BroadleafCommerce is an open-source, e-commerce framework written entirely in Java on top of the Spring framework. It is targeted at facilitating the development of enterprise-class, commerce-driven sites by providing a robust data model, services and specialized tooling that take care of most of the "heavy lifting" work. To accomplish this goal, we have developed our platform based on the key feature sets required by world-class online retailers - and we're committed to continually expanding our feature offering. We've also taken extra steps to guarantee interoperability with today's enterprise by utilizing standards wherever possible and incorporating best-of-breed, open-source software libraries from the community.
Check out our Getting Started guide to quickly kick off your Broadleaf-enabled website.
Key Features and Technologies
Spring is the enterprise Java platform on which BroadleafCommerce is based. It provides numerous features, including dependency injection and transaction control.
Spring Security provides a robust security framework for controlling authentication and authorization at both the code and page level and is utilized by BroadleafCommerce for access control.
JPA and Hibernate represent the BroadleafCommerce ORM infrastructure for controlling persistence of our rich domain model.
Flexible domain search capabilities in BroadleafCommerce are provided through integration with Solr.
Scheduling of repetitive tasks in BroadleafCommerce is offered through the Quartz job scheduling system.
Email support is provided throughout the BroadleafCommerce framework in either synchronous or asynchronous (JMS) modes. Email presentation customization is achieved via Thymeleaf templates.
Important e-commerce touchpoints are embodied in the concept of BroadleafCommerce "Modules". A module can provide interaction with a credit card processor, or even a shipping provider. Any number of custom modules may be developed and utilized with BroadleafCommerce.
Key areas in the e-commerce lifecycle are represented as configurable workflows. Implementors have full control over the keys steps in pricing and checkout, allowing manipulation of module ordering, overriding existing module behavior and custom module execution. Composite workflows are also supported to achieve more exotic, nested behavior.
BroadleafCommerce is designed from the ground-up with extensibility in mind. Almost every aspect of BroadleafCommerce can be overridden, added to or otherwise modified to enhance or change the default behavior to best fit your needs. This includes all of our services, data access objects and entities. Please refer to the extensibility section of our documentation.
As an extra bonus to our extensibility model, we offer a custom merge facility for Spring configuration files. We minimize the BroadleafCommerce configuration semantics that an implementer must be aware of, allowing our users to focus on their own configuration particulars. BroadleafCommerce will intelligently merge its own configuration information with that provided by the implementer at runtime.
Presentation Layer Support
BroadleafCommerce also includes a number of pre-written Spring MVC controllers that help to speed development of the presentation layer of your own BroadleafCommerce-driven site.
BroadleafCommerce also provides quality of service monitoring for modules (both custom and default modules) and provides support for several QOS handlers out-of-the-box: logging and email. Additional, custom QOS handlers may be added through our open API.
BroadleafCommerce includes a highly-configurable system for including your pricing promotions. We provide several standard levels at which promotions may be applied: Order level, Order Item level and Fulfillment Group level. In addition, your promotion business rules are represented in a flexible and standardized way using the MVEL expression language.
We have taken measures in the construction and design of BroadleafCommerce to help you achieve PCI compliance, should you decide to store and use sensitive customer financial account information. Payment account information is referenced separately, allowing you to segregate confidential data onto a separate, secure database platform. API methods have been added to allow inclusion of any PCI compliant encryption scheme. Also, verbose logging is included to track payment interaction history.
BroadleafCommerce includes a wholely extendible administrative application built with Spring MVC. The admin application also provides an easy-to-use interface for catalog, order and customer functions and provides a robust, rule-driven environment for creating and managing discount promotions.
BroadleafCommerce provides a robust set of admin presentation annotations that allow configuration of domain class display and persistence semantics without touching any admin code. This provides an easy-to-consume approach for introducing entity extensions and additional fields into the admin forms so that your business users can immediately start to benefit. We also provide a full annotation or xml-based approach for overriding the admin config declared inside BroadleafCommerce so that you can have an impact on our defaults. And for more advanced customizations, our admin platform is based on Spring MVC, so your Spring knowledge will translate here as well when it comes to adding additional controllers, and the like.
BroadleafCommerce includes a robust content management system for creating and managing static pages and content. We also include a powerful content targeting feature that allows business users to dynamically drive the most appropriate content to users.
Local Framework Development
Broadleaf Commerce recommends JDK 1.7, but will build/run with JDK 1.6 or 1.7. At this time Broadleaf has not been tested with Java 8.
Most developers won't need to modify the framework code and instead should rely on the Getting Started guide to quickly kick off your Broadleaf-enabled website.
If you do want to fix a bug or contribute to Broadleaf, see our CONTRIBUTING.md guidelines.
The easiest way to make changes to the core framework (again not typical) is to clone this repository and execute a clean install via Maven:
mvn clean install
If you are using JRebel for development, add the Maven profile 'blc-development' to include the necessary rebel.xml files in the built jars:
mvn clean install -Pblc-development
Our integration tests take a while to execute so you might also want to temporarily skip tests:
mvn clean install -Pblc-development -DskipTests
Note: all contributed code must have passing tests via Maven
If you need to use a specific version of Broadleaf, simply check out that version using either the branch or tag. All releases are tagged 'broadleaf-' whereas all active development versions are tagged 'BroadleafCommerce-<major.minor>.x'. For instance, if you would like to actively develop on the Broadleaf 3.0 line in order for your changes to be in the next GA patch release of Broadleaf 3.0, you would check out the 'BroadleafCommerce-3.0.x' branch.
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:BroadleafCommerce/BroadleafCommerce cd BroadleafCommerce # use 3.0.x-SNAPSHOT git checkout BroadleafCommerce-3.0.x mvn clean install -Pblc-development
Broadleaf Commerce core is released under the terms of the Apache Software License 2 (see license.txt). However, various commercial modules that are also available (for instance, price list management) are released under a different commercial license. These are not included with the core Broadleaf framework.