Jetspeed For Developers

When developing with Jetspeed, you may be creating portlet applications, or building and creating extensions to the Jetspeed portal. If you ar going to be creating portlet applications, check out this fine e-book for an overall guide to writing portlets:

The core team of Jetspeed developers work directly with the source code, building the latest versions of Jetpeed. We welcome all software developers to work with us. However, the full development process maybe overkill for your needs. If you simply want to create and build a customized Jetspeed portal, and make extensions to it, check out the Custom Build section below. If you want to get more involved and start contributing to Jetspeed, see the section below on Building from Source

Best place to get started developing Jetspeed is to read our Build Guide

Starting with Jetspeed 2.2, all Jetspeed building is with Maven-2. The 2.1 branch used to support Maven-1, Maven-2, and Ant. We have consolidated all features from all 2.1.x builds into one new, Maven-2 build for version 2.2 and beyond

Custom Building with Maven Plugins

With the Jetspeed Custom build, you can actually build your own portal without the Jetspeed source. You will want to customize your Jetspeed build, overriding the skins and themes, adding your own portlet applications and perhaps overriding key components of the portal. To do so, we provide a custom build framework extending Maven-2.

With the custom build, you can easily build and create your own Jetspeed powered portal without ever building Jetspeed itself.

Creating a custom build of Jetspeed is probably the most common usage of Jetspeed. Documentation for using the Custom Build and Plugins can be found here:

Building from Source

If you need to build the source, reference the Build Guide:

Jetspeed is built from the command line with Maven. However, you can still develop, compile, debug, remote debug, all from within Eclipse. Eclipse is a good tool for developing portlet applications as well as Jetspeed extensions.

To get the binary installation of an official Jetspeed release, go here:

You can checkout from the SVN HEAD from here:

Get your Javadocs here:


The tutorial puts everything together: custom builds, portlet development, deployment. You can find the Jetspeed Tutorial here:

Jetspeed Tutorial