Orbeon Forms is an open source web forms solution. It includes an XForms engine, the Form Builder web-based form editor, and the Form Runner runtime.
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Orbeon Forms - Open source web forms done the right way

Last updated for Orbeon Forms 3.9, March 2011

What is Orbeon Forms?

Orbeon Forms is an open source, standard-based web forms solution, which includes:

  • Form Builder, the WYSIWYG browser-based authoring tool
  • Form Runner, the runtime environment which facilitates the deployment and integration of large and complex forms
  • A core forms processing engine which implements specifications such as XForms 1.1 and XBL 2 with no need for client-side software besides a standard web browser.

For more information about Orbeon Forms, please visit:

Also check the Orbeon Forms Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):


Orbeon Forms comes in two editions:

  • Community Edition (CE)
  • Professional edition (PE)

For more information:

Community and support

See: http://www.orbeon.com/forms/community

In a nutshell:

What's new in the latest release

A complete list of changes can be found online at:


Changes for the previous release:



All new documentation is available on the Orbeon Forms wiki:


System requirements and installation

The system requirements and installation procedure are detailed at:


In addition, the Orbeon Forms tutorial also tackles installation:


What's happening?

Compiling Orbeon Forms

You usually don't have to compile Orbeon Forms yourself. Now if you want to, please visit:


The source code is on github:


Orbeon Forms is written mainly using the following languages and technologies:

  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • Scala
  • XForms, XSLT, and related XML technologies

Known bugs and requests for enhancements

For a list of known issues and RFEs, check the issue tracking system:



The source code is distributed under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). The full text of the license is available at http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/lesser.html. LGPL is a business-friendly license that allows you to use Orbeon Forms for open source and commercial applications.

Some examples are distributed under the terms of the Apache License, Version 2.0. The full text of the license is available at: http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.

Please refer to file headers to identify which license governs the distribution of a particular file.

This software is OSI Certified Open Source Software. OSI Certified is a certification mark of the Open Source Initiative.

See the next section for more details about the licenses of included third-party software.

Third-party software

This product includes software developed by the Apache Software Foundation (http://www.apache.org/):

In addition, this product includes the following software:

This product makes use of schemas for XSLT 2.0 and XForms 1.1 provided under W3C Software License. The schemas are available at the following locations:


This product makes use of the Silk Icons, released under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License: http://www.famfamfam.com/lab/icons/silk/

This product makes use of the PixelMixer icons at http://pixel-mixer.com/

Please consult the third-party-licenses directory for more information about individual licenses.

Copyright 1999-2011 (C) Orbeon, Inc. All rights reserved.