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 2016.2.2 November 2016

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What is Orbeon Forms?

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

  • Form Builder: a browser-based WYSIWYG form authoring tool
  • Form Runner: a runtime environment which facilitates the deployment and integration of large and complex forms
  • a core forms processing engine which implements the XForms specification and an XBL-inspired component model

For more information about Orbeon Forms, please visit orbeon.com.

What's new

Downloading and installing

Orbeon Forms comes in two editions:

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

For more information and downloadable binaries, see the download page.

The system requirements and installation procedure are detailed on Installing Orbeon Forms.

Community and support

See the community page. In a nutshell:


All documentation is available online:

What's happening?

Compiling Orbeon Forms

You usually don't have to compile Orbeon Forms yourself. But if you want to, see Building Orbeon Forms. The source code is available on github.

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

  • Java
  • Scala
  • JavaScript
  • CoffeeScript
  • XForms, XSLT, and other XML technologies

Known bugs and requests for enhancements (RFEs)

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 (http://www.iconarchive.com/artist/pixelmixer.html).

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


We would like to thank YourKit, LLC for kindly supporting open source projects like Orbeon Forms with the full-featured YourKit Java Profiler.

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