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.


November 7, 2017 - Apache CXF 3.2.1/3.1.14 released!

The Apache CXF team is proud to announce the availability of the latest patch releases. Over 32 JIRA issues were fixed for 3.2.1 which many of those fixes back ported to 3.1.14.

A new security advisory CVE-2017-12624 was fixed for CXF 3.2.1 and 3.1.14.

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

September 13, 2017 - Apache CXF 3.2.0 released!

The Apache CXF team is proud to announce the availability of the latest major version of CXF: 3.2.0.   3.2.0 contains several new features including full JAX-RS 2.1 support, updated Swagger support, enhanced tracing support, WS-Transfer support, and much more. 

Downloads are available here.   See the migration guide for more details.

August 3, 2017 - Apache CXF 2.6.17 released!

Apache CXF 2.6.17 has been released. This is a once-off release to fix some security advisories that have been fixed in more recent versions of CXF. CXF users should try as much as possible to upgrade to a more recent and supported version of CXF.

The advisories fixed in this release are as follows:

 - CVE-2014-3577
 - CVE-2014-3623
 - CVE-2015-5253
 - CVE-2016-8739
 - CVE-2016-6812
 - CVE-2017-5656


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

CXF implements the JAX-WS APIs. 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 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.