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The official documentation is at:

Welcome to the Alfresco Labs 3c release.


Alfresco Labs 3c has six main components.

Alfresco Web Studio

Alfresco Web Studio provides an ease-of-use experience for building websites. It offers a quick start experience and provide ease-of-use comparable to that of a Drupal or a Joomla.

To get started, browse through the Web Studio Tutorials.

Alfresco Web Studio is a visual design tool for the Alfresco Surf Platform.

Alfresco Draft CMIS Implementation

The Alfresco Labs 3C release includes a Draft CMIS Implementation.

The Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) specification defines a domain model and set of API bindings, that can be used by applications to work with one or more Enterprise Content Management repositories or systems.

The Alfresco Draft CMIS Implementation includes:

  • CMIS REST API binding
  • CMIS Web Services API binding
  • CMIS query language
  • Apache Abdera CMIS Extension
  • CMIS REST API Binding Test Harness

The CMIS technical draft specification (v0.5), announced Sept 10th 2008, has been developed jointly by EMC, IBM, Microsoft, Alfresco, Open Text, Oracle, and SAP.

For more information on the CMIS implementation, refer to CMIS.

Read what our CTO, John Newton has to say about CMIS

Microsoft Office SharePoint Protocol Support

The Microsoft Office SharePoint protocol support offers Microsoft users greater choice by providing them with the first open source fully-compatible SharePoint repository. Companies can leverage existing investments in Linux, Java as well as Microsoft .NET connection software to significantly reduce their SharePoint total cost of ownership and maximize their hardware and software investments.

Download Getting Started with Alfresco Share for Labs 3 to get a first view on what you can do with with the Microsoft Office SharePoint Protocol support via Share.

Alfresco Surf Platform

The Alfresco Surf platform enables you to build dynamic, REST-oriented web applications and collaborative web sites.

It is built on Alfresco Web Scripts technology which uses light-weight scripting and templating. The Surf platform is designed to work in a number of different web environments, as well as a Web Part in Microsoft SharePoint Portal. It includes content oriented components designed around the Yahoo!® User Interface (YUI) Library and Adobe® Flash® for dynamic uploads and previewing of content and other information. The new user interface components make it much simpler for users to develop new collaborative web applications.

Refer to Surf Platform for detailed information.

Alfresco Share

Alfresco Share was built using the Surf platform in September 2008. The Labs version of Alfresco Share is available in Alfresco Labs 3c.

Download Getting Started with Alfresco Share for Labs 3 to get a first view on what you can do with Alfresco Share.

For a detailed list of Alfresco Share features within these components, refer to the Alfresco Share feature list.

Alfresco Repository Public API

The Repository Public API provides content and collaboration services for customizing and developing Alfresco applications. Labs 3b introduces new services such as site management, site activities, tagging, commenting, thumbnails, blogs, wikis, and forums to support social collaboration.

The Repository Public API has two forms:

  1. A RESTful API for remotely connecting to the Repository as used by Alfresco Share.
  2. A Javascript API for developing extensions to the Repository (as used in Web Scripts, Actions etc).

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Download and Installation

For instructions on how to download and install Alfresco Labs refer to Downloading and Installing Alfresco Labs 3c.

Release Notes

Refer to Release Notes for details of the Alfresco Labs 3c build.


Alfresco Labs, formerly known as Alfresco Community Edition, has undertaken this new name to more accurately describe the 'laboratory'-like process offering the latest functionality, a daily build, and the platform for the Alfresco Community.

Alfresco Labs 3 FAQ

Alfresco Labs 3 FAQ

Community experience

To add your own experience of using Alfresco Labs 3, see the Alfresco Labs 3 Community experience page.

Community Edition
Labs 3c