Best Comparation of LifeRay vs Alfresco

Many Think of what is the difference between Liferay and Alfresco.

Here are some of the Comparations.

Comparation of LifeRay vs Alfresco



  • Document Library & Image Gallery
  • Web Publishing
  • Integration with Microsoft Office®
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Multiple File Uploads
  • Workspace Publishing
  • Easy Integration
  • Live Page Editing and Scheduling
  • Dynamic Tagging
  • Multi-Tier Search
  • Dynamic Virtual Hosting
  • Asset Publisher
  • Multi-language Support
  • Drag-and-Drop Site Maps
  • Library Services – Check-in/out; minor and major version control
  • Auditing Services – Who created, who updated, when created, when updated, when read, when logged in
  • Search Services – Combined metadata, content, location, object type and tag search. OpenSearch support
  • Transformation Services – Extensible engine with large number of in-built transformations including Office to PDF or Flash
  • Thumbnailing Services – Content thumbnailing of first page
  • Content Modeling – Create new content types without the overhead of inheritance
Collaboration and Social Features
  • Wikis
  • Message Boards
  • Blogs
  • RSS
  • Activity Tracking
  • Instant Message
  • Email
  • Shared Calendar
  • Announcements & Alerts
  • Polls
  • REST based Services – Site, person, invite, activities, preferences, discussion, blogging and commenting
  • Activity Services – Activity feed on the “who, what, when and where” of repository services – new or edited content, comments, new team members, critical calendar dates
  • Out-of-the-box Tools
  • SOA Framework
  • Secure Single Sign On (SSO)
  • Granular, Role-Based Authorizations
  • Communities & Organizations
  • Single-Click Configuration
  • Dynamic Drag & Drop
  • Work From Your Desktop
  • Search & Tagging
  • Personal User Pages
  • Multi-language Support
  • Choice or hardware, operating system, database, application server, web server, load balancer, portal, browser, Office
  • Simple download and installation
  • Zero footprint client
  • Security and user management with users, groups and roles
  • Document-level security
  • Single sign-on through NTLM or LDAP
  • Workflow Services
  • Rules and Aspects Services
  • Multi-Tenancy
  • Single Unified Repository
  • Most Scalable Java Content Repository
  • High availability clustered, federated or replicated architecture
  • Deployment and Staging services
  • Pluggable Services Architecture – e.g. new transformation engines for video
1. Liferay is by heart a portal solution with a very strong & active community behind it and an impressive clientele to prove its credentials. Alfresco is an Enterprise Content Management Software which also has an equally powerful & vigorous community supporting it and an imposing set of customers using the software. This is again, the most admired ECMS solution available in today’s open source market.
2. Liferay has been wonderful in handling portal problems and its scalability have been the main driver that helped itself to be adopted in a variety of business verticals. However, as since its primary focus has been a portal solution, the document and content management capabilities of this framework does not make it very much enterprise ready, and not at all extensible, specially if we compare it with proper document and content management systems. However, the collaboration features of Liferay are definitely quite powerful. On the other hand, Alfresco has been fantastic as an Enterprise Document and Content Management solution. The framework’s architecture, functionality and extensibility makes it really the best choice for an enterprise business. Having features like customizable workflow, templated UI, user-defined data-types, powerful rules engine etc makes this one of the best ECMS solution. Conversely, since it is not intended to be a collaboration solution, these features are not very well provided.
3. Good Web Interface The Web interface is not at all suitable for business users.
4. In case of Integrated Solutions iferay providing the portal environment while Alfresco sits at the lower level of the stack supplying the content management services.
5. support Single Sign On support Single Sign On
6. standard LDAP providers standard LDAP providers
7. Alfresco can be integrated in Liferay Alfresco Web Script is a very great framework which makes this solution even more feasible and extensible. Web Scripts can be used as a pltaform of SOA architecture based solution as well as these can be used as standard JSR portlets deployed in Liferay.
8. Targets Collaborative Document Management System Targets Collaborative Document Management System
9. Liferay has launched Liferay Social Office, offers features such as Wikis, Blogs, Document Libraries, Calendar, Sites, Message Boards, Activities etc – On the other hand, Alfresco has also launched Alfresco Share, offering almost similar features like Document Library, Sites, Wikis, Blogs, Activities, SharePoint protocol support etc.
10. Liferay started out as a project for a local church and grew into one of the most popular open source portal systems around (in a very competitive portal market). Alfresco’s heritage is in large companies like Documentum and Interwoven and they have quickly become one of the most recognizable names in open source content management.

Now the big question is, where these two systems are leading to? As the document management, record management features are not main focus of Liferay, similarly the collaboration features are not the most important offerings of Alfresco.

It will be quite interesting to see in next few months or years how these systems grow and place themselves as complementary or competitive solutions.

In no question that Liferay in race till now but Alfresco is going to be the competitor for Liferay in near future