Jahia and OSGi
March 6, 2023
Jahia uses OSGi to package and distribute Jahia modules. This means that you can now dynamically deploy and undeploy modules into a Jahia installation, making it easier to manage modules during both development and production phases.
How is it better?
In the following table we show the main differences in traditional extensions development in non-OSGi (competing) systems and Jahia OSGi platform.
|Non OSGi platforms||Jahia (with OSGi)|
|Class or library deployment||Requires web app restart||No restart needed|
|Module is "exploded" on deployment|
|Quick changes to source files don't require deployment||Only works in exploded directory, not module's source|
|External libraries are deployed into WEB-INF/lib and exposed to all other modules|
|Undeployment cleans up everything immediately|
|Modules depending on others cannot be deployed without their dependency|
|Modules started/stopped after installation|
- Modules can be fully undeployed at run-time (including module libraries)
- No writing inside web application /modules directory at deployment
- Deploy directly modules from public or private stores
- Tools for module administration & debugging
- Only declared resources are web accessible (closed by default)
- And more…
- Undeploy and redeploy any module code changes without restarting Jahia server
- Embed your own versions of libraries if the ones bundled with Jahia don’t fit your needs
- Expose new services or use services registered by other modules
- New tools to help with OSGi development
- And a lot more!