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iDempiere Business Suite, also known as OSGi + ADempiere, is an open source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. It has also customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) functions. It is in contrast to proprietary or most other open source ERP solutions driven only by a community of supporters.

iDempiere is a winner of Infoworld’s Bossie award for best open source software application, awarded in 2015and 2016.

Interface idempiere.PNG
Developer(s) Community Development
Initial release October 31, 2012; 4 years ago
Stable release
v4.1 / Daily release
Preview release
devel-4.1 / Daily release
Development status Stable
Written in Java
Operating system Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris
Platform OSGi, Jetty, ZK (framework)
Available in English, German, Indonesian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Romanian, Russian, Thai, Arabic, Bosnian, Portuguese , Catalán, Simplified Chinese, and many others
License GPLv2


iDempiere supports:

  • Multiple tenants
  • Multiple organizations (branches, plants, etc.)
  • Multiple languages (29 localizations; mixed access in a single installation is possible)
  • Multiple currencies
  • Multiple account schemas


In 2015, on version 3.1 Apache Tomcat was replaced with Jetty 9.2.3,.

In 2011, due to disagreements in the former ADempiere developer communitythey decided to use the new name iDempiere for the code path with the new OSGi architecture. So iDempiere can be seen as the next generation of ADempiere or as a fork of the ADempiere Branch GlobalQSS Adempiere361.The majority of the active developer community started to work on iDempiere.The big difference made on iDempiere 1.0 vs ADempiere was the platform technology upgrade to the OSGi framework that allows iDempiere to have plug-ins,so a lot of specific Code made on Adempiere have been updated as plug-ins in iDempiere.,Also Jboss was replaced with Apache Tomcat improving the performance and memory footprint. Further upgrades are a new automatic build system based on Eclipse Buckminster, a major ZK upgrade (from ZK3.6 to ZK6) which allowed redesign of the web GUI.

In 2006, ADempiere itself is a fork of the open source version of Compiere.

In 1999, Compiere was founded by Jorg Janke who worked previously for Oracle in Germany and the USA.


iDempiere consists of a Java server (based on a Jetty 9.2.3 container) with a ZK 7.0.3 web GUI. It has also a Swing Desktop Client. It uses the OSGi framework for modularization. It has Oracle 11G and PostgreSQL 9.4 database support. The project run on Eclipse 4.4.1 (Luna) and Equinox 3.10 ( OSGi R6 )


Application dictionary

This is a feature of iDempiere that extends the concept of a data dictionary to an “Active Data Dictionary” that lets it manage entities, validation rules, windows, formats, and other customizations of the application without new JAVA code. So iDempiere can be seen not only as an ERP but also as a platform to build database driven applications.


The second feature of iDempiere are the plug-ins to modify or extend the ERP, CRM and SCM functionality. The wiki allows users to rate the known plug-ins in the plugin market,some types of plugins are:

  • Localization
  • Other software integrations (like Asterisk, Openbravo Pos, Google maps)
  • Specific industry requirements (like Asset, Manufacturing)


iDempiere has a Workflow Engine based on WfMC standard, to manage document workflow process and BPM requirements.

Web application

iDempiere is a web software that works in Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers that allow users to open related records quickly and easily via links.


  • iDempiere has a simple, configurable (with Application Directory) and powerful reporting format allowing zoom across data and export to a number of formats (PDF, HTML, Excel etc.)
  • JasperReports integration

Performance indicators

iDempiere Performance indicators

Performance graphs are set from measure calculation via Application Directory.


In iDempiere is very simple to create new tables to add specific business information. Only the advanced work of information may require programming in Java


Release date Version number Notes
October 31, 2012 1.0.a Halloween Edition ()
  • First official version
  • Alpha version
April 24, 2013 v1.0b Devina Beta version
June 27, 2013 v1.0c Devina LTS Stable version
October 31, 2013 2.0 Stable version
October 31, 2014 2.1
  • Stable version
  • 266 weekly downloads
October 31, 2015 3.1(Maitreyi) Daily maintained version

  • Stable version
  • 411 weekly downloads


iDempiere is a project with a high activity,supported by a worldwide community of committed people organized as a decentralized bazaar. There is no single person or company ruling the project or many of the parts, much like the wiki websites, build server, trackers, forums, etc. The community includes end users, implementers and subject matter specialists.

There are active local communities in Japan, China, USA, Germany, Indonesia, Brasil, Malaysia, Colombia, India, Russia, and other countries.bWider reception comes also through speeches held in open source conferences like de:OpenRheinRuhr and on Universities.

The best ways to be connected with the community are the wiki, forums and chats like:

  • Multi-language Project Wiki
  • Support Forum GoogleGroup: 2.460 themes
  • iDempiere developer GoogleGroup: 3.290 themes
  • IRC channel (fixed meeting each Wednesday since 13 January 2012)

World Conferences

  • 2015 September 3/4 – Krefeld, Germany.
  • 2014 March 7 – Bonn, Germany. (informal German iDempiere Conference)
  • 2013 May 16/17 – Krefeld, Germany. Visited by about 30 core developers from 4 continents.

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