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Apache Jackrabbit: Board Report September 2019


The Apache Jackrabbit™ content repository is a fully conforming implementation of the Content Repository for Java™ Technology API (JCR, specified in JSR 170 and 283). The Jackrabbit content repository is stable, largely feature complete and actively being maintained. Jackrabbit Oak is an effort to implement a scalable and performant hierarchical content repository as a modern successor to the Apache Jackrabbit content repository. It is targeted for use as the foundation of modern world-class web sites and other demanding
content applications. In contrast to its predecessor, Oak does not implement all optional features from the JSR specifications and it is not a reference implementation.


There are no issues requiring board attention at this time.


Apache Jackrabbit Oak receives most attention nowadays. All maintenance branches and the main development branch are continuously seeing moderate to high activity.

We made our 8th feature release of Jackrabbit Oak (1.16) end of July.

Apache Jackrabbit itself is mostly in maintenance mode with most of the work going into bug fixing and tooling. New features are mainly driven by dependencies from Jackrabbit Oak.

The project stopped supporting Jackrabbit releases from the old 2.10 branch and encouraged users to upgrade to more recent stable versions (

Four new committers were added to the project and added to the PMC in the last 3 months. There is an increased interest in the filevault components, visible in higher JIRA activity and mailing list discussions on that topic.

A hackathon planned for August was canceled because very few participants registered and no proposals were submitted for the hackathon (

Health report:

The project is healthy with a continuous stream of traffic on all mailing lists reflecting the activity of the respective component.

There is a wide range of topics being discussed on the dev and user lists as well as on the various JIRA issues.

Commit activity is moderate to high mirroring the activity on the JIRA issues and the desire of the individual contributors to bring features and improvements in for the next Jackrabbit Oak release.

PMC changes:

  • Currently 56 PMC members.
  • 4 new PMC members added in the last 3 months
  • Dominik Süß was added to the PMC on 2019-07-25
  • Konrad Windszus was added to the PMC on 2019-07-22
  • Mohit Kataria was added to the PMC on 2019-08-08
  • Nitin Gupta was added to the PMC on 2019-08-08

Committer base changes:

  • Currently 56 committers.
  • 4 new committers added in the last 3 months
  • Dominik Süß was added as committer on 2019-07-25
  • Konrad Windszus was added as committer on 2019-07-22
  • Mohit Kataria was added as committer on 2019-08-08
  • Nitin Gupta was added as committer on 2019-08-08


  • jackrabbit-oak-1.8.14 was released on 2019-07-04
  • jackrabbit-oak-1.10.3 was released on 2019-07-15
  • jackrabbit-oak-1.8.15 was released on 2019-07-16
  • filevault-package-maven-plugin-1.0.4 was released 2019-07-18
  • jackrabbit-oak-1.16.0 was released on 2019-07-29
  • jackrabbit-oak-1.10.4 was released on 2019-08-16
  • jackrabbit-2.19.4 was released on 2019-08-26
  • jackrabbit-oak-1.8.16 was released on 2019-08-29
  • jackrabbit-2.18.3 was released on 2019-08-30
  • jackrabbit-2.16.5 was released on 2019-09-05

JIRA activity:

  • 250 JIRA tickets created in the last 3 months
  • 234 JIRA tickets closed/resolved in the last 3 months