The following software components have been tested to work with Magnolia Enterprise Edition and the Jackrabbit repository.

Operating Systems

Linux distributions running kernel 2.6 and later.

  • Ubuntu - all currently supported LTS releases.
  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server - all releases with existing (SuSE) general support.
  • Fedora - latest two releases.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server
    • For Magnolia 5.x: All releases with full support or maintenance support.
    • For Magnolia 6.x: RHEL 7 (and later) with full support or maintenance support.
  • CentOS 6 and 7
  • Debian - all currently supported LTS releases.


  • Windows Server
    • 2012 R2
    • 2019 Standard or Datacenter
  • Windows 10


  • FreeBSD 11.1 and higher
  • Mac OS X 10.12 and later

Are you running Magnolia on an OS that is not listed here? Let us know by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page or post to the forum and mailing lists.


You need a Java Development Kit (JDK) or a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) on your system to run Magnolia and either the Tomcat application server that ships with the bundle or a Java EE 8 / Jakarta EE 8 compliant server.

JRE is an implementation of the Java Virtual Machine which executes Java programs. JDK is a bundle of software that you can use to develop Java based applications. If you plan to write your own Java code get the JDK. If you just want to run Magnolia then JRE is sufficient.

Magnolia releases run on the active Java version at the time of the first release.

Java SE 8
Magnolia 5.6(tick)

Oracle JDK and OpenJDK are interchangeable alternatives. Use whichever one you feel more comfortable with. However, please be aware that as of January 2019, Oracle stopped contributing to the OpenJDK 8 Updates project. Together with OpenJDK 11, the OpenJDK 8 project is maintained by RedHat, for more details see Leadership of OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 Transitions to Red Hat.

(warning) If you are using AdoptOpenJDK on macOS 10.15, be aware that this build of OpenJDK is currently facing a segmentation fault problem issued as, which also affects our Periscope module. Until the issue is fixed in the AdoptOpenJDK project, you can bypass it by excluding the magnolia-periscope-result-ranker artifact from your instances, temporarily losing the functionality the result ranker provides.

Application servers

  • Tomcat. Please check Apache's Apache Tomcat - Which Version Do I Want? page to find out about compatibility between Tomcat and Java versions.
  • Wildfly 10 and later
  • JBoss EAP 7.0 and later
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server 9 and later
  • Oracle WebLogic Server version 10.3 and later


  • Oracle WebLogic and IBM WebSphere are supported only with the special Magnolia package for Oracle WebLogic and IBM WebSphere.
  • Oracle WebLogic and IBM WebSphere are supported only with Magnolia Enterprise Edition Pro.
  • IBM WebSphere 8.5.x is certified with Magnolia 5.3.5 and later and Workflow 5.5 and later.


Back end: AdminCentral and editing functionality




Modern browsers









* We support Chrome, Firefox, Safari and IE versions that are not older than 2 years. As of 2016-06-13, Admincentral does not work properly on Windows 8 with the Chrome browser. 
** Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 on January 12, 2016. These browsers are not supported on Magnolia. Internet Explorer 11 works, however a few bugs are known on the respective minor versions.
*** Android tablets with Chrome generally work well but we don't fully support Android just yet.

Front end: sites built with Magnolia Templating Essentials

Magnolia Templating Essentials (MTE) supports all CSS3/HTML5 compatible browsers and includes a ready-to-use solution for making all the functionality and design available in IE7 and IE8 as well.



  • H2 1.4.200 and later
  • Derby (the packaged version)

External DB

  • MySQL 5.0 and later with MySQL Connector 5.1.x (JDBC Drivers)
  • Oracle 10g Enterprise Edition and later
  • PostgreSQL 9 and later


  • Derby DB is supported only as an embedded database, packaged version for low volume use only
  • MySQL DB 5.0 and later is supported as an external database.
  • InnoDB storage engine for MySQL is supported by Magnolia, MyISAM is not. InnoDB is the default in MySQL 5.5 and later.
  • Oracle 10g, 11g, and 12c Enterprise Edition is supported as an external database.


  • Apache Jackrabbit 2.18


The certified stack can be summarized as follows:



IBM WebSphere

Oracle WebLogic

Linux distributions










FreeBSD 11.1





macOS 10.12 and later





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  1. Hi all, 

    is Microsoft SQL Server 2016 supported as well?

    Thanks a lot.



    1. Hello-

      Magnolia should work on MSSQL 2016 and Windows Server 2016, at least we are not aware of any issues blocking it. The reason it's not mentioned on the certified stack page is that we are not routinely testing on this database and OS yet, but we are preparing some test environments for that.

      Best regards,

      1. I should have mentioned that our support team was preparing some test environments for that. This testing doesn't have any impact on the certified stack. In order for something to be certified by us it must go through a certification process at the request of a client/partner/prospect.