03 Jun

Alfresco Community: 5.x Complete HowTo Installation Guide

Complete Alfresco Community 5.x HowTo Installation on Debian 7 including MySQL, SSL, Sharepoint SSL, CIFS Config, Data Import and User Import

Hardware suggestion: i tested with 250GB Files (Office Files, Pictures, Movies, …)
24GB+ 16GB is not enough your machine will swap
QuadCore CPU (8cores – 4 physical and 4 hyperthreading) i7

1.dns, reverse dns or host settings need to be done FIRST
2.download alfresco community edition and make it executeable
Download Alfreco from http://www.alfresco.com/products/community
chmod +x alfresco-community-5.0.c-installer-linux-x64.bin

3.download mysql connector from http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/j/
(platform independet mysql-connector-java-5.1.34.tar.gz) you do NOT need a free oracle web account
just click no thanks just start my download
or use wget:
unpack the driver:
tar -xvzf mysql-connector-java-5.1.34.tar.gz
3. install LIBS
Different Libs for image support (ImageMagick), SWFTools (Flash), etc

aptitude install mysql-server mysql-client ImageMagick GhostScript smbclient libjpeg62 libgif4 ffmpeg
(set mysql root) **YOURPASSWORD**
aptitude install libart-2.0-2
aptitude install swftools
4. Libre Office
aptitude install libreoffice
aptitude install install ttf-mscorefonts-installer fonts-droid
5. make sure u have smtp and imap server rdy and access to it.
6. MySQL
Prepare Database.
Connect to ur local mysql server:
mysql –host=localhost –user=root –password

Create the database and grant access:
GRANT SELECT,INSERT,UPDATE,DELETE,CREATE,DROP,ALTER,INDEX on alfresco .* to alfresco@localhost identified by ‚**YOURPASSWORD**‘;
7. Alfresco installation **Atention** do not directly start alfresco at the end of the instalation“

Language Selection
Please select the installation language
[1] English – English
[2] French – Français
[3] Spanish – Español
[4] Italian – Italiano
[5] German – Deutsch
[6] Japanese – ???
[7] Dutch – Nederlands
[8] Russian – ???????
[9] Simplified Chinese – ????
[10] Norwegian – Norsk bokmål
[11] Brazilian Portuguese – Português Brasileiro
Please choose an option [1] : 1
Welcome to the Alfresco Community Setup Wizard.
Installation Type
[1] Easy – Installs servers with the default configuration
[2] Advanced – Configures server ports and service properties.: Also choose optional components to install.
Please choose an option [1] : 2
Select the components you want to install; clear the components you do not want
to install. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
Java [Y/n] :
PostgreSQL [Y/n] :n
Alfresco : Y (Cannot be edited)
Solr1 [y/N] :
Solr4 [Y/n] :
SharePoint [Y/n] :
Web Quick Start [y/N] :
Google Docs Integration [Y/n] :
LibreOffice [Y/n] :
Is the selection above correct? [Y/n]:

Installation Folder
Please choose a folder to install Alfresco Community
Select a folder [/opt/alfresco-5.0.c]: /opt/alfresco
Database Configuration
JDBC URL: [jdbc:postgresql://localhost/alfresco]: jdbc:mysql://localhost/alfresco
JDBC Driver: [org.postgresql.Driver]: com.mysql.jdbc.Driver
Database name: [alfresco]:
Username: []: alfresco
Password: :
Verify: :
Tomcat Port Configuration
Please enter the Tomcat configuration parameters you wish to use.
Web Server domain: []:
Tomcat Server Port: [8080]:
Tomcat Shutdown Port: [8005]:
Tomcat SSL Port [8443]:
Tomcat AJP Port: [8009]:
Alfresco FTP Port
Please choose a port number to use for the integrated Alfresco FTP server.
Port: [21]:
Alfresco RMI Port
Please choose a port number for Alfresco to use to execute remote commands.
Port: [50500]:
Admin Password
Please give a password to use for the Alfresco administrator account.
Admin Password: :
Repeat Password: :
Alfresco SharePoint Port
Please choose a port number for the SharePoint protocol.
Port: [7070]:
Install as a service
You can optionally register Alfresco Community as a service. This way it will
automatically be started every time the machine is started.
Install Alfresco Community as a service? [Y/n]:
LibreOffice Server Port
Please enter the port that the Libreoffice Server will listen to by default.
LibreOffice Server Port [8100]:

Setup is now ready to begin installing Alfresco Community on your computer.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n]:
Please wait while Setup installs Alfresco Community on your computer.
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Setup has finished installing Alfresco Community on your computer.
View Readme File [Y/n]: n
Launch Alfresco Community Share [Y/n]: n

8. copy the mqsql driver
cp mysql-connector-java-5.1.34-bin.jar /opt/alfresco/tomcat/lib
9. start alfresco
service alfresco start
Using CATALINA_BASE: /opt/alfresco/tomcat
Using CATALINA_HOME: /opt/alfresco/tomcat
Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /opt/alfresco/tomcat/temp
Using JRE_HOME: /opt/alfresco/java
Using CLASSPATH: /opt/alfresco/tomcat/bin/bootstrap.jar:/FS/alfresco/tomcat/bin/tomcat-juli.jar
Using CATALINA_PID: /opt/alfresco/tomcat/temp/catalina.pid
Tomcat started.
/opt/alfresco/tomcat/scripts/ctl.sh : tomcat started

10. check catalina.out log
tail -f /opt/alfresco/tomcat/logs/catalina.out

own cifs settings for changing the sharename from alfresco to your choice
1. stop alfresco
service alfresco stop
2. edit the alfresco-global.properties file
vi /opt/alfresco/tomcat/shared/classes/alfresco-global.properties
add the following lines before the ### database connection properties ### and change your-volume-name

#mycifs settings

3. start alfresco
service alfresco start

Import Data: I use both ways (Import Tool and rsync) because i always get errors on special characters

optional bulkimport: (the way to preserve timestamps..)
1. mount the data to import on the alfresco host (ex. nfs, cifs, afp)
2. Importtool Url:
3. directorys
Import Dir: mounted filesystem

Target Space:
/Company Home/Sites/YOURSITE/documentLibrary

batch size:
a recomanded value is 100
number of threads:
2 * number of cores


look for import errors:
tail -f /opt/alfresco/tomcat/catalina.out

optional bulkiport using rsync: (ATENTION! Timestamps will not be preserved)
im using an osx machine because i have to import from an afp volume
but u can use the rsync also directly on linux. the exclude is for dot files you can use it or not…
if you are trying to sync multiple times you maybe need the –delete flag.
rsync -av –size-only –ignore-times –no-links –exclude ‚.*‘ /Volumes/YOURDATA/ /Volumes/Alfresco/Sites/YOURSITE/documentLibrary/

optional: SSL securing alfresco with mod_jk and apache2 proxy:
1. aptitude install apache2
2. aptitude install libapache2-mod-jk
3. creating a certificte:
cd /etc/apache2
mkdir cert
cd cert
openssl req -x509 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout vhost1.key -out vhost1.crt -days 3000

4. check the workers.properties file for worker name
cat /etc/libapache2-mod-jk/workers.properties

5. modify /etc/apache2/sites-available/default-ssl
edit your cert and key location
#SSLCertificateFile /etc/ssl/certs/ssl-cert-snakeoil.pem
#SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/ssl/private/ssl-cert-snakeoil.key
SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/cert/vhost1.crt
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/apache2/cert/vhost1.key

apend the following at the end right before
jkMount /* ajp13_worker

6. enable the ssl site
a2ensite default-ssl
a2enmod ssl
service apache2 restart
enter the private key pass phrase

7. change alfresco port in /opt/alfresco/tomcat/shared/classes/alfresco-global.properties


optional enable sharepoint ssl protocol: using the solr4 predefiend certificate

** Silverlight Plugin have to be installed on your Client to work with the Sharepint Protocol. **

1. add the following in /opt/alfresco/tomcat/shared/classes/alfresco-global.properties
right after the share.port entries:

vti.server.external.host=IMPORTANT ADD YOUR FQDN here yourhost.yourdomain.com

2. create the file /opt/alfresco/tomcat/shared/classes/alfresco/extension/vti-custom-context.xml
with the following content:


optional import users:
1. create a excel file like the following

User Name First Name Last Name E-mail Address Password Company Job Title Location Telephone Mobile Skype IM Google User Name Address Address Line 2 Address Line 3 Post Code Telephone Fax Email
TestUser Mike Test testmail@mailserver.com

2. export the file as csv
open the csv file in an texteditor and replace every ; with , and save the file.

3. import the users:
login to your alfresco site as admin and navigate to the „Admin-Tools -> Users“ page.
upload csv file and your users should be created

4. set password of each user manual (i did not find out how to import the users with passwords)