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Apache Roller 6 released!

12.30.2019 by Dave Johnson | 0 Comments

The Apache Roller community is pleased to announce the release of Apache Roller 6.0.0, the latest and greatest release of Roller. For more details of the changes introduced with this new version please refer to the release notes in JIRA. In summary, Roller 6 is a new version of Roller with these features:

  • Web interface has been rewritten to use Twitter bootstrap via the Struts 2 Bootstrap tags.
  • Most dependencies have been upgraded to the latest version.
  • Compiled with Java 11 and requires Java 11.
  • The installation guide has been converted from OpenOffice to AsciiDocs.

It should be relatively easy to upgrade from Roller 5.2.4 to Roller 6 because there are no changes to the database schema (that means you can easily roll back if you find problems). The user interface is different and we hope you'll find it better, easier to use, more intuitive and with a more modern feel.

Thanks to the many contributors to Roller for this new release. We hope you'll enjoy and find it useful.

Apache Roller is available on the download page: 

For more information on Apache Roller, visit the project website: 

Apache Roller 5.2.4 is available

08.12.2019 by Dave Johnson | 0 Comments

The Apache Roller community is pleased to announce the release of Roller v5.2.4, a bug fix release that fixes a problem introduced in Roller 5.2.3. The Xinha-based rich-text editor was broken in 5.2.3 and this release fixes that.

The release may be downloaded from the Roller project download page:


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Apache Roller 5.2.3 released

07.11.2019 by Dave Johnson | 0 Comments

The Apache Roller community is pleased to announce the release of Roller v5.2.3, a bug fix release with some minor improvements. You can find the list of fixes and improvements at the end of this email.

Release may be downloaded from the Roller project download page:

Roller 5.2.3 also fixes a Cross-site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability (CVE-2019-0234) in Roller's comment authenticator, so users are strongly encouraged to upgrade as soon as possible.


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Changes in Roller 5.2.3

Bug fixes:

[ROL-2100] - HTTPS Scheme Enforcement feature removed

[ROL-2127] - Automatic database upgrade fails

[ROL-2129] - duplicate index on roller_oauthconsumer as Primary Key

[ROL-2132] - Remember-me fails when LDAP used for auth

[ROL-2135] - Comment Authenticator fix

[ROL-2138] - NOTICE file does not have standard content

[ROL-2143] - Fix mvn jetty:run


[ROL-2137] - Require rememberme.key to be set


[ROL-2142] - Skip RSS/Atom feed fetcher tests on Java 1.7

Apache Roller 5.2 released!

11.06.2017 by Dave Johnson | 0 Comments

The Apache Roller community is pleased to announce the release of Roller 5.2.0. This release includes some small improvements to Roller and a couple dozen bug fixes. It also upgrades many dependencies including Apache Struts 2.5 and eliminates use of Dynamic Method Invocation (DMI).

The list of resolved JIRA issues is here: JIRA Change List

Release may be downloaded from the Roller project Downloads Page


About Roller

05.08.2017 by Dave Johnson | 0 Comments

Featured in OnJava.COM

Apache Roller is the open source Java blog server that once powered the ground-breaking employee blogging site, FreeRoller, JavaLobby's  JRoller community and still powers the Apache Software Foundation blogs. If you want to set up a Java-powered blog server for yourself or for several thousand of your closest friends, try Roller!

Roller supports fundamental weblogging features such as group blogging, RSS and Atom newsfeeds, rich-text editing, customizable page templates, comments, pings, trackbacks, blogroll management and provides Atom Publishing Protocol and XML-RPC interfaces for blogging clients.

Roller was featured in an O'Reilly article on April 17, 2002. That article is no longer online, but you can read it here: Building an Open Source J2EE Weblogger (PDF).

For more information...

For more information about Roller, see the Apache Roller website and the Roller WIKI

Apache Roller 5.1.2 Released!

03.30.2015 by Glen | 0 Comments

Apache Roller 5.1.2 has been released and is available for download here Roller download page.

This release takes care of a potential security problem involving bloggers with admin permissions on a blog being able by default to execute arbitrary code on the server hosting Roller. As a reminder, even without this issue, as bloggers can blog and instantly post anything and everything including copyrighted, privacy-infringing, and other objectionable content, do not grant blog-writing accounts above the "Limited" role (can edit but not post blog entries) to people whom you do not thoroughly know and trust.

Below is the list of fixes and enhancements over Roller 5.1.1:

  • ROL-2057 - Missing NPE check in Roller PageServlet class
  • ROL-2058 - No salt renewal on POST request
  • ROL-2059 - Comment preview is invisible in Gaurav theme
  • ROL-2060 - Missing custom.css import in tags_index.vm in Gaurav theme
  • ROL-2061 - Wrong next month link of Calendar
  • ROL-2062 - Missing NPE check in IndexOperation#getDocument()
  • ROL-2064 - Add viewport meta tag to Gaurav theme
  • ROL-2065 - Gaurav sometimes displaying empty summary as unresolved "$entry.summary"
  • ROL-2066 - Comment URLs using https:// not saving properly in Gaurav theme
  • ROL-2067 - Velocity configuration improvement

Apache Roller 5.1.1 Released!

10.01.2014 by Glen | 0 Comments

Apache Roller 5.1.1 has been released, offering the following fixes/enhancements over Roller 5.1:

  • ROL-1387 - In creating tag aggregate counts (for tag clouds, etc.), count tags only from published blog entries
  • ROL-1620 - Plus signs in Category names result in 404s for Atom and RSS feeds
  • ROL-2050 - Have Design Tab default to Templates page when custom themes are being used (speeds up template customization)
  • ROL-2051 - Themes not falling back to standard templates when mobile ones undefined (affecting ability for Roller to be read from tablets and smartphones.)
  • ROL-2052 - Custom stylesheets not being updated correctly when user switches between shared and custom themes.
  • ROL-2054 - Newly saved categories not appearing on blog
  • ROL-2055 - Comment search should be case-insensitive

Update needed for Roller 5.1 blogs to display on smartphones/tablets

09.02.2014 by Glen | 0 Comments

Note (1 October 2014): Below problem has been fixed with the latest Roller 5.1.1 release.

Apache Roller 5.1 has a bug in which the standard blog theme templates are not being activated when no mobile theme templates are defined, resulting in blogs not being readable in most cases from tablets or smartphones. (Roller 5.1 now allows the option of separate templates, called template renditions, for mobile and standard displays, however the standard rendition is supposed to be activated when a mobile rendition is not defined.) I've just committed a fix to this problem in Roller trunk, i.e., the future Apache Roller 5.1.1. Until we have a new release, here are some solutions to this problem:

  • Upgrade to a snapshot version of Roller containing the fix - Providing you've already upgraded to Roller 5.1, switching to a patched version should be just a simple switch of the WAR file. First checkout and build Roller tag and redeploy the WAR. You can alternatively just deploy Roller 5.1.1-SNAPSHOT (i.e., trunk), which at the point of publication of this blog entry is the same as the above tag, however with additional commits to the trunk over time bugs and incompatibilities may pop up as we develop the code. As with any upgrade, good to manually back up any custom (modified) templates and stylesheets so you can bring them in again if a problem occurs in the upgrade, however this particular patch should not have any effect on customized templates.

  • Switch to the basic-mobile theme. This theme already has separate mobile and standard renditions explicitly defined in its theme.xml descriptor.

  • For shared themes in the WEB-INF/themes folder of the WAR, in the theme.xml (for example here for basic), duplicate each rendition, marking one for standard and one for mobile, just as done right now with the basic-mobile theme. Such a change will result in Roller 5.1 picking up the same template regardless of device type. If you've customized a shared theme however, back up your templates as you will probably need to copy them over once you re-import the new shared theme.

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