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.

<insert description of release here>

New and Noteworthy (since XWiki <version - 1>)

Full list of issues fixed and Dashboard for <version>.

Requires Java 8

Java 8 is now required to run XWiki. If you use an earlier version of Java, you'll get an error while starting XWiki such as:

Caused by: java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: org/xwiki/tools/jetty/listener/NotifyListener : Unsupported major.minor version 52.0

Active Installs

New widget displayed on the dashboard to see the number of Active Installs count per XWiki Cycle version:


Tips Panel

A new Tips Panel has been added by default. Example:



Sandbox Relocation

The Sandbox pages were previously accessible through a link in the Quick Links Panel. This link has been removed and instead a Sandbox entry has been added in the Applications Panel


In addition the message about the shortcut key to use the "Jump To Page" feature has been moved to the new Tips Panel.

Here's how the home page looks like now:



  • The xwiki.usedefaultweb parameter from xwiki.cfg has been removed. See below.
  • The Annotations Application's Administration section has been updated to present the exception spaces as "locations", using the documentTree macro. The behavior has not been changed.


See the full list of JIRA issues fixed in this release.

For Developers

<developer feature N>

<description of developer feature N>

Deprecated and Retired projects

<description of deprecated and retired projects>


The following dependencies have been upgraded:


  • IRC Bot Application has been moved to XWiki Contrib under the new extension id of org.xwiki.contrib:application-ircbot-ui
  • Selenium Application had been moved to XWiki Contrib under the new extension id of org.xwiki.contrib:application-selenium
  • FAQ Application has been moved to XWiki Contrib under the new extension id of org.xwiki.contrib:application-faq-ui
  • The XAR plugin now also verifies that Translations.xml pages are using the plain/1.0 syntax.


The following translations have been updated: 

Tested Browsers & Databases

The QA Tests are executed after the release has been done. Thus, they are being prepared now and will be published soon.

Performances tests compared to <last super stable version>

<a summary of the comparison with latest super stable version>

More details on <link to the test report>.

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 8.1-milestone-1

  • The xwiki.usedefaultweb parameter has been removed from xwii.cfg. This parameter had not been working since XWiki 7.2-milestone-1; when we introduced Nested Pages we had to make a choice and we decided to support addressing top-level Nested Pages without having to have WebHome in the URL (nor having to finish URLs with a trailing /). For example, http://<server>/xwiki/bin/view/something points to something.WebHome by default since XWiki 7.2-milestone-1.
  • Since we've modified content of the Quick Links Panel, the Distribution Wizard may detect a merge conflict if this panel was customized. In addition, the Quick Links panel may disappear after an upgrade to 8.1M1+. You can add it back from the administration UI if you want to keep it (e.g. if it has
    been customized).

API Breakages

The following APIs were modified since <project> <version - 1>:

<clirr output here>

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