XWiki : Vision Open Source

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Feb 09 2018

At XWiki, we're breaking records

In over 14 years of experience we've learned that hard work pays off. This week, we received the biggest reward we could have received from you, our users: an incredible increase of XWiki installs and instances activity.

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We are proud to announce that our product's install rate is beating our all-time records: a 50% increase compared with the same period of 2017, and a staggering 100% increase when compared with February 2016. We had 1273 installed XWiki instances this week, and there is still the weekend to count. How cool is that?

And there’s more: installs are not the only metric on the rise: activity after 1 day has proportionally grown, offering another record: 296 active installs. Even more, we estimate that activity after 10 days will increase significantly, meaning that all our work put into improving XWiki convinced you to enjoy it even more. This only adds up to our steady growth from the beginning of XWiki, both in terms of installs and services provided.

We would like to thank everyone involved in developing, testing, improving and promoting XWiki in the last years, for all the work: your efforts are appreciated. 

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Of course, it would be great if some these trials would become business, but for now we will keep working to make XWiki the tool you choose every time. 

Thank you for trusting us and enjoying XWiki.
- The XWiki team 

Feb 08 2018

XWiki at FOSDEM 2018: the experience and presentations

XWiki's 2018 Events Season started with the participation at FOSDEM, the biggest free Open Source event in Europe, where communities can meet, share ideas and collaborate.

The XWiki SAS team, from both the Paris and Iasi offices, was present for 2 days in Brussels, between February 3rd and 4th. We participated with presentations in six different tracks, tackling different hot subject from new features, compatibility and integration with other tools and services, lessons learned from deployments, surveys, research and development, legal issues and Artificial Intelligence.

During this event we shared the stand called Wikis and CMS with our friends from Tiki and WikiSuite. We are very happy to have shared ideas, plans for the future and the promise to meet again with the other Open Source communities. The official number of attendees is still unknown, but we must say it was a great year - we talked to a lot of people about XWiki and gave away almost all our goodies. 

Our first presentation was by Vincent Massol, who talked about advanced testing practices used by the XWiki open source project, and using Java, Maven, Docker and Jenkins. You can check his presentation here:

He was soon followed by Ludovic Dubost presenting XWiki: a case study on managing corporate and community interests based on 14 years of Open Source in a small company. The presentation focused on how XWiki SAS has been able to build XWiki as Open Source, and also launch the CryptPad project, while keeping an honest open community and a fair Open Source model. 

Another interesting talk from Vincent was answering the question: What if there was a way to have long tail apps developed and working in just a few minutes? He demonstrated how a next generation wiki platform allows to do just that by using the XWiki open source project. See his presentation below: 

Were you ever curious about Open Source Projects and how they live without being bought? XWiki has been able to self finance writing Open Source code and sharing it with the community for 14 years now. Ludovic Dubost has shared what worked and what didn't, what went easy and was proven to be difficult, what is tricky in keeping the Open spirit and what is miraculous about the journey!

When we're not all about code and the product, our colleagues debate tough subjects like Artificial Intelligence dealing with the right to be forgotten. Tune in to see Cristina Rosu tackle the subject from all perspectives: concept, juridical nature, doctrine debates regarding this notion and also how does it interfere with artificial intelligence. 

Software platforms need to be highly extensible and customizable, since developers need to build on top of them and provide the best experience for users. Some users put more focus on the styling and visual aspect of their customization, others need it to be highly accessible or responsive, while others just like to have diversity in their choices. Ecaterina Moraru deals with all of them and shares from her experience below: 

Caleb James DeLisle's talk presented the encryption and key-management model, the sandboxing architecture which prevents a majority of CryptPad code from accessing the secret keys and some research into a solution to prevent backdoors in the javascript sent from the server. You can also learn how to reuse the CryptPad architecture (and source code) in developing other security/privacy conscious webapps if you play the video until the end: 

All in all, it was an excellent year for XWiki at FOSDEM and we're looking forward to returning in Brussels. See you in 2019?

Jan 25 2018

Who is joining us at FOSDEM'18?

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We are pleased to announce that next weekend, a team of 12 XWikiers will be attending, speaking and networking at FOSDEM 2018 (the Free Open Source Developers’ European Meeting). 

The event will take place in Brussels, Belgium, at ULB Campus Solbosch. You can find us at zone K5, level 2, booth "Wikis and CMS", next to Tiki Wiki and WikiSuite. The full schedule and list of stands are now available and the entry, just like any other year, is free, with no registration required.  

This year, our team will have a total of eight presentations, out of which three about XWiki, two having XWiki as a use-case, one about the CryptPad product and two of general interest.

See the full list of talks with details about the location, time and speaker: 

SpeakerTypeWhen WhereWhat
XWiki use-case Saturday
12:20 - 13:05
H.2213Track: Testing and automation  
Presentation: Advanced testing in action on a Java project
Product: XWikiSaturday
15:55 - 16:20        
K.4.601 Track: Community devroom  
Presentation: XWiki: a case study on managing corporate and community interests 14 years of Open Source in a Small Co.
Product: XWikiSaturday
17:00 - 17:15
Track: Lightning Talks  
Presentation: Addressing the long tail of applications
Open Food FactsSaturday  
17:20 - 17:35
Track: Lightning Talks  
Presentation: Open Food Facts: the wikipedia of food products
What if you could freely analyse all the food and cosmetic products in the world?
18:20 - 18:35
Track: Lightning Talks  
Presentation: Tips & Tricks to finance an Open Source Project without selling your soul
Legal IssuesSunday  
09:30 - 09:55
UA2.220 (Guillissen)Track: Legal and Policy Issues  
Presentation: Artificial intelligence dealing with the right to be forgotten
Ecaterina MoraruXWiki use-caseSunday
14:00 - 14:20
K.4.201Track: Open Source Design  
Presentation: Icon Themes Reusable icon variables and mappings for customisable user interfaces
Caleb J.
De Lisle
Product: CryptPadSunday
16:00 - 16:25
Track: Decentralised Internet and Privacy  
Presentation: CryptPad Encrypted collaborative editing without trusting the server

Looking forward to meeting you all and answer all the questions you might have about XWiki, CryptPad or our community. Until then, follow us on Twitter (XWiki and CryptPad) where we will keep you up-to-date with our latest developments. 

See you between the 3rd and the 4th of February?

- Team XWiki

Dec 18 2017

One Job One Solution presentations

At Paris Open Source Summit 2017, Ludovic - our CEO, hosted a track on One job, one solution!, an half-day long discussion on the importance of Open Source solutions in the international business environment. Specialists from Avencall, Axelor, Matrix, BlueMind, Maarch, Nexedi, Open-DSI, ATOL C&D, Jaguar Network and France Labs joined him.

Here is the full list of presentations:

Open Source Applications competing against proprietary on-premise and Cloud SolutionsLudovic Dubost, XWiki
XWiki, Wiki Collaboration as an alternative to Confluence or SharepointVincent Massol, XWiki
Xivo, la téléphonie Open Source, concurrent de Centrex et Skype / LyncLaurent Demange, Avencall
Un ERP Open SourceLaith Jubair, Axelor
Cryptpad: Secure Online CollaborationAaron McSween, Cryptpad/XWiki
Encrypted decentralised communication with Matrix and Riot as an alternative to Slack.Matthew Hodgson, Matrix
BlueMind,l’alternative Open Source à MS Exchange, O365 ou Gmail.Sylvain Garcia, BlueMind
Maarch RM : Archivage électronique normé pour les entreprisesJean-Louis Ercolani, Maarch
Nexedi, un ERP Open SourceJean-Paul Smets, Nexedi
Dolibarr, un ERP orienté TPE & PMEPhilippe Scofoni, Open-DSI
REMOcRA, une solution open source au service de la gestion des risquesCharles-Henry Vagner, ATOL C&D
Rudder, l’outil DevOPS Open Source d’automatisation et de vérificationAlexis Mousset, Rudder
Ilan Costa, Jaguar Network
Datafari, gérer ses documents avec une solution de rechercheCédric Ulmer, France Labs

Dec 02 2014

Latest news from the XWiki community (November 2014)

Because our community is important, we have decided that each month we will be sharing some news from the XWiki community. To start we would like to mention several events:

  • Bug fixing day: in November, there were 4 Bug Fixing Days (the latest one was held on November 28). The goal of these special days is to have the maximum number of XWiki committers and contributors work together on a focused topic for the day.
    58 bugs (33 real fixes) were closed;
  • XWiki 6.3 was released and is now available. This release provides a great stabilization of the Flamingo Skin, and includes other improvements that are presented in the release notes;
  • For two days (Oct 31 - Nov 1, 2014) XWiki community members were present at the Design Jam event in Iasi, Romania. They presented the design process inside open communities.

See you next month!

Feb 05 2014


XWiki at the FOSDEM 2014!

XWiki's 2014 Events Season started with the participation in FOSDEM, the biggest free Open Source event in Europe, where communities can meet, share ideas and collaborate.

The XWiki SAS team, from both the Paris and Iasi offices, was present for 2 days in Brussels on February 1st and 2nd. We participated in a Wikis Developer Room where the discussions were centered around new features, compatibility and integration with other tools and services, lessons learned from deployments, surveys, research and development, and cross-project collaboration.


The presentations in the Wikis Developer Room started with a comparison between the MediaWiki, TWiki and XWiki communities.
Vincent Massol then had an intervention on the following topic: "XWiki Rendering: a content rendering engine".


Marius Florea had a presentation about “Developing the XWiki software” and also talked about the XWiki special days, with an emphasis on the weekly Bug fixing day (every Thursday), the day during which the XWiki Community is invited to close as many bugs as possible.

Ludovic Dubost demonstrated “5 unexpected usages of wikis”

1. Use structured data
2. Create PDF Books
3. Manage a Menu Wiki Style
4. Develop Wiki Style
5. Create a presentation


Vincent Massol talked about “A web development runtime platform based in the wiki paradigm” , after which Anca Luca explained how XWiki can adapt to different needs (“Addressing the long tail of applications”).


Given this was an open event with free access, the number of participants is unknown, but we do know there were 8333 unique MAC addresses (over 2 days) and more than 445 speakers! So we can estimate that there were between 5.500 et 10.000 participants.


FOSDEM offered a great opportunity to meet other actors in the Open Source community and provided the perfect platform for information exchange.

Apr 02 2013

XWiki Year In Review 2012

It's been a long time since I last wrote about XWiki SAS' and the XWiki project's achievement, back in 2009, although I have written more recently about the XWiki SAS company and its motivations.

It has been quite a ride. During this time, XWiki has become a grown-up and independent small business and we are very proud of it. 

Since 2009, XWiki has been profitable every year, while growing steadily with no external investment and improving our product and services. We're still maintaining all our software Open-Source and keeping an Open Development process. 

Product and extensions

On the product side, since 2009 we have been able to continue improving our product, allowing the "best" Open Source wiki engine to extend its use cases beyond the simple wiki principle. Since XWiki 2.0, we have released 18 major versions of XWiki Enterprise and XWiki Enterprise Manager, which have all brought their load of innovations:

  • XWiki 2.x cycle
    • Many user interface improvements with the Color Theme Editor, new Profile UI, new Search UI
    • The new Annotations feature
    • The Activity Stream
    • Invitations
    • New Template based creation
    • Clustering
    • Preview of Office documents
  • XWiki 3.x cycle
    • Application With Minutes allowing easy application development
    • Extension Manager to install and update applications available on our extension repository
    • Workgroup spaces with XWiki Workspaces in XWiki Enteprise Manager
    • Gallery Macro and Office Presentation Viewer
    • Personalized User Dashboards
    • Many user interface improvements with the new Administration UI, Live Searches, New modern color themes
    • XWiki's move to GitHub to make it easier to contribute
  • XWiki 4.x cycle
    • More improvements in AppWithinMinutes
    • More improvements in Extension Manager with the Distribution Wizard allowing to install/upgrade an XWiki installation
    • User Profile customization and User Directory
    • LDAP Administration UI
    • Many user interface improvements like hiding technical information for non-technical users and the Application Panel and new Users and Date pickers
    • Support for templates in XWiki Enterprise Manager Workspaces allowing to create customized workspaces
    • User Interface Extensions allowing to extend the XWiki UI without modifying the XWiki Skin
    • Improvements to the XWiki REST API allowing to create better mobile or desktop clients following XWiki activity
    • Experimental new Search engine based on SOLR

Since 2009, many extensions have been published on our extensions wiki, including applications such as the Forum, FAQ, Meeting app, File Manager, Calendar, etc.

It's a huge number of improvements for XWiki, making it the "best" Open Source wiki even more and allowing XWiki to address more and more enterprise needs. 

XWiki is one of the rare fully Open Source Enterprise Web Applications with an Open development process. The company provides services to Enterprises, supports this Open Source development process and invests heavily in it. At XWiki SAS we believe it's important that we don't have different code in the software that anybody can download, from what we install and support at clients or run on our XWiki SAS Cloud. Since I created the XWiki software, and then at XWiki SAS, we have kept this, guaranteeing our users and clients freedom of choice.

Research and innovation

As part of our research and development effort, XWiki SAS also participates in Collaborative Research Projects funded by French and European public entities. These projects allow to boost the development of the XWiki Software, as well as prepare for the future by allowing us to experiment with new technologies. Since 2009, when we had already worked on a few research projects, we have had the opportunity to participate in multiple very interesting new projects:

  • Wiki 3.0: which allowed us to bring in new features already released in XWiki, like the Dashboard, Annotations, Activity Stream, as well as prepare for the future with the XWiki Real-time editing, which we are continuing to work on.
  • CompatibleOne where we participated to the OpenCloud effort to build more Open-Source and Open-Standards technologies for Cloud Computing, as well as build the XWiki for Cassandra prototype that allows to run XWiki on top of a Cassandra Database. Not all XWiki features are supported and we won't make it our default database soon, but this is probably the most advanced Wiki running on NoSQL.
  • Resilience, which will allow the building of Web Viewers and Editors that can be integrated easily in an open-standard way in Content Management Systems, including of course XWiki, and bring new features to some of the editors, including Real-time editing.
  • Streams and RiscOSS to which we contribute as partners.
  • EESC which will help integrate the XCLAMS platform underlying the Curriki and Sankoré projects with LILI, the leading open-source software for Education Numerical Environments (ENT in French) used by the major French regions.

All these projects allow us to continue to innovate on new technologies.

XWiki's adoption

On the adoption front:

  • XWiki is more and more popular. From a search query that did not yield more than 20 results, the "xwiki" query now has more than a million results on Google.
  • XWiki is a top download on OW2 with 30K downloads per month and has recently reached more than 1 million downloads.
  • Since the launch of the Extension Manager we have been able to see more and more contacts on xwiki.org performing extensions searches on our Extensions Repository, showing more and more active installations.
  • More and more prospects are contacting us with advanced use cases that XWiki can achieve for them, expanding what XWiki's being used for.
  • Multiple companies have been building solutions or providing services on top of the XWiki Platform in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Sweden.

The company: what's new?


We have made great progress on the business front:

  • Since 2009 we have doubled our revenue and for 2013 we are getting close to surpassing the 2 M euros line. 
  • Since the beginning of XWiki we have implemented more than 400 projects for XWiki SAS clients in France, Europe and in the USA.
  • We estimate the business around XWiki from XWiki SAS, all companies building on top of the XWiki platform or companies providing services based on XWiki at over 10 M euros, more than doubled since 2009.
  • In 2012, we have been able to convince more companies that our solution is the right choice, even when compared to the number one proprietary software vendor and when the scope of work was large. Our expertise in information sharing, as well as the collaboration and the power of the XWiki Platform helped convince them.

XWiki SAS team

On the team side:

  • In 2011 we have moved our employees in Iasi, Romania to a new office, "The XWiki House", tripling our office space. In 2012 we moved our Paris office to a great building next to the Beaubourg Pompidou Center, more than doubling our office space.
  • Since 2009 we have expanded our annual seminar to 10 days. After organizing the 2009 seminar in Paris and the 2010 one in our Iasi office, we did the 2011 sessions in a great hotel in Bran, next to Dracula's Castle and the 2012 seminar in the Danube Delta. Our annual seminar has become a very important gathering of our teams from Paris and Iasi, as well as our remote workers, allowing us to set the course for the next year.
  • Since 2009 we have expanded our teams and provided more benefits to our employees, as we grew from a promising "startup" to a stable company.

XWiki's uses

XWiki's main use case is Enterprise software, allowing users to better organize and collaborate on information. There are many many companies, and a large portion of which we don't know, that use XWiki and we have implemented many projects and provided support for a large number of companies for this use case. XWiki is also used outside of Enterprises and particularly for Education.

We have been very proud to be able to work for both Curriki and Sankore, helping building Curriki and Planète Sankoré, two US and French projects which aim to facilitate the sharing, organization and collaboration on Educational Resources. In Sankoré in particular it is now possible to share the content of a class created with the Open Sankore Digital Whiteboard software with just a few clicks. 

We have also been proud to be able to help organizations such as CDLSWorld, the Community Legal Clinic, Transparency International, all international projects that help improve our society. ONGs and Open Source have many common values and goals when it comes to sharing code, knowledge or contribute to our society. These projects are of course not high revenue projects, but it is exciting for a company like ours located in Paris, France and Romania to be able to work with organizations anywhere in the world and help them achieve their goals.

In 2013

We start 2013 with a very busy first quarter, after just having sold our best quarter ever and with a very heavy workload planned for the next 4 months. This will also be a very busy sales quarter as we renew many support and hosting contracts at the beginning of the year. We are working hard on very exciting projects and continuing to improve the XWiki Products with the start of the 5.x cycle, which will bring exciting new things and many improvements that will make XWiki even easier to use. 

As the creator of the XWiki Software, I've been spending less time on the XWiki code since 2009, which I have left to Vincent Massol, our CTO, and to our committers. I'm very proud of their work since 2009 and I'm very grateful to both the XWiki SAS employees and our contributors for the energy they have put into improving XWiki. I've been spending more of my time making sure XWiki SAS sustains itself, as well as promoting XWiki and XWiki SAS' services, as I believe this is very important for XWiki's adoption and the ability to fund its development. I'm very proud of the progress we have made and of the work of our Sales, Marketing, Platform, Support and Client teams who are working hard to promote XWiki, sell our services and deliver these services to our clients.

What makes me even happier, is that we have been able to build all this with the help of our customers, partners and community, while staying faithful to our open model and to our Manifesto.

I look forward to continuing these great efforts in 2013 with the help of our community, our clients and our partners.

Ludovic Dubost
Creator of XWiki and Founder and CEO of XWiki SAS

Feb 07 2013

Combining open source ethics with private interests

Last weekend, Ludovic Dubost and Vincent Massol had a presentation at FOSDEM. The presentation aimed to share the benefits and challenges of contributing to an Open Source Community and at the same time having companies selling services around the software. It covered how the XWiki Open Source Community is organized in a full Open Source way, open to any participants regardless of their interests, and how the employees of private companies, including XWiki SAS, manage their roles as members of the community. Vincent Massol and Ludovic Dubost also touched on XWiki SAS' approach to support the Open Source project. Finally, they discussed how the company, as well as developers and users, benefit from a fully Open Source approach.

Sep 07 2012

Insight into XWiki Seminar 2012

Following the XWiki tradition, each year the whole team gathers together to have the XWiki Seminar in a remote location for 10 days. This year, the chosen location was the Danube Delta and not only the XWikiers from France and Romania attended, but also the ones from Canada and USA.

Enforcing transparency as one of the XWiki values, team status presentations were organised at the beginning of the Seminar. Thus, during the first two days, each team shared both its achievements and the difficulties encountered, as well as the objectives settled for the next period, offering the others a wide view on the whole team activity. The following days were full of training sessions and brainstormings along with cross-team interactions during the XWiki Hackathon.

Considering the busy period, everyone appreciated the trip on the Danube channels, through which the team discovered the natural wonders of the Danube Delta. We visited the Aquarium in Tulcea and learnt about history, fauna, flora and different aspects of people's life from this region. The large collection of fish, sharks and corals was a true delight for everyone's eyes!  

As a big part of the Seminar is getting to know better the people that we are working with and having fun together, the party and team activities were a must!

During the XWiki Rock and Horror Party, the XWikiers showed how rock and horror they can be through their attitude and costumes, proved their skills in drawing the most spooky face on a balloon or had the courage to guess what was inside the given bags. Of course, prizes were given to the winners!

XWiki Olympics was the event that challenged most the XWiki team. Split in five teams, the XWikiers showed their skills both in outdoor and indoor activities and put all the effort in qualifying for the finals to reach the first place. Basketball, swimming, tennis, quizz, poker or mime game are just a few examples of the activities that brought together the XWikiers during the whole 10 days.

As expected, the Seminar could not end without setting the team strategy for the next year, without having the award ceremony for XWiki Olympics and of course without a last bath in the big pool of the hotelemoticon_smile With all our batteries charges and with a lot of enthusiasm, we now have all the ingredients to better focus on reaching our objectives for 2013!

Enjoy the XWiki Seminar in images: