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betterForm 5 Quickstart Guide

betterFORM 5 is an implementation of XForms 1.1 in Java. It's about 97% conformant to the W3C recommendation and allows to build advanced form applications that require complex validations, calculations and dependency management.

For further information on XForms see:

Requirements for betterFORM 5

Runtime requirements:

  • Java JDK 1.6 or newer

    For building:

  • Apache Ant 1.8.2 or newer for building the sources

  • [Optional: Apache Maven 2.0.5 or newer]


Apache Ant 1.8.2 or is needed to build betterFORM from the sources.

Building betterFORM provides a quick overview about the available build targets.

Checkout the master branch to get the source of previous and current betterFORM releases. Or lift off at the development branch where the daily work takes place.


For more detailed information see the documentation or read the latest news at our blog.

Getting professional help and more

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Minimal Requirements for older Versions

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  • JDK 1.6
  • Apache Ant 1.8.2 or newer
  • [Optional: Apache Maven 2.0.5 or newer]


  • JDK 1.6
  • Apache Ant 1.8.2 or newer
  • [Optional: Apache Maven 2.0.5 or newer]