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Greenstone 2.84 released!

ak19. Friday, April 1st, 2011.

After last week’s bug discovery got fixed at the start of this week (there were issues with HTML files that had non-English filenames interlinking on a Mac OS), we went back to testing the Greenstone binaries on Windows, Linux and Mac. Finally, after uploading all the files onto SourceForge and adjusting the pages there as well as updating’s own download page, we succeeded in releasing Greenstone 2.84 today!

To grab the Greenstone 2.84 binary for your operating system, visit the download page at This page also has the source distributions available in zip and tar.gz formats. Otherwise, you can always expand your binary installation with source code by grabbing the “source-component” archive files from the same download page.

The Greenstone 2.84 Release Notes contain installation instructions as well as details on how to use the latest Greenstone extensions like the PDFBox extension (for later versions of PDF) and OpenOfficeConverter (which can handle the latest Office docx format).

Release Candidate 2 of Greenstone 2.84 out

ak19. Friday, February 25th, 2011.

After a lot more testing, discovering bugs, fixing bugs and further testing, we’ve finally generated our 2nd release candidate for Greenstone 2.84. This time, there’s also a binary for the MacOS (tested on Leopard).

Most of the bugs this time round (after Release Candidate 1) had to do with dynamically linked libraries on the MacOs, getting the new document plugins from Greenstone Extensions to work when the Greenstone server is on a remote machine, Imagemagick processing JPEG2000 images on Linux machines, and fixing some issues around installing Greenstone on Windows in a path containing spaces.

Things seem to look good so far (but we’d appreciate independent confirmation of it), so if you haven’t already, do grab a copy and try it out. And tell us about your discoveries: any difficulties, bugs or other insights, so that we can make the final release of Greenstone 2.84 perfect.

Greentone 2.84 has cool new features, including the long-awaited ability to process docx and other new Office formats, as well as recent versions of PDF documents. These features are available as extensions to Greenstone, for which the details can be found in the Release Notes.

Download the Greenstone 2.84 RC2 from the Snapshots page.

The Greenstone wiki page 2.84 Release Notes has information on installation, running, where to get the new Greenstone extensions and more.

Greenstone 2.81 released

David Bainbridge. Thursday, November 13th, 2008.

We are pleased to announce that the Windows, GNU/Linux, Mac OS/X and Source distributions of Greenstone v2.81 are now available for download from:

The main focus has been on multilingual support. Improvements include handling filenames that include non-ASCII characters, accent folding switched on by default for Lucene, and character based segmentation for CJK languages.

This release also features our new installer, which is 100% open source. Previously we had relied on a commercial program for this, which incurred a significant cost in keeping up to date; consequently we decided to develop our own installer, based on the excellent open source installer toolkits already available.

There are many other significant additions in this release, such as the Fedora Librarian Interface (analogous to GLI, but working with a Fedora repository). See the release notes for the complete details. Specific issues fixed in the 2.81 release can be viewed in Greenstone Trac here and here.

This has been a long time coming, thank you for your patience.

As always, please report any problems or bugs to the mailing list.


Thanks to:

John Rose, for help with English GLI help, French translations for GLI and Greenstone.
Maxime Rouast for Greenstone French translations
Celine Guimbertaud for GLI French translations
Yohannes Mulugeta and Abiyot Bayou for Greenstone Amharic translations
Kamal Salih for GLI Arabic translations
Gerhard Riesthuis for Greenstone Dutch translations
Mohan Raj Pradhan for GLI Nepali translations.
Diego Spano for translating the installer’s interface into Spanish.
Xiaofeng Yu for translating the installer’s interface into Mandarin.
Doris Jung for translating the installer’s interface into German.

Nightly Snapshot Releases

admin. Wednesday, April 16th, 2008.

Starting now, nightly “snapshot” releases of Greenstone3 will be constructed and made available on our snapshots page.

Every night, the most recent revision of the Greenstone3 source code will be automatically checked out, compiled, and packaged up as an easy-to-use installer and put up on our website. These snapshots will be created for Linux and Windows, and soon, Mac. They will be made available in two formats: as an executable Jar, or as a native binary for your operating system. And to make things even easier, there is also a native binary which comes bundled with Java.

As of today, you no longer have to wait for a release to come out before you can take advantage of a new feature of Greenstone3. All you have to do is install the latest snapshot release, and you will have all the features added up to the previous day.

Nightly snapshot releases were made possible by our move to the open source installer Ant Installer. We have been able to construct a release “kit” for each operating system, which automatically creates releases of Greenstone3 using a number of Ant scripts, the Ant Installer software, and a simple executable wrapper program. Since creating a release is now as easy as running a single command, we decided to let the computer create them nightly.

Not surprisingly, the snapshot releases are likely to have a few flaws. These flaws will have two sources: bugs in the release kits, and bugs in the Greenstone code. As far as the release kits are concerned, in time we aim to eliminate all the bugs, so that they produce robust and usable installers. But as for the Greenstone code, we recognise that the most recent revision of the Greenstone code will always have some “bleeding edges”, so we do not expect to ever eliminate all the bugs there. (If you want thoroughly tested releases, go for one of our regular releases, not a snapshot.)

You can help us to perfect the Greenstone3 release kits by downloading and installing a snapshot release, and telling us if you hit any problems. Go on, be brave!

(For those interested, instructions for getting and using the release kits themselves are available at

Also, keep a look out for Greenstone2 snapshot releases and release kits, which are coming soon.

Greenstone2.80 Released

admin. Tuesday, December 11th, 2007.

The Windows, GNU/Linux, Mac OS/X and Source distributions of Greenstone v2.80
are now available for download from our sourceforge page: or via our download page.

There is a patch to the 2.80 release, which is a newer version of the main.cfg file with additional configuration for several new languages: malayalam, marathi, tamil, telugu, bulgarian, and sinhalese. To install the patch, download the new main.cfg by right clicking this link and select “save link as” (or “save target as”). Then replace the old main.cfg, which is in the ‘etc’ folder of your Greenstone installation.

Greenstone2.75 Released

admin. Friday, November 9th, 2007.

The Windows, GNU/Linux, Mac OS/X and Source distributions of Greenstone v2.75
are now available for download from our sourceforge page: or via our download page

Notable Changes

- Language updates to various components:
(Language - Moderator Name)
Russian - Vyacheslav Bakharev
Arabic - Usama Salama, Salih Mustafa
Simplified Chinese - Yan Han
Spanish - Jesus Tramullas
Romanian - Constantinescu Nicolaie
Marathi - Shubhada Nagarkar

- Bug Fixes for Windows Vista
Check for writablity of GSDLHOME before starting GSDL and GLI
Use windows Temp directory for temp files to prevent ‘Access Denied’ errors

We aim to have full Vista compatibility by the next release

- Some new artwork for GLI

We want to ensure that Greenstone works well for you. Please report any
problems to one of the Greenstone mailing lists.

Greenstone3.03 released!

Shaoqun Wu. Friday, October 26th, 2007.

Greenstone3 v3.03 has been released for Windows, GNU/Linux and in Source form (it runs on the Mac no problem; just recompile from source). This release finally contains all the features in Greenstone2, including OAI-PMH and Remote Building support (which are new to this version). It is now very easy to install — just as easy as Greenstone2! This release has been extensively tested.

The principal difference between Greenstone2 and Greenstone3 is the format language. Greenstone3 supports more sophisticated XSLT format statements. Right now they are more complex to use, but developments in the pipeline will make it far easier than Greenstone2 in future. (The only other differences are that Greenstone3 still lacks collaging, and collection/document-level authentication.)

There is one known issue. We forgot to ensure that collections built with Greenstone2 are automatically converted when loaded into GLI under Greenstone3. We will add this facility, but for now a manual conversion program is available here; instructions for its use appear in Greenstone3 for Greenstone2 Users.

Greenstone2 will continue to be supported for a long time yet (years), but ultimately we see Greenstone3 replacing it. See the Greenstone3 home page and the Wiki for more details.

Greenstone 2.73 released

admin. Friday, June 15th, 2007.

Greenstone v2.73 released! An unstable release containing new features and bug fixes. See the release notes for more information.

Greenstone3.02 released!

admin. Monday, February 19th, 2007.

See the Greenstone3 home page. Greenstone2 will continue to be supported for a long time yet (years), but ultimately we see Greenstone3 replacing it. This is a beta release: it contains (virtually) all the features needed for Greenstone2 compatibility, and has been extensively tested. We have added a new section to the Wiki on Greenstone3, and in particular a new page entitled Greenstone3 for Greenstone2 users about how to set it up and migrate your collections (with a list of possible problem areas). Greenstone2 is certainly not yet in the past, but Greenstone3 is definitely the future!

Greenstone v2.72 released!

admin. Wednesday, December 27th, 2006.

Greenstone v2.72 released! A stable release containing new features and bug fixes. See the release notes for more information.