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Openfire logo.jpg
Developer(s) Jive Software
Initial release March 15, 2007 (2007-03-15)[1]
Stable release

4.7.4  (November 9, 2022; 2 months ago (2022-11-09))

Preview release 4.7.0 Beta  (December 3, 2021; 13 months ago (2021-12-03)) [±]
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Instant messaging software
License(s) Apache License 2.0

Openfire (previously known as Wildfire, and Jive Messenger) is an instant messaging server application utilizing the XMPP protocol.

Product history

Openfire has its roots in a commercial instant messaging program called "Jive Messenger," developed by Jive Software starting in 2002. On September 28, 2004, the company announced that it would release Jive Messenger under an open-source license.[2]

On December 15, 2005, Jive messenger changed names to "Wildfire Server" or simply Wildfire, starting with version 2.4.0. The name change came about because the company "wanted a name for the server that would be thematically linked and of equal weight" and "simply sounds faster."[3] The company also wanted to distinguish it from other client-side software. With the change also came a 33 percent speed increase in application speed.[3]

With the 3.2.3 beta release on March 15, 2007, Jive was forced to make another change to its product's name, this time due to the Wildfire name being "the subject of a claim by another vendor."[4] The new release was called "Openfire," and it included a new feature: voice over IP (VoIP) calling.[5][1]

Version 3.5 was released on March 27, 2008, and 3.7.1 arrived on October 1, 2011. The public release flow was then quite until the release of version 3.8.0 in February 2013.[6]


The main features of Openfire include:

  • web-based administration panel
  • plugin interface
  • SSL/TLS support
  • ser-friendly web interface and guided installation
  • database connectivity for storing messages and user details
  • LDAP connectivity
  • integration with Spark IM client
  • VoIP calling

Hardware/software requirements

Reference the database installation guide and program installation guide for installation requirements.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Screenshots for Openfire can be found on the Jive Software website.

Entities using Openfire

Further reading

External links