Archive for the ‘Releases’ Category


Greenstone 2.87 released

ak19. Monday, October 2nd, 2017.

We recommend that Greenstone users shift to Greenstone 3, as that’s the future of Greenstone.

But for those who really need Greenstone 2, we’ve now brought out a maintenance release of it with Greenstone 2.87.

You can grab the new GS 2.87 binaries, and source component and source distributions packages from the downloads page.

The release notes include the installation instructions. And here are the Greenstone 2 tutorials, make sure to select the “Greenstone 2″ tab at the top.

For those who need to work from source, the release notes also contain links to pages detailing the steps for compiling the source components and distributions.

As usual, write us if you encounter any issues with GS2.87.

Greenstone 3.08 released

kjdon. Thursday, May 4th, 2017.

Greenstone 3.08 was released November 2016 (oops, what a late blog entry!)

You can grab the binaries, source components and source distributions from the downloads page.

The release notes include the installation instructions. There are instructions for helping you port Greenstone2 collections to Greenstone3.

To familiarise yourself with how things are done in Greenstone3, follow along with the Greenstone 3 tutorials.

For those who need to work from source, the release notes also contain links detailing the steps for compiling the source components and distributions.

Have fun with Greenstone 3.08 and write us if you discover any bugs or have any problems.

Greenstone 3.07 released

ak19. Wednesday, September 9th, 2015.

We’ve finally released the binaries, source components and source distributions for Greenstone 3.07.

You can grab them from the downloads page.

The release notes include the installation instructions. There are instructions for helping you port Greenstone2 collections to Greenstone3.

To familiarise yourself with how things are done in Greenstone3, follow along with the Greenstone 3 tutorials.

For those who need to work from source, the release notes also contain links detailing the steps for compiling the source components and distributions.

Have fun with Greenstone 3.07 and write us if you discover any bugs or have any problems.

GS 3.07rc2 out now: Mac Mountain Lion binary now runs on Mac Yosemite out of the box

ak19. Wednesday, August 26th, 2015.

Good news for Mac Yosemite users out there (and possibly Mac Maverick users too): the current Greenstone 3.07 release-candidate binaries now include a JRE with the Mac Mountain Lion binary. This allows the Greenstone 3.07-rc2 Mountain Lion installer to now run out of the box on Mac Yosemite machines. You may still need to change the security settings on your Mac to allow you to open dmg binary files not created by Apple, as this is a new security feature on Macs, but otherwise the Greenstone installer and the Greenstone applications once installed should run fine on Yosemite too.

We’ve decided to come out with another intermediate release candidate, because the major change we’ve made are specific to a Mac binary this time. That means there is still time for Greenstone users to find and report on bugs, and for translators to add further translations and send these back in to us for inclusion in the upcoming official 3.07 release. Therefore, please do try out the current 3.07 rc2 release by heading on over to the Snapshots page, and let us know how the binaries fare, so we can improve them for the official release.

Greenstone 3.07 release candidate out (03 Aug 2015)

ak19. Saturday, August 15th, 2015.

Hello all,

The GS3.07 release candidate 1 (3.07 rc1) was released on 03 Aug 2015 and can be downloaded from the snapshots page. There have been quite a few changes and improvements. These have been documented in the release notes.

The 3.07 rc1 binaries available are for Windows, Linux (32 and 64 bit) and Mac (Snow) Leopard and (Mountain) Lion. The Mountain Lion release can be used with some modification on Mac Maverick and Yosemite machines.

We’re still working on the final, official release of 3.07. It will include a Java Runtime Environment with the Mac Lion release so that this can be run on later releases of the Mac OS that do not include Java like Yosemite, without Greenstone Mac users having to download Java. In all we’d like to make the experience for Mac Maverick and Yosemite users much smoother than it’s been so far.

In the meantime, we would like to continue to encourage Greenstone users to try out the current 3.07 rc1 release and report back their experiences, in particular any bugs or issues they detected.

We’ll keep you posted about the upcoming 3.07 release.

Greenstone 3.06 release out now

ak19. Thursday, November 13th, 2014.

Hello all!

On 6 Nov we released the final binaries of Greenstone 3.06. There are binaries available for the following operating systems:

  • Windows,
  • Linux 32-bit and 64-bit machines and
  • Mac OS Leopard, for Leopards and Snow Leopards
  • Mac OS Mountain Lion for Mountain Lion, Maverick (and possibly the older Lion, but untested on there)

For those who want to compile 3.06 up from source, there is the 3.06 “source distribution” package.
Those who have installed the binary and who eventually want to recompile can top up their binary installation with the 3.06 “source component”.

You can get the binary for your operating system from the Greenstone 3 home page’s Download section at

The source component and source distribution zip files are available from the same page as well.

The 3.06 Release Notes are at

These contain instructions on how to install the binaries, or compile with the source distribution or source component for your operating system, as well as information on the basic of use Greenstone and its new features. The release notes may get modified and expanded over time, as questions appear.

For those who want to follow along with the Greenstone 3 tutorials, these are at

Make sure to select the “Greenstone 3″ tab.

An example of the kind of interfaces now possible with Greenstone 3 can be viewed at

If you’re wondering about how to port Greenstone 2 collections from Greenstone 3, then have a look at the page

It explains the use of the new Format Conversion Wizard that’s now part of Greenstone 3.06’s GLI and which automates some of the conversion process, while allowing you to interactively modify its suggested Greenstone 3 format statements. Therefore, copy a Greenstone 2 collection into your Greenstone 3.06 installation’s web/sites/localsite/collect/ folder, open it in 3.06 GLI and try out the Format Conversion Wizard.

If you discover bugs or encounter any issues, join the mailing list at greenstone-users @ and drop us a message, and we’ll try to get it fixed.

Anu’s blog entry for the week ending 11 Nov 2011

ak19. Friday, November 11th, 2011.

As several people had encountered issues in the recent 2.85 release, a lot of this week was spent looking at them so that we can get 2.86 out as soon as possible.

The bugs and oversights are not fatal and work-arounds are possible:

1) If you don’t have the PDF-box extension for Greenstone installed already, GLI will suggest where it can be obtained from. However, the URL it provides points to an olderversion of the PDF-box extension, which happens to be one that’s not functional. If you want the version of PDF-Box that works with 2.85, get it from


2)  The Greenstone demo collection in 2.85 contains HTML files that can’t get converted into XML properly enough to work well with the flash file generated by the Realistic Book feature. So if you’re thinking of testing out the realistic book option of the HTMLPlugin against the HTML files included in the Greenstone demo collection, rather than against your own HTML files, get the improved demo collection from SVN at

3) On Vista, if your Greenstone is installed in a path containing brackets, such as “Program Files (x86)” as can happen on Windows 7 machines, then launching Greenstone is likely to fail. On Windows, spaces in Greenstone’s installation path are okay, but brackets aren’t handled well-enough yet. This will be fixed in a future release of Greenstone 2.

4) The fourth bug is more serious in that there is no work-around. It was found by a member on the mailing list when he was using the Datelist Classifier and discovered that references to [ex.srclink] or [srclink] in his Format statements did not get resolved to the URL of the source file. (However, the default browsing classifiers had no problem with such Format statements and would display the correct URL.) This has now been fixed by Dr Bainbridge and will be present in the next release of Greenstone.

5) Another discovery made is that Ubuntu now seems to have a problem with the open-office extension. This was not  the case some two months back when, after a bugfix, the extension was tested on the Ubuntu both here and by another dedicated member of the Greenstone family on his own Ubuntu. However, the new problem has been confirmed to now exist, including when run from the commandline, and even older versions of the Greenstone extension are performing similarly despite having worked at one point. Perhaps this has something to do with updates on the Ubuntu, but we’ll be investigating it further.

Official Greenstone 2.85 released!

ak19. Friday, November 4th, 2011.

At last, we did it. After a lot of testing, bug discovery and fixing, we’ve finally released Greenstone 2.85. It should be much improved from 2.84. There were also some last minute changes from release candidate version 2.

Please do grab a binary for your operating system by visiting the download page at and start using it!

The Release Notes can be found at

Greenstone 2.85rc2 (release candidate 2) released

ak19. Friday, October 28th, 2011.

There was a lot of testing going on in the last 2 months, and I forgot all about writing blog entries.

The first stage of testing was to go through the Greenstone tutorials on Windows (Vista), Linux (Ubuntu) and Mac (Leopard). Some bugs were discovered and fixed, and after that RC1 of GS2.85 could be released.

Thereafter, further tests were conducted on all three OS: testing out combinations of the 3 indexers and 3 database types, processing of a range of file types including the use of Greenstone’s PDFBox and OpenOffice extensions, filenames with different encodings and HTML files that interlink with each other using different encodings, the remote Greenstone server and the GLI applet were tested out, as well as spaces in the filepath for Windows. This time, the tests were conducted on Windows XP, Linux CentOS as well as Mac Leopard again. A lot of bugs had still got through the net after the first stage of testing, but were caught this time around and fixed for the release of GS2.85 RC2.

Greenstone 2.85 RC2 was finally released on Wednesday 26 October 2011. The Greenstone Team invites all those interested to please test the new release binaries out, which can be obtained from, and write back on any bugs or issues encountered. The updated release notes are at

The release notes already contain instructions on a patch for a minor issue that Diego discovered in the earlier release and which had persisted into the current one.

Anu’s entry for the month of Aug 2011

ak19. Friday, August 26th, 2011.

It’s been about 4 weeks since I wrote an entry. In the meantime we’ve been tidying up the last of the To Do list items for the upcoming GS2 release and several of the To Do list items for the GS3 release. Sam is now hard working on the GS3 interface alongside his other work on the Document Maker. It now looks like GS3 may be released separately, after GS2.

Some of the more involved things that required doing were:

  • testing OAI (dc.Resource Identifier issues) and downloading over OAI
  • The extracted embedded metadata, ex.*.metadata (e.g. ex.dc.* prefixes), needed to be handled different from ex.metadata. This required some changes in various files and a lot of testing.
  • Conflicts between EmbeddedMetadataPlugin and some of the existing Plugins in the pipeline (OAI, DSpace, PDF plugins). Fortunately, Dr Bainbridge came up with fixes. After some testing, the known problems with these plugins no longer exist. With the tutorials we will continue to investigate how well other plugins interact with the EmbeddedMetaPlugin.
  • The OAI validator at openarchives now had a test where GS2’s OAI server failed and a different one where the GS3 OAI server failed. These have been fixed up.
  • The GS3 installer needed to have an admin page, like the GS2 installer does, where the user can enable admin pages and provide a password.
  • is a new intermediary script to launch wvware in its own particular environment. This script is necessary in order for wvware’s required environment not to be set globally (thereby tampering with Linux’ windowing/GUI libraries)
  • At the moment, after John Rose’s request, we’re in the process of merging the two server configuration files (glisite.cfg and llssite.cfg), so we can have just one, with some properties qualified by a “gli” prefix. The Server.jar code, the GS2 C++ code, the startup scripts and config files have been sufficiently modified to work with the work-in-progress on the GLI code, while still working with the stable GLI. Changing the GLI code was tricky two years ago, and made the code’s behaviour rather  complex. Now that I’m in the process of testing the latest overhaul to it, the changes I’ve just made to what was stable are still very buggy and reproducing the bugs takes some time. Fortunately, without the changes to the GLI code, everything else committed is able to work as accurately as before, which is fortunate since if I break anything, it will be just the GLI code that once committed needs to be reverted.
  • The above task has now been completely resolved, and changes committed after being tested thoroughly on both Windows and Linux.

Minor issues also kept popping up over the last month.

  • There was a Z3950 “issue”that sidetracked me and which turned out not to be an issue after all: The Library of Congress’ Z3950 address seems to return SRU data. The fix is simply for the user to use the right module of the download pane.
  • A bug in starting and stopping GS3 via GLI on windows
  • One Greenstone member encountered a unicode issue that I wasn’t able to reproduce after initial investigations.
  • Minor but frustrating bugs with the GLI for GS3 have been resolved (an extra nested <format/> tag appearing when all format statements have been removed, and the preview button activating itself when editing format statements in an unbuilt GS3 collection)
  • Fixed GS3’s way of handling the port in the GSI application, so that it is no longer arbitrarily modified. The Do Not Modify port is still available.
  • Some requests on the mailing list like porting indexed databases from one GS2 version to the next, since changes had been made to the name of an ex.metadata