigate to the installation directory for your database and stop the server.

Start Alfresco Share

Once you’ve started Community Edition, you can start Alfresco Share using a browser.

  1. Browse to the location of your installation.

    For example, http://<your-host>:8080/share.

    Alfresco Share opens in a browser.

  2. Sign in using a user name and password.

    The default administrator user name is admin.

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