Alfresco Identity Service End of Life

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Alfresco Identity Service End of Life

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With the upcoming release of Alfresco Content Services (ACS) 23.1* in Q4 2023, Hyland has chosen to begin the retirement process for Alfresco Identity Service (IDS). The end-of-life date is Sunday, September 1, 2024. More information is shared below.

* Hyland will use the new format of product name, year and version number (product name YY.#) for product and solution releases moving forward. Because of that, following version to ACS 7.4.1 will be ACS 23.1

Replacement option

Moving forward, we suggest customers use the original Keycloak project, a mature open-source project backed by Red Hat.

Currently, Alfresco IDS is a thin customized layer on top of Keycloak. Because of this, customers will not lose capabilities when transitioning from Alfresco IDS to Keycloak and the user experience will not be disruptive for existing customers.
Compatible and supported versions of Keycloak will be listed in the official documentation compatibility matrix.

Support information

The recent release of Alfresco IDS 2.0 on Monday, August 14 2023, helps to close the gap between Alfresco IDS v1.8 and the latest Keycloak distributions, making Alfresco IDS 2.0 a possible intermediate step if required.

Alfresco IDS 2.0 will be supported for one year, but Hyland will not continue the evolution or modernization of the product during this time. Because of this, using the original Keycloak project is the suggested path.

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About the Author
Angel Borroy is Hyland Developer Evangelist. Over the last 15 years, he has been working as a software architect on Java, BPM, document management and electronic signatures. He has been working with Alfresco during the last years to customize several implementations in large organizations and to provide add-ons to the Community based on Record Management and Electronic Signature. He writes (sometimes) on his personal blog He is (proud) member of the Order of the Bee.