Apache CXF: An Open-Source Services Framework


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.


April 17, 2012 - Apache CXF 2.6.0 released!

The Apache CXF team is proud to announce the availability of the latest release: 2.6.0. This release contains many new features and enhancements. See the migration guide for more information.

Downloads are available here.

April 17, 2012 - Apache CXF 2.3.10/2.4.7/2.5.3 released!

The Apache CXF team is proud to announce the availability of the latest patch releases. Over 110 JIRA issues were fixed for 2.5.3. Over 75 were back ported to 2.4.7 and 25 to 2.3.10.

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.

It also includes a "simple frontend" which allows creation of clients and endpoints without annotations. CXF supports both contract first development with WSDL and code first development starting from Java.

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

To get started using CXF, check out the downloads, the user's guide, or the mailing lists to get more information!



Support for Standards

JSR Support
WS-* and related Specifications Support

Multiple Transports, Protocol Bindings, Data Bindings, and Formats

Flexible Deployment

Support for Multiple Programming Languages


Getting Involved

Apache CXF is currently under heavy development. To get involved you can subscribe to the mailing lists. You can also grab the code from the Source Repository. You also need to read about Building CXF. For Eclipse users, you should read about Setting up Eclipse.