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Liferay 6.2 CE GA2 Now Available

General Blogs March 21, 2014 By James Falkner Staff

Today Liferay released an update of its flagship software: Liferay Portal 6.2 CE GA2! [Download] [Quick Start]

This update corrects several issues found since the GA1 release in late 2013 found by our community and Liferay's continuous testing teams. Want to know more? Read on!

Release Naming

Following Liferay's official versioning scheme, this release is Liferay Portal 6.2 CE GA2. The internal version number is 6.2.1 (i.e. the first update release of 6.2). Future CE releases of 6.2 will be designated GA3, GA4, .. and so on (assuming they are needed to fix issues, which is not always the case). See below for upgrade instructions from 6.2 CE GA1, 6.1.x, 6.0.x, and 5.x.

Downloads

You can find the 6.2 CE GA2 release on the usual downloads page. If you need additional files (for example, the source code, or dependency libraries), visit the additional files page.

Source Code

As Liferay is an open source project, many of you will want to get at its guts. The source is available as a zip archive on the downloads page, or in its source code repository on Github. Many community contributions went into this release, and hopefully many more in future releases! If you're interested in contributing, take a look at our contribution page.

What's New / Changed?

This update fixes many issues, but here are some of the more important and/or popular ones that you may be interested in:

Documentation

The Liferay Documentation Team has been continuously adding and improving on the official documentation. This includes updated javadoc and related reference documentation, an updated User Guide and Developer Guide, and a new properties listing in convenient web page form. Our community has been instrumental in identifying the areas of improvement, and we are constantly updating the documentation to fill in any gaps.

Support Matrix

Also, Liferay recently published the official support matrix for 6.1 and 6.2, which lists the exact versions of software that Liferay is supported with. You no longer have to wonder which exact version of GNU Hurd you can run Liferay on (Hint: The Hurd is not supported :) ).

Liferay Marketplace

Most Liferay-authored plugins were updated to support 6.2 GA1 when it was first released, and remain compatible with this updated GA2 release.

If you are a Marketplace Developer, and have authored a 6.2 CE GA1-compatible app, you should ensure your app continues to work with this 6.2 CE GA2 release. It is Liferay's aim to remain compatible within a given release family, so in the unlikely event that your app works with GA1 but NOT GA2, you will need to make any necessary changes and re-submit, and let the Marketplace team know about any incompatibilities you discovered. Chances are you will have nothing to do (since you declared compatibility with 6.2.0+, which includes 6.2.1).

Also, Marketplace developers should be sure to check out the new Marketplace Developer Portal, and get access to a one-stop shop of resources for... well, you get the idea. It's for app developers. Go there and learn.

Bug Reporting

As always, the project continues to use issues.liferay.com to report and manage bug and feature requests. If you believe you have encountered a bug in the new release (shocking, I know), please be cognizant of the bug reporting standards and report your issue on issues.liferay.com, selecting the 6.2.1 CE GA2 release as the value for the Affects Version/s field.

Upgrading

Good news for those of you on 6.0 or prior! Liferay introduced the seamless upgrade feature with Liferay 6.1. Seamless upgrades allow Liferay to be upgraded more easily. In most cases, pointing the latest version of Liferay to the database of the older version is enough. There are some caveats though, so be sure to check out the Upgrading Liferay chapter of the Liferay User Guide for more detail on upgrading to this release.

Getting Support

Support for Liferay 6.2 CE comes from the wonderful and active community, from which Liferay itself was nurtured into the enterprise offering it is today. Please visit the community pages to find out more about the myriad avenues through which you can get your questions answered.

Liferay and its worldwide partner network also provides services, support, training, and consulting around Liferay via its Enterprise Subscription.

Also note that customers on existing releases such as 6.0 and 6.1 continue to be professionally supported, and the documentation, source, and other ancillary data about these releases will remain in place.

What's Next

Of course we in the Liferay Community are interested in your take on the new features in Liferay 6.2 and the updates in this GA2 release. Work has already begun on the next evolution of Liferay, based on user feedback and community ideas. If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved, visit the Liferay Community pages and dig in.

Kudos!

This release was produced by Liferay's worldwide portal engineering team, and involved many hours of development, testing, writing documentation, translating, testing some more, and working with the wider Liferay community of customers, partners, and open source developers to incorporate all sorts of contributions, both big and small. We are glad you have chosen to use Liferay, and hope that it meets or exceeds your expectations!

In addition to Liferay's engineering staff, a special thanks goes to the many open source developers who volunteered their time and energy to help with the release, whether it was bugfixing, idea generation, documentation, translations, testing, or other contribution that helped to improve this release. Check out the Community Contributor Hall of Fame and be sure to thank them if you run across them in the community!

Threaded Replies Author Date
Great! I couldn't find Maven's artifact on... Thiago Leão Moreira March 21, 2014 7:57 PM
Thiago, I'm so sorry, Maven artifacts and... James Falkner March 22, 2014 10:26 AM
Thanks, great job ! But there's no branch or... juju bou March 24, 2014 1:58 AM
juju: tags are there now!... James Falkner March 24, 2014 5:10 PM
Great news for Liferay People. thanks James and... Meera Prince March 25, 2014 1:17 AM
What about EE SP2? Is EE-SP2 released? Kailash Yadav March 27, 2014 5:05 AM
@Kailash - indeed it is! You can find out more... James Falkner March 27, 2014 8:50 AM
@James - Thanks for reply. One of my friend... Kailash Yadav March 28, 2014 12:02 AM
It actually is SP2, but the Control Panel... James Falkner March 28, 2014 3:39 AM
Hi James, Thanks for the this nice post. Can... Muhammad Umer Zubair March 28, 2014 3:32 AM
Lots of documentation for upgrading here:... James Falkner March 28, 2014 3:40 AM
Is there any expected release date of 6.2 GA3? Haris Ahmed July 15, 2014 11:41 PM
Hey Haris, we've not decided to do a GA3 just... James Falkner July 16, 2014 6:57 AM
Hi James, I saw today that... Thomas Berg August 4, 2014 1:43 AM
Same question here :) juju bou August 4, 2014 2:04 AM
How to update Liferay CE 6.2 GA1 to GA2 ? Hardik Pathak July 18, 2014 8:36 AM
Same question here : do you plan a GA3, and... B C August 7, 2014 9:00 AM
Hey all - there will likely be a 6.2 CE GA3 in... James Falkner August 19, 2014 4:38 PM
Can you name a month for release of GA3? :) Marco Walz September 15, 2014 3:03 PM
Or a year? :D juju bou October 9, 2014 12:45 AM
Is support matrix document same for CE as that... Madhura Ayachit November 5, 2014 2:46 AM
The official Support Matrix is only for EE,... James Falkner November 10, 2014 12:09 PM
Hi James, Do you still have no plan about a... B C January 13, 2015 12:20 AM
I think they won't be any 6.2 GA3 Replaced by 7 ! juju bou January 13, 2015 12:22 AM
Hey all - 6.2 CE GA3 is in the pipe and should... James Falkner January 13, 2015 7:02 AM
Glad to read that :) Thanks for this new James. B C January 13, 2015 7:05 AM
Great ! I'm happy to be wrong :) juju bou January 13, 2015 7:51 AM

Great! I couldn't find Maven's artifact on repositories any news about that?
Posted on 3/21/14 7:57 PM.
Thiago, I'm so sorry, Maven artifacts and Github tags always seem to be done _after_ the realease instead of before! I will see if I can help speed things along.
Posted on 3/22/14 10:26 AM in reply to Thiago Leão Moreira.
Thanks, great job !

But there's no branch or tag 6.2.1 on github ...
Posted on 3/24/14 1:58 AM.
juju: tags are there now! https://github.com/liferay/liferay-portal/releases/tag/6.2.1-ga2

Thiago: Maven artifacts are on their way.
Posted on 3/24/14 5:10 PM in reply to juju bou.
Great news for Liferay People. thanks James and community..
Posted on 3/25/14 1:17 AM in reply to James Falkner.
What about EE SP2? Is EE-SP2 released?
Posted on 3/27/14 5:05 AM.
@Kailash - indeed it is! You can find out more on our Release Dashboard at http://liferay.com/community/releases and as an EE customer you would also have been notified via email, newsletter and the Customer Portal at https://www.liferay.com/group/customer/announcements
Posted on 3/27/14 8:50 AM in reply to Kailash Yadav.
@James - Thanks for reply. One of my friend want to use 30 days Trial offer and he downloaded from https://www.liferay.com/products/liferay-portal/ee/30-day-trial but it seems SP1 not SP2. I checked LR version from Contol Panel and it say "Liferay Portal Enterprise Edition 6.2.10 EE GA1 (Newton / Build 6210 / November 1, 2013)".
Posted on 3/28/14 12:02 AM in reply to James Falkner.
Hi James,
Thanks for the this nice post. Can you guide upgrade process from Liferay 6.2 GA1 to 6.2 GA2.

Thanks
Posted on 3/28/14 3:32 AM.
It actually is SP2, but the Control Panel version isn't updated because sometimes customers don't apply "all" of the patches included in a service pack, so it's possible to not be fully "on" SP2 so we leave the version specifier as-is, and discover which patches have been applied with the patching-tool.
Posted on 3/28/14 3:39 AM in reply to Kailash Yadav.
Lots of documentation for upgrading here: https://www.liferay.com/documentation/liferay-portal/6.2/user-guide/-/ai/upgradi­ng-liferay-liferay-portal-6-2-user-guide-18-en
Posted on 3/28/14 3:40 AM in reply to Muhammad Umer Zubair.
Is there any expected release date of 6.2 GA3?
Posted on 7/15/14 11:41 PM.
Hey Haris, we've not decided to do a GA3 just yet (but there's always a chance). Will keep you posted emoticon
Posted on 7/16/14 6:57 AM in reply to Haris Ahmed.
How to update Liferay CE 6.2 GA1 to GA2 ?
Posted on 7/18/14 8:36 AM.
Hi James, I saw today that https://issues.liferay.com/browse/LPS-44048 was fixed. Will this important fix together with all other fixed issues since GA2 be reason to relase GA3?
It would be really helpful to know if there will be a GA3 within the near future (preferably this week :-)) or if we should go with GA2 in production.

Thanks
Posted on 8/4/14 1:43 AM in reply to James Falkner.
Posted on 8/4/14 2:04 AM in reply to Thomas Berg.
Same question here : do you plan a GA3, and when ? Or is it safe to go with Master on github ?
Posted on 8/7/14 9:00 AM.
Hey all - there will likely be a 6.2 CE GA3 in the near future (not in the next week though!) to address all those big issues our community has reported since GA2 - I cannot give a firm date but we have started a list of must haves - the more votes am issue has on JIRA the greater the chance of it being included! (Not all fixes on master are back ported).
Posted on 8/19/14 4:38 PM.
Can you name a month for release of GA3? emoticon
Posted on 9/15/14 3:03 PM in reply to James Falkner.
Posted on 10/9/14 12:45 AM in reply to Marco Walz.
Madhura Ayachit
Is support matrix document same for CE as that EE edition?
Posted on 11/5/14 2:46 AM.
The official Support Matrix is only for EE, because CE is not officially supported by Liferay Support. But I don't know of any instance where EE worked on a specific App Server / DB / OS combination where CE did not.
Posted on 11/10/14 12:09 PM in reply to Madhura Ayachit.
Hi James,

Do you still have no plan about a future 6.2 GA3 ?
Or could you give us a release date ?

Thanks.
Posted on 1/13/15 12:20 AM.
I think they won't be any 6.2 GA3
Replaced by 7 !
Posted on 1/13/15 12:22 AM in reply to B C.
Hey all - 6.2 CE GA3 is in the pipe and should be out either in the next 2 weeks (we are aiming for this week though). So stay tuned. I will post a blog about what's in it and you'll also see it show up on sourceforge.
Posted on 1/13/15 7:02 AM in reply to juju bou.
Glad to read that emoticon

Thanks for this new James.
Posted on 1/13/15 7:05 AM in reply to James Falkner.
Great !
I'm happy to be wrong emoticon
Posted on 1/13/15 7:51 AM in reply to James Falkner.