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Apache Jackrabbit: Board Report December 2021


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.

Membership Data:

Apache Jackrabbit was founded 2006-03-15 (15 years ago) There are currently 58 committers and 58 PMC members in this project. The Committer-to-PMC ratio is 1:1.

Community changes, past quarter:

  • No new PMC members. Last addition was Miroslav Smiljanic on 2020-10-27.
  • No new committers. Last addition was Miroslav Smiljanic on 2020-10-27.

Project Activity:

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

We continue making regular maintenance releases of Jackrabbit Oak. The most recent release was Jackrabbit Oak 1.6.22 made available on November 19th. According to planned release schedule of the project, the next feature release for Jackrabbit Oak is long overdue. The majority of Jackrabbit Oak users and committers seems to be using maintenance releases or 3rd party builds created from trunk, reducing the need for new feature releases.

The PMC decided to retire the Jackrabbit Oak 1.4 maintenance branch. There will be no more releases from this branch. Users of 1.4.x are encouraged to use 1.40.0 or 1.22.8 instead.

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.

Community Health:

The project is healthy with a continuous stream of traffic mostly on the JIRA issues and GitHub pull requests reflecting the activity of the respective component.

Commit activity is moderate, 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.


  • jackrabbit-filevault-3.5.4 was released on 2021-10-05
  • jackrabbit-2.21.8 was released on 2021-10-08
  • jackrabbit-oak-1.22.9 was released on 2021-10-11
  • jackrabbit-filevault-maven-plugin-1.2.2 was released on 2021-10-18
  • jackrabbit-2.20.4 was released on 2021-11-06
  • jackrabbit-oak-1.8.25 was released on 2021-11-08
  • jackrabbit-oak-1.6.22 was released on 2021-11-19
  • jackrabbit-filevault-3.5.6 was released on 2021-11-25

JIRA activity:

  • 101 JIRA tickets created in the last 3 months
  • 89 JIRA tickets closed/resolved in the last 3 months