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ProjectForge - project management solution

ProjectForge is a web-based solution for project management including time tracking, team calendar, gantt-charting, financial administration, issue management, controlling and managing work-break-down-structures (e. g. together with JIRA as issue management system).



Further documentation for developers and adminstrators (for a first start), please refer

Version 7.0 will be released soon…​


We’re working on refactoring ProjectForge’s frontend. We will introduce ReactJS and Kotlin (in addition to Java). ProjectForge will be controlled by a new Rest API for most CRUD operations. Stay tuned!

Quickstart from command line


You only need the following steps for developing ProjectForge. If you just want to run it, please download it from and simply start it java -jar projectforge-application-X.X.X.jar.

  1. Checkout:

  2. Ensure running Java 1.8 (not 1.9+): java -version.

  3. Build ProjectForge: mvn clean install -DskipTests

  4. Run ProjectForge: java -jar projectforge-application/target/projectforge-application-X.X.X.jar

  5. Open your browser: http://localhost:8080

Configuration of ProjectForge

No configuration needed. After starting ProjectForge a first time, a console or desktop based wizard is provided for doing a quick setup (choose directory and configure optionally some parameters).

To configure a different directory you have several options (choose Your favorite):

  1. Create ProjectForge as top level directory of your home directory: $HOME/ProjectForge, or

  2. Create a directory named ProjectForge and put the jar file somewhere in it or in the same directory. ProjectForge detects the folder ProjectForge relative to the executed jar, or

  3. Create a directory and define it as command line parameter: java -Dhome.dir=yourdirectory -jar projectforge-application-X.X.X.jar, or

  4. Create a directory and define it as system environment variable PROJECTFORGE_HOME.

Quickstart with Eclipse and maven

  1. Launch eclipse

  2. Import Maven project → pom.xml in projectforge git root dir

  3. Import Maven project → pom.xml in projectforge-application dir

  4. Run maven clean install for pom.xml in projectforge-webapp (to build React stuff)

  5. Start by simply running main (in projectforge-application/src/main/java):

Please note the detailed documentations for administrators, developers as well as for users.

Java version 8 is required since ProjectForge 6.0. Please note, that Java version 8 is needed for developing and running ProjectForge.

Quickstart with IntelliJ

  1. Launch IntelliJ IDEA

  2. Import new project via pom.xml in git root dir

  3. Run maven clean install for pom.xml in projectforge-webapp (to build React stuff)

  4. Start by simply running main (in projectforge-application/src/main/java):

Quickstart with PostgreSQL (optional)

You may use PostgreSQL instead of the built-in data base.

Using PostgresSQL (Docker)

  • Choose and set a database password:
    export PGPASSWORD=mypassword

  • Run PostgreSQL:
    docker run --name projectforge-postgres -p -e POSTGRES_PASSWORD=$PGPASSWORD -e POSTGRES_USER=projectforge -d postgres:11.2

  • Configure ProjectForge

  • Run ProjectForge and enjoy it.

Table 1. Some helpful docker commands


docker stop projectforge-postgres


docker start projectforge-postgres

Import dump (optional)

docker run -v ~/ProjectForgeBackup/pf.sql:/mnt/pf.sql -e PGPASSWORD=$PGPASSWORD -it --rm --link projectforge-postgres:postgres postgres:11.2 psql -h postgres -U projectforge -q -f /mnt/pf.sql 2>&1 > log.txt


docker run -e PGPASSWORD=$PGPASSWORD -it --rm --link projectforge-postgres:postgres postgres:11.2 psql -h postgres -U projectforge

Reset passwords (optional)

update t_pf_user SET password='SHA{BC871652288E56E306CFA093BEFC3FFCD0ED8872}', password_salt=null, email='';
password is now test123.

Clear calendar subscriptions (optional)

update t_calendar set ext_subscription=false where owner_fk != #;
This is useful for avoiding a lot of external calendar calls of foreign users if your productive data contains a lot of users with calendar subscriptions.


docker rm projectforge-postgres

Further configurations

Please have a lock at all available config parameters:


Adding your own plugins

ProjectForge support plugins. The existing menu can be modified and own entities and functionalities can be added.

Please note: We’re working highly on a new release (will be published soon). Wicket will be replaced by ReactJS and Rest technology. The implementation of plugins will be changed as well.

The menu is customizable (you can add or remove menu entries in the config.xml file). Deploy your plugins by adding your jar(s) to the plugin directory next to the jar file. In eclipse you have to add the plugin project to the run configuration classpath. The jars contains both, the Java classes and the web pages (Wicket-pages). Nothing more is needed. Register your plugins in the administration menu at the web gui. You need to restart the server. One advantage is that your own plugins are independent from new releases of the ProjectForge core system. In one of the next releases an example plugin will show you how easy it is to extend ProjectForge!

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