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CXF™: An Open-Source Services Framework



Dec 7, 2010 - Apache CXF 2.3.1 and 2.2.12 are released

The Apache CXF team is proud to announce the availability of the latest patches: 2.3.1 and 2.2.12.

2.3.1 fixes over 55 JIRA issues reported against 2.3.0. See:

2.2.12 fixes over 45 JIRA issues reported against 2.2.11. See:


2.2.12 is the last planned release for the 2.2.x series. Users are highly encouraged to upgrade to 2.3.x as soon as possible.

Oct 11, 2010 - Apache CXF 2.3.0 is released!

Apache CXF 2.3.0 is a pretty significant upgrade from the 2.2.x series of releases. There are plenty of new features and other improvements including:

  • JAX-WS 2.2 Support
  • JAX-RS 1.1 Support
  • New annotations of java first use cases
    • @WSDLDocumentation annotation to add documentation nodes to generated wsdl
    • @SchemaValidation annotation to turn on schema validation
    • @DataBinding to set the databinding used (if other than JAXB)
    • @GZIP to turn on GZIP compression
    • @FastInfoset to turn on FastInfoset support
    • @Logging to turn on and control various Logging functionality
    • @EndpointProperty to configure endpoint properties
    • @Policy to associate WS-Policy documents with the service
  • SOAP over JMS 1.0 specification implementation
  • SDO databinding
  • Schema Validation support for Aegis data binding if Woodstox 4 is used for the Stax parser

See the release notes for the latest migration and upgrade information.

Downloads are available here.




Apache CXF™ is an open source services framework. CXF helps you build and develop services using frontend programming APIs, like JAX-WS and JAX-RS. These services can speak a variety of protocols such as SOAP, XML/HTTP, RESTful HTTP, or CORBA and work over a variety of transports such as HTTP, JMS or JBI.


May 13, 2019 - Apache CXF 3.3.2 released!

The Apache CXF team is proud to announce the availability of our latest patch release!  Over 31 JIRA issues were fixed in this release.

This is mostly a patch release to fix problems and issues that users have encountered.   Downloads are available here.

May 13, 2019 - Apache CXF 3.2.9!

The Apache CXF team is proud to announce the availability of the latest patch releases. Over 11 JIRA issues were fixed for 3.2.9.

This is mostly a patch release to fix problems and issues that users have encountered.   Downloads are available here.


CXF includes a broad feature set, but it is primarily focused on the following areas:


CXF implements the JAX-WS APIs (TCK compliant). CXF JAX-WS support includes some extensions to the standard that make it significantly easier to use, compared to the reference implementation: It will automatically generate code for request and response bean classes, and does not require a WSDL for simple cases.


For REST, CXF also supports a JAX-RS (TCK compliant) frontend.

  • Ease of use: CXF is designed to be intuitive and easy to use. There are simple APIs to quickly build code-first services, Maven plug-ins to make tooling integration easy, JAX-WS API support, Spring 2.x XML support to make configuration a snap, and much more.
  • Binary and Legacy Protocol Support: CXF has been designed to provide a pluggable architecture that supports not only XML but also non-XML type bindings, such as JSON and CORBA, in combination with any type of transport.


  • Basic support: WS-I Basic Profile 1.1
  • Quality of Service: WS-Reliable Messaging
  • Metadata: WS-Policy, WSDL 1.1 - Web Service Definition Language
  • Communication Security: WS-Security, WS-SecurityPolicy, WS-SecureConversation, WS-Trust (partial support)
  • Messaging Support: WS-Addressing, SOAP 1.1, SOAP 1.2, Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism (MTOM)
OpenAPI Specification (OAS) Support
  • OAS 2.0 (classic Swagger specification)
  • OAS 3.0.x (new revised specification)

Multiple Transports, Protocol Bindings, Data Bindings, and Formats

  • Transports: HTTP, Servlet, JMS, In-VM and many others via the Camel transport for CXF such as SMTP/POP3, TCP and Jabber
  • Protocol Bindings: SOAP, REST/HTTP, pure XML
  • Data bindings: JAXB 2.x, Aegis, Apache XMLBeans, Service Data Objects (SDO), JiBX (under development)
  • Formats: XML Textual, JSON, FastInfoset
  • Extensibility API allows additional bindings for CXF, enabling additional message format support such as CORBA/IIOP


  • Generating Code: WSDL to Java, WSDL to JavaScript, Java to JavaScript
  • Generating WSDL: Java to WSDL, XSD to WSDL, IDL to WSDL, WSDL to XML, IDL to WSDL
  • Adding Endpoints: WSDL to SOAP, WSDL to CORBA, WSDL to service
  • Generating Support Files: WSDL to IDL
  • Validating Files: WSDL Validation