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Server Tools

We only include server based tools here that we have tried with good results for legal applications.  Many of the systems listed here are available under multiple licenses, including open source editions and various enterprise and/or cloud editions.  We don’t include tools here that have materially hamstrung their open source version.

A great way to try these tools (and others) is with pre-built virtual machines from Bitnami or Turnkey Linux.  Oracle’s VirtualBox provides an easy way to try server based systems from your own desktop, provided you know a little about networking.

Some of our favorite (and most used) server based tools include:

Alfresco Community

Alfresco is an open-source (LGPL), enterprise grade suite of content, document and workflow management tools built around a common content repository.   Alfresco is very powerful for document and case management and legal workflows and collaboration with internal and external users.
Alfresco includes a content repository, a CIFS interface that provides file system compatibility on Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems via Apache Tomcat, Lucene indexing, and Activiti workflow. The Alfresco system is developed using Java technology. Alfresco implements drag and drop email filing from cross-platform email clients over IMAP.

Extensive first and third-party support and customization is readily available.


ProcessMaker Open Source is a business process management (BPM) and workflow system.  It provides everything, even design tools through a web interface.  Processmaker is much easier to use for role-based, high volume workflows (such as contract workflows) than Alfresco’s custom workflow tools.

First-party support is available for commercial versions.