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The official documentation is at:

These instructions describe how to install Alfresco Community on Windows.

Download and install Alfresco

To download and install Alfresco:

  1. Browse to [Alfresco Labs Download].
  2. Select Download Alfresco Labs. You are directed to an optional feedback form. To skip the form click Skip to download page. You are redirected to the Source Forge download page. The Source Forge download page shows a list of different download files and some PDF documentation files. Each download file contains the appropriate software depending on what you already have installed on your system.
  3. Select the file AlfrescoCommunity-2.9.0B-Setup.exe. This download file contains all the software you will need for installing Alfresco.
  4. When the file is downloaded, ensure that you are logged in to the Windows server as a local administrator.
  5. In Explorer, double-click the file AlfrescoCommunity-2.9.0B-Setup.exe.
    The install wizard for Alfresco Community Network starts. A message asks if you want to install Alfresco Community Network on your computer.
  6. In the message box, click Yes.
  7. In the Welcome window, click Next.
  8. Accept the licence agreement and click Yes.
  9. Choose a directory in which to install Alfresco (or accept the default ), and click Next.
  10. The Extra Components screen shows two options:
  • Download and install JDK component
  • Download and install component
If you have JDK version 1.5 and OpenOffice installed on your system, the two check boxes will be unselected, so click Next. If one or both JDK version 5 and OpenOffice are not installed, and the relevant check box is selected, click Next. The setup program will download and install the applications for you. If JDK 1.5 is installed but the check box is still selected, you may need to set the JAVA_HOME environment variable.

  1. Confirm that the installation directory is correct, and click Next.
    If you requested the setup program to download JDK and/or OpenOffice, they are downloaded and installed. When this is complete, Alfresco is installed.
  2. If you are already registered with the Alfresco Community, click Next.
  3. For a standard installation, you do not need to run the configuration wizard. Unselect the check box for running the configuration wizard.
  4. Click Finish.

Running Alfresco

Once you have installed Alfresco, test the installation by starting the Alfresco server and then running the web client. For information on how to start the server and web client, see Running Alfresco

Custom Install

If you prefer to install all of the components separately, you can follow the custom install instructions. For the custom install, you must install the following:

Here is a step by step guide used to successfully install Alfresco 2.2 ECM on Windows Server 2003.

Download and install JDK

If you already have J2SE Development Kit 5.0 installed, ignore the following instructions.

To install JDK 5.0:

  1. Browse to the java download site.
  2. Download the JDK package.
  3. Install JDK.

Running the configuration wizard

When you have installed Alfresco, you can run the configuration wizard as follows:

  1. Run the configure.exe file in the root of the Alfresco installation folder.
  2. To specify the database, in the Welcome window of the configuration wizard, click Next.
  3. In the Choose Database Type window, select a different database, and click Next.
    To use MySQL (or another database), you must first install the database, and then set up the database. See Setting up the MySQL database for Alfresco.
  4. Choose a directory to store the Alfresco Content Store or accept the default, and click Next.
  5. Choose a directory to store the Lucene Indexes or accept the default, and click Next.
  6. Select the directory where OpenOffice is installed, and click Next.  For more information on setting up OpenOffice see Setting up OpenOffice for Alfresco.
  7. In the Configuration Complete window, click Finish.

The wizard closes and your configuration is saved. You can modify the configuration at any time by
repeating the procedure from step 1.

Optional components for Alfresco

The following components integrate with Alfresco and these can be installed anytime before or after installing Alfresco:

  • OpenOffice - Alfresco uses OpenOffice to transform files from one format to another, for example, from Word to HTML, from PDF to text, from HTML to XHTML, and so on. You must install OpenOffice to have a range of document transformations available to you in Alfresco.
  • ImageMagick - ImageMagick is a software suite that can read, convert, and write images in a variety of formats. You must install and configure ImageMagick to enable image manipulation in Alfresco.
  • JMagick - JMagick is a Java API to ImageMagick.
  • Microsoft Office® add-ins - Alfresco add-ins are available for Microsoft® Office applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.