Enterprise Applications at the Speed of Digital. Like Ultimus Composed Process, but OpenXava is open source.

Write just the domain classes in plain Java. Get a web application ready for production.

High productivity

You only write the code for your data structure and business logic. You do not write HTML, JavaScript, CSS, SQL, etc. The user interface and the database logic are automatically provided.

Short learning curve

Learning how to write simple Java classes is enough to write complete applications. The OpenXava bundle is prepared for a rapid startup.

Full-featured applications

AJAX user interface with no page reloading. List mode with paging, ordering, filtering, adding / removing / moving columns, PDF reports, export to Excel, cards format, charts, etc. Detail mode with tabs, frames, dialogs, editors for references and collections, responsive layout, etc.

Mobile user interface

In addition to the classic web user interface for desktop you can get a mobile user interface for your application from the same code.

Use your favorite platform

Browsers: Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Databases: Any supported by Hibernate, that is Oracle, DB2, AS/400, Informix, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MS SQL Server and practically all relational databases. Operating systems: Any with Java 8 (or better) support, that is Windows, Linux, Mac, Unix, AS/400, z/OS, etc. Application servers: Any with support for Servlets 3.0 (or better), including Tomcat, JBoss, WebSphere, Glassfish, WebLogic, etc. Enterprise portals: Any with JSR-168 or JSR-286 support including WebSphere Portal and Liferay.

Open source

LGPL license that allows you to develop commercial applications without paying any fees.


The standard labels and messages included in OpenXava are in English, Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, Catalan, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Serbian and Swedish. Moreover, it's pretty easy to add a new language.

The most used Java domain-driven framework

250,000 downloads. 60 authors. Thousands of threads in the forums. Hundreds of applications developed. Hundreds of professionals in LinkedIn with OpenXava experience.

Exhaustive documentation

Complete Reference Guide in English, French, Russian, Chinese and Spanish. Free online course in English and Spanish where an invoicing application is developed from scratch. Book in English and Spanish available from Amazon. Hundreds of videos on YouTube.

Quality support

Free support in community forums, though they have thousands of threads all questions are answered. Moreover, there is professional support available.

Based on Java standards

Thus you can migrate your current Java code easily to OpenXava, and vice versa. You can use any Java tool for OpenXava. Your Java developers are already OpenXava developers. OpenXava supports: JSR-338, JSR-317, JSR-303, JSR-330, JSR-220, JSR-153, JSR-311, JSR-339, JSR-370, JSR-168 and JSR-286.

Third party tools

MinuteProject: Generates an OpenXava application from an already existing database. Mogwai ERDesigner: An entity relationship modeling/design tool(ERD) that generates OpenXava applications. Moskitt: A CASE tool, built on Eclipse, that generates OpenXava applications from UML models.

Active project

6 releases/year, half of them maintenance releases (just with bug fixes). Since 2005.

"Honestly, OpenXava has changed the way rapid Application Development should be. We are happy developers since then."

Malick Lingani

"I have worked before on Low-Code platforms like Mendix, Pega, OutSystems, etc. It seems easier to work without code only drag and drop and set properties, but still it is easier to work with OpenXava."

Okbah Mushaweh

"I can't recall when I was so excited about a framework, specially for web development. I have been in the field since 1983 and I am hard to impress. With OpenXava I am impress!"

Federico Alcántara

"This is like a dream come true, as I have been wanting something like that since the day I programmed my first user interface."

Sebastien Diot

"I must say: my compliments! ... I have actually quite a lot of experience in UI automation. So it takes a lot to impress me. And I am impressed."

Val Huber

"I've been able to put together more functionality in my initial 6 days of starting to learn OpenXava (and I know nothing about java itself - yet) than I was able to accomplish in several weeks of either RoR or Laravel, and I know a bit of Ruby and PHP."

Gerry Gilmoer

"I have been looking for a logical, understandable, simple approach to web tools for years now and OpenXava is the first thing I have found that fits that bill. Most tools like VisualStudio Web App are so extremely confusing and so many moving part that the learning curve is insurmountable."

Dennis Kikendall

"Openxava is brilliant. I used Wavemaker as a UI before, and that was really hard work."

Colin Whyles

"The real catch about our experience while developing with OpenXava was the speed of development without compromising the quality."

Kazeem Akinrinde

"OpenXava for me is an exceptional tool, saving us time, made it standard interfaces, imposed a criterion of unique development in the organization."

Andrea Passoti

"Good tools with good support. Developer utopia!"

Roy Hellinga

"I'm very excited. I have many flight hours as programmer and I didn't find something so good for a long time."

Ricardo Bretón

"I think OpenXava is an extraordinary tool, it makes reality a fantasy, that is MDD and at the same time works like a RAD, all this using Java."

Andrés Carranza Moreno

"Excellent framework. Easy implementation, pretty simple yet very powerful."

Supreme Thanikachalam

"Great for Rapid Development."

Raghu Raman

"I am using OpenXava and finding it wonderfully refreshing, as someone who needs to program in Java with no Java knowledge it is a wonderful tool so thanks!"

M R Waring

"This framework never ceases to surprise me, the best development framework you've never seen, without a doubt. Speechless."

Rafael Martínez

"OpenXava is a high quality framework for Java. Very productive."

Yannick Loukou

September 20, 2021

Refine the user interface with OpenXava

In this new lesson of the OpenXava course we explain how to use two simple annotations in your Java class to define the way the data will be displayed in the user interface. In this way the developer has control over the user interface while it is still generated automatically.