Looking for an OpenSymphony project?

Unfortunately, OpenSymphony has seen its final days. Started originally by some of the great minds of open source Java, it had a great run and produced some of the best open source Java libraries out there:

Some of these projects have moved on: WebWork lives on in Struts and Quartz, SiteMesh, and Compass all have their own homes now. But others have been left stagnant for years and were unfairly misleading to developers, giving the impression that they were viable projects even though no one had been involved in years.

Rather than continue to mislead developers about the state of the projects, we've decided to lay it all out there and hope that the interesting projects will eventually get forked and live again on another site such as Google Code, Github, or Bitbucket.

So what now?

If you're looking for information on the following projects, you can find more information at it's new home:

Project New Home
WebWork and XWork http://struts.apache.org/
Quartz Scheduler http://www.quartz-scheduler.org/
SiteMesh http://www.sitemesh.org/
Compass http://www.compass-project.org/
OGNL http://incubator.apache.org/ognl/

If you're looking for information on a project not listed, that means it's not actively maintained. That doesn't mean the project is useless, it just means no one runs it right now. But some projects are still certainly useful, so the following may help you better use it.

Project Websites

We recommend using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to browse around the old project sites, which are no longer hosted here. Follow this link to see what the site looked like in November, 2010.

Source Code

Source code for OpenSymphony projects was kept in a few places, so look around and make sure you find the latest:


For the jar files, the best place to look is in the public Maven repository. Search for "opensymphony" or the specific project name (ie: "sitemesh" or "osworkflow"). In addition, some of the downloads can be found on special pages on java.net:

Bug Tracker and Wiki

Again, we recommend the Wayback Machine for the old JIRA instance (bug tracker). Unfortunately, due to robots.txt the wiki was not archived. We have shut it down, but we may consider bringing it back up if some critical content is needed to be pulled.

Mailing Lists

There are no active mailing lists or forums hosted by OpenSymphony. However, check out the project homepages for any surviving projects and you may find some mailing lists or forums. In addition, the following may be helpful:

Final Words

While it's sad to finally put OpenSymphony to bed, we hope this announcement at least gives clarity on the status of the projects. If you have questions that aren't answered on this page, you can email opensymphony@lightbody.net but we can't guarantee that we can answer your question. We will try to keep this page updated with more information as it comes up.