Release Notes for XWiki 6.0

Version 6.9 by Thomas Mortagne on 2014/05/05
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This is the release notes for XWiki Commons, XWiki Rendering, XWiki Platform and XWiki Enterprise. They share the same release notes as they are released together and have the same version.

First version of the 6.x cycle having for main theme performances. This version marks the move to Java 7 as minimum version and comes with among other things a new experimental Flamingo skin, 

New and Noteworthy (since XWiki 5.4.4)

Full list of issues fixed and Dashboard for 6.0.

Moved to Java 7 as minimum version

The minimum required Java version to run XWiki is now Java 7. It's not just the minimum officially supported version, XWiki won't work anymore on Java 6.

Wiki Application Improvements

  • In the Wiki Index, all the wikis that the user can not access are not displayed anymore.
  • Now, by default, guest users can see a subwiki depending if they can see the main one. But of course, it is still possible to manually give view right to guest users in the subwiki's administration.

New Chart Renderers

The stackedbar and stackedbar3D plot renderers were added in the Chart Macro:



Panels Application Improvements

  • The Panels Application is now available from the Applications Panel:


  • The Panels Application's home page now uses a LiveTable to display the list of available Panels:


Standard XAR import scalability

The standard XAR import (in administration) is now based on WikiStream by default. This means that you should (at last) be able to import a XAR of any size (as long as you can attach it to the import page since that's how import UI is working right now).

You can put back old system if any issue using xwiki.action.import.xar.usewikistream property in xwiki.cfg file.

New experimental Flamingo skin

A new skin is now bundled in XWiki: Flamingo. The skin use the well-known Bootstrap framework framework which gives us a modern look-and-feel and makes the UI responsive and thus working on mobile devices.

The skin is currently an alpha version and should not be used in production. In addition, only the view and edit modes are currently implemented (no administration, might have problems with applications...).



To active the skin (for testing purpose only at the moment), edit XWiki.DefaultSkin and put "flamingo" in the "base skin" field or add ?skin=flamingo to your URLs.

We have made some progress in the flamingo skin.

  • The administration is now implemented:


  • The user profile too:


  • The "advanced" edit modes are better (object, class, rights):


  • The "page export" action is now handled via a modal popup:


  • Create/rename/delete actions are now handled by Flamingo:



  • The document references are displayed as wiki >> Space >> Page path in the extension install log.


  • The "membership type" options are more clear


  • The date search facets have a new option 'Older than 30 days':


  • Added built in support for Apple's open directory groups in LDAP authenticator
  • Generate extension event in Wikistream XAR input module when the XAR contains extension informations
  • Add new Locale based API to manipulate current Locale:
  • $ makes a better use of its internal cache, so the performances are better.
  • New API to test if logs of specific level exist in LogQueue.
  • Added support for several sets of properties for the same reference in org.xwiki.model.reference.EntityReferenceSet.
  • The Wiki module does not handle the application descriptors of the deprecated Application Manager anymore.


The following translations have been updated: 

Tested Browsers & Databases

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Here is the list of browsers we support and how they have been tested for this release:

Chrome30.pngGoogle Chrome 34Smoke Tests
Firefox30.pngMozilla Firefox 29 Jira Tickets Marked as Fixed in the Release Notes, Smoke Tests
IE30.pngInternet Explorer 8Not Tested
IE30.pngInternet Explorer 9Smoke tests

Here is the list of databases we support and how they have been tested for this release:

hypersql.pngHyperSQL 2.3.2 Jira Tickets Marked as Fixed in the Release Notes, Smoke Tests
mysql.pngMySQL 5.6.17Not Tested
oracle.pngOracle 11.2Not Tested
postgresql.pngPostgreSQL 9.3.4Not Tested

For the full list of tests see this page.

Known issues

Backward Compatibility and Migration Notes

General Notes

When upgrading make sure you compare your xwiki.cfg, and web.xml files with the newest version since some configuration parameters may have been modified or added. Note that you should add so that XWiki will attempt to automatically migrate your current database to the new schema. Make sure you backup your Database before doing anything.

Issues specific to XWiki <version>

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API Breakages

The following APIs were modified since XWiki 5.4.4:

  • Moved some method from EntityResource to Resource and changed EntityResource constructor:
    org.xwiki.resource.EntityResource: In method 'public EntityResource(org.xwiki.model.reference.EntityReference)' the number of arguments has changed
    org.xwiki.resource.EntityResource: Method 'public java.lang.String getAction()' has been removed
    org.xwiki.resource.EntityResource: Method 'public void setAction(java.lang.String)' has been removed
    org.xwiki.resource.Resource: Method 'public org.xwiki.resource.ActionId getActionId()' has been added to an interface
  • This method is available on the standard JavaScript Window object:
    org.xwiki.gwt.dom.client.DOMUtils: Method 'public void stop(org.xwiki.gwt.dom.client.Window)' has been removed
  • This method did not make any sense and was unusable:
    org.xwiki.model.reference.LocalDocumentReference: Method 'public org.xwiki.model.reference.WikiReference getWikiReference()' has been removed

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