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verinice helps you to build and operate your management system for information security (ISMS). Whether you base it on ISO 27001, BSI IT Baseline Protection, IDW PS 330 or another standard: verinice supports you in your daily work as a CISO or IT Security Officer.

All relevant standards are either already integrated in the tool or can be easily imported. All data is stored in an object model that is tailored to the requirements of information security and is dynamically expandable. This makes your data the basis for a sustainable IS process.

Eclipse Rich Client Platform

verinice is a Java application. The graphical surface is implemented with the Rich Client Platform (RCP). This makes verinice platform independent while using the native GUI elements of the operating system.

Also part of the Eclipse platform is the BIRT Report Designer. All verinice reports can be customized – and you’re able to design completely new reports which can be exported as PDF, HTML or Excel (CSV) file.

Target Platform

The spec file for the verinice target platform is stored in Add this folder as a project.

To build and run your project go to Window > Preferences > Plug-in Development > Target Platform and select 'verinice-platform'

Dynamic Object Model (HitroUI)

The HitroUI Framework is a part of verinice. A simple XML-file defines all fields and field types which appear in the application. So the database data and all displayed forms are generated dynamically.

This dynamic object model allows you to define additional data fields for specific objects as needed or to remove unneeded fields from the standard forms. That is how you can adapt verinice to your working methods and the requirements of your organization.


By using the object-relational mapper Hibernate, verinice is able to connect with different database systems. The supported database systems are:

  • PostgreSQL
  • Apache Derby
  • Oracle DB

Three-Tier Architecture

verinice uses a three-tier architecture where independent software modules are implemented. A centralized database and an application server provide data to the client.

The verinice.PRO application server complements the pure client with a centralized IS repository hosted in your company. It enables multiple people to work on one ISMS - even across different locations.

Contributing to verinice via GitHub

  • fork our repository on GitHub

  • become familiar with our coding standards and read verinice coding style

  • send a pull request for your branch through GitHub

  • this will trigger an email to the verinice developer mailing list

  • discussion happens on your pull request on github

  • after your pull request is approved, we pull the branch in our internal repository, do the merge there and push it back to the GitHub mirror

How to build

To build the Verinice client, client update site and server all at once execute the following command:

./mvnw -Dtycho.disableP2Mirrors=true clean verify

To see where the Verinice client, client update site and server build artifacts can then be found read the following sections.

If you want to skip the junit tests you need to add the -DskipTests parameter.

./mvnw -Dtycho.disableP2Mirrors=true -DskipTests clean verify

Verinice client

The built artifacts will be located in sernet.verinice.releng.client.product/target/products/. Artifacts for the following platforms will be produced:

  • Linux GTK 64 bit
  • Windows 64 bit
  • Mac OS X 64 bit

If you want to pack a JRE into the build, you can copy the JRE to

sernet.verinice.extraresources.feature/linux/jre sernet.verinice.extraresources.feature/windows/jre sernet.verinice.extraresources.feature/macos/jre

Packing the JRE is required for macOS builds. It is best practice, to bundle a JRE into an folder. Hence in order to obtain a valid a proper macOS JRE has to be present in sernet.thirdparty.feature/macos.

Verinice client update site

The P2 update site will be located in sernet.verinice.update_site/target/repository.

Verinice server

The WAR file (which can be deployed e.g. to Tomcat) will be located under sernet.verinice.releng.server.product/target/. The WAR file is of course platform independent (in contrast to the Verinice client and report designer builds).


To update the version of the project

  1. run

    ./mvnw -Dtycho.mode=maven -DnewVersion=x.y.z.qualifier tycho-versions:set-version

    Note that qualifier is meant literately and is treated as a magic string by tycho/osgi, i.e.

    ./mvnw -DnewVersion=1.19.0.qualifier tycho-versions:set-version

    will write 1.19.0-SNAPSHOT into update pom.xml files and 1.19.0.qualifier into into updated feature.xml files. The final product version gets a timestamp, e.g. See Plugin Documentation for details.

  2. update version and codename in the about text in Branding > About Dialog of sernet.verinice.releng.client.product/sernet.verinice.releng.client.product and

  3. synchronize the about text with the plugin (Overview > Testing > Synchronize) again in sernet.verinice.releng.client.product/sernet.verinice.releng.client.product.

  4. Update the version macro in the manuals.

  5. Update the version in the splash screens of

    • verinice