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This script automates the setting up of Alfresco Community on Ubuntu Server 9.0.4 & Ubuntu Desktop 9.0.4.

Alfresco is an enterprise content management system for Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems. Alfresco comes in two flavours . Alfresco Community Edition is free software, GPL licensed open source and open standards, but never officially stable. Alfresco Enterprise Edition is commercially / proprietary licensed open source, open standards and enterprise scale. Its design is geared towards users who require a high degree of modularity and scalable performance. Alfresco includes a content repository, an out-of-the-box web portal framework for managing and using standard portal content, a CIFS interface that provides file system compatibility on Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems, a web content management system capable of virtualizing webapps and static sites via Apache Tomcat, Lucene indexing, and jBPM workflow. The Alfresco system is developed using Java technology.

Requirements: A fresh installation of Ubuntu Server 9.0.4 or Ubuntu Desktop 9.0.4. Apache is installed by this script. This means that the script expects to deal with default config files. TIP: test this script within a Virtual Machine after installing Ubuntu 9.04 from scratch.

Run the script as non-root with the following commands:

$ sudo apt-get install gzip
$ gzip -d
$ chmod +x
$ ./

You will be asked for:
1) The DNS Name your Alfresco service will be available at
2) IP address your Alfresco service will be listening on
3) Your LANG
4) Etc.

Your brandnew Alfresco Community Edition will be reached with a web browser at:
http://YOUR-DNS-NAME/alfresco/faces/ (admin/admin)
http://YOUR-DNS-NAME/alfresco (guest)
Language Pack Installation:


August 3, 2009 - Posted by | Content Management Systems (CMS), Scripting, Turnkey, Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server Canonical |


  1. hiho …

    … any idea if the script will work under 8.04 LTS by using the apt-sources from jaunty ?

    Comment by ElMuchacho | September 16, 2009 | Reply

    • I never tried Jaunty/9.04 repositores on Hardy/8.04.. but I don’t think this can work.

      As it seems like there are no Alfresco repositores for Hardy, I recommend to install Alfresco’s source code on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS.

      Comment by I. Fernández | September 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. right now I’ve installed a server 9.04 from scratch and after update + upgrade ur installer is running 😉
    hope, this will help for my first tests in integrating alfresco in zarafa …

    Comment by ElMuchacho | September 16, 2009 | Reply

    • ok …
      it’s running …
      tried to change lang-pack to german …
      but … how to restart alfresco ?
      no init-script ?
      usually … didn’t found it ;(

      Comment by ElMuchacho | September 16, 2009 | Reply

      • Restart Alfresco by restarting Tomcat (servlets container):

        sudo /etc/init.d/tomcat6 restart
        sudo service tomcat6 restart

        Apache can then be restarted with:

        sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
        sudo service apache2 restart

        Comment by opensourceconsultant | September 16, 2009 | Reply

      • ty … works

        Comment by elmuchacho | September 16, 2009 | Reply

  3. language-pack install ok …
    but option for language selection can’t be edited in case of missing “web-client-config-custom.xml” …

    Comment by elmuchacho | September 16, 2009 | Reply

    • Seems like there’s no sample file for “web-client-config-custom.xml”… Maybe you can try to create it and add your language locale as specified in the wiki page.

      Comment by opensourceconsultant | September 16, 2009 | Reply

  4. Cool. Thanks.
    I have the web interface up, but there’s no Share site and no access to the CIFS. Any idea what I might be doing wrong?

    Comment by David Baker | September 17, 2009 | Reply

    • Ah, yes — I found out how to get to the Share web site, but I still can’t seem to get the CIFS interface from within Windows…

      Comment by David Baker | September 17, 2009 | Reply

      • When running the Alfresco CIFS server under linux make sure that the firewall is open for CIFS access

        Comment by I. Fernández | September 17, 2009 | Reply

      • I just turned of the firewall completely on my Alfresco server and on my Windows box. Still no CIFS. Did anybody else get CIFS working with this script? Thanks for the help!

        Comment by David Baker | September 17, 2009 | Reply

      • As this is a configuration issue, If I were you I would take a look at Alfresco Community’s docs and Alfresco’s forum.

        Comment by I. Fernández | September 17, 2009 | Reply

      • Finally got CIFS going along with everything else. I’ve written a short How-To on how I got it working. Check it out at

        Comment by David Baker | September 30, 2009 | Reply

  5. After installation I can reach only alfresco/share
    alfresco/faces gets me back this error:

    HTTP Status 404 – /faces/

    type Status report

    message /faces/

    description The requested resource (/faces/) is not available.
    Apache Tomcat/6.0.18

    Comment by Pietro | September 28, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hi David, thanks for you Howto. Appreciated.

    Comment by I. Fernández | September 30, 2009 | Reply

  7. Installed on virgin 9.04 server. After many false starts on other distros/versions this was as smooth as butter.

    Thanks a lot for saving me lots of time…pity I didn’t find this sooner.

    Good work.

    — r

    Comment by rdb | October 1, 2009 | Reply

  8. This worked fantastic. Thank you. CIFS didnt’ work but I don’t need it so its no biggie.
    I have a big big favor to ask you…
    I got another server with centos 5.4 x86_64 but running into so many hair pulling moments… can I trouble you for a script that can do this for centos?

    Comment by jasmine | November 20, 2009 | Reply

  9. The script worked great! However, what needs to be done in order to make other computers on the network see this? Thanks!

    Comment by Matt | December 2, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi Matt,

      Update your DNS system with your chosen DNS Name to make this Alfresco service available on your network.


      Comment by I. Fernández | December 6, 2009 | Reply

  10. what a typo: In your script, you set the localhost to and not to!!!

    Comment by pelle | January 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Take a look at ubuntu’s hosts file: and are set up by default

      Comment by opensourceconsultant | January 18, 2010 | Reply

  11. Any idea if the script will work under9.10 server edition?
    Otherwise what I need to change to make it works?
    any help is really appreciable.

    Comment by agbrand | January 27, 2010 | Reply

  12. I tried your script but and i get for both pages HTTP Status 404 .

    Ubuntu 9.04

    Any clue?

    Thanks in advance

    Comment by Rub | February 3, 2010 | Reply

    • firefox versus Ubuntu graph is inentrstieg. Being a trained skeptic, here’s the first set of questions it brings up in my head. Why are people searching google for the term firefox? Are most firefox queries done by firefox users? Are the being done by people looking to install firefox? What would happen if firefox was pre-installed and was the default browser would the google queries involving the firefox term go down significantly? How often do users of firefox query google for firefox versus how often non-users of firefox query google about firefox?I use firefox. I don’t make a habit of googling for it. Do you? Do you make it a habit of googling for information about firefox, while actively using it on a daily basis?Now replace firefox with Ubuntu in my questions and see if you come up with the same sort of intuition with regard to how to explain the querying habits. Google trends are difficult to understand without having some sort of mental model that explains querying habits. If you don’t have confidence in same mental model to explain the query habits for both the firefox and Ubuntu terms they might not be good comparisons even though the trends are similar.-jef

      Comment by Dipesh | January 14, 2013 | Reply

  13. Hi Rub,

    This script is interactive and simple compared to the openerp allinone installer..

    You will be asked for your right IP address and your mysql admin password. If your mysql password is not correct, you won’t get access to the backend. Your mysql admin password will be asked twice: 1) to set it up. 2) to gain access from alfresco.

    Actually I’ve just tested it again on a fresh install of Ubuntu 9.04 and still seems to be working fine…

    Comment by I. Fernández | February 4, 2010 | Reply

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