Installation and Setup

Liferay Portal is one of the most flexible applications on the market today with regard to application server environments. It supports a wide variety of application servers, freeing you to use the Java application server you think is best. Liferay also scales very well: you can install Liferay Portal on everything from a shared hosting account to a multi-node cluster running a commercial application server and on everything in between. In fact, Liferay is used successfully in all of these scenarios every day.

You’ll find that because Liferay is extremely flexible in its deployment options, it is also easy to install. If you already have an application server, you can use the tools for deployment that came with your application server. If you don’t have an application server, Liferay provides several application server bundles from which to choose. These are pre-configured application servers with Liferay already installed in them. They’re very easy to install and with a small amount of configuration can be made into production-ready systems.

The installation steps vary slightly according to your Liferay edition, so we’ll be sure to let you know when they are different.

Editions of Liferay

Liferay ships in two editions: one for the community and one for enterprise subscribers. The community edition is the same Liferay Portal that has been available for years: frequently updated and...

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Obtaining Liferay Portal

The Liferay community can download Liferay Portal from our web site at http://www.liferay.com. Click the Downloads link at the top of the page, and you’ll see multiple options for getting a copy of...

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Liferay installation overview

Before we begin, it’s important to go over the various facets of the installation. They are: Create your database. Determine whether you want to use the Liferay managed data source or a data source...

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Liferay’s database

The recommended way of setting up your Liferay database also happens to be the simplest. Liferay Portal takes care of just about everything. The only thing you need to do is create a blank database...

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Liferay Marketplace

The Liferay Marketplace is an integral part of the Liferay Portal experience. Starting with Liferay Portal 6.2, the Marketplace plugin is required to be installed alongside Liferay Portal. The...

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Liferay Home

Liferay Portal uses a special folder defined as Liferay Home. This folder is usually one folder higher than the location of the application server itself. This is why the bundles place the...

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Configuring Liferay Portal Security

As you probably know, Liferay Marketplace is an online store for obtaining applications that run on the Liferay Portal platform. These applications are provided not only by Liferay, but also by...

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Choosing IPv4 or IPv6

Liferay Portal supports both the IPv4 and IPv6 address formats, though by default, Liferay uses IPv4 addresses. If you’re on an IPv6 network, you’ll need to change the configuration. If you’d like...

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Installing a bundle

Liferay bundles contain the same directory structure regardless of application server. The top-level folder is named for the release of Liferay. This folder is called Liferay Home, and we refer to...

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App Servers

When it comes time to install Liferay Portal on your server, you’ll find it’s easiest to do this by starting with a bundle. But many organizations can’t do that. There may be an existing...

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Installing Liferay on an existing application server

This section contains detailed instructions for installing Liferay Portal using its .war file distribution. This allows system administrators to deploy Liferay in existing application server...

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Installing Liferay on Mulesoft Tcat

For this section, we will refer to your Tcat server’s installation location as [TCAT_HOME]. If you don’t already have an existing Tcat server, we recommend you download a Liferay/Tcat bundle from...

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Installing Liferay on GlassFish 4

Liferay Home is three folders above your GlassFish domain folder. For example, if your domain location is /glassfish-4.0-web/glassfish4/glassfish/domains/domain1, Liferay Home is...

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Installing Liferay on JBoss 7.1

Liferay Home is one folder above JBoss’s install location. Download and install JBoss AS 7.1.x into your preferred directory. This directory is referred to as $JBOSS_HOME throughout this section....

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Installing Liferay on Tomcat 7

Liferay Home is one folder above Tomcat’s install location. For this section, we will refer to your Tomcat server’s installation location as $TOMCAT_HOME. If you do not already have an existing...

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Installing Liferay on Oracle WebLogic 12c (12.1.2 and higher)

In this section, you’ll learn how to install Liferay on Oracle WebLogic 12c. Since you’re using Oracle WebLogic, you may wonder if Liferay supports XA transactions. Liferay doesn’t require XA...

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Installing Liferay on WebSphere 8.5

Tip: Throughout this installation and configuration process, WebSphere prompts you to Click Save to apply changes to Master Configuration. Do so intermittently to save your changes. Liferay Home is...

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Using Liferay’s setup wizard

To make it easy to configure Liferay optimally for your use, the first thing you see when browsing to your newly installed Liferay bundle is a setup wizard. This gives you a convenient way to...

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Manual Configuration

You don’t have to use the setup wizard to configure Liferay. The setup wizard behind the scenes creates a configuration file that you can create manually. Create a text file called...

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Making Liferay Coexist with Other Java EE Applications

Liferay Portal by default is configured to sit at the root (i.e., /) of your application server. Dedicating your application server to running only Liferay Portal is a good practice, allowing for...

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Understanding Liferay’s Releases

Which version of Liferay should you install? That’s an easy question to answer: if this is a new installation, we recommend you install the latest version available. If you want to understand how...

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Summary

This chapter is a guide to everything about installing Liferay. Whether you choose a Liferay bundle or an existing application server, Liferay Portal integrates seamlessly with your enterprise Java...

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