The best time-to-market for Java.

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

High productivity

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

Short learning curve

If you know basic Java and JPA you're already an OpenXava developer, you don't need any more to create complete applications. The OpenXava bundle is prepared for a rapid startup.

Full-featured applications

Modern web Single-Page Applications (SPA). List mode with paging, ordering, filtering, adding / removing / moving columns, PDF reports, export/import to Excel, cards format, charts, etc. Detail mode with tabs, frames, dialogs, editors for references and collections, responsive layout, maps, discussion threads, photo gallery, file upload, etc.


Flexible enough to solve any case you'll face developing a business application. For the user interface OpenXava has a bunch of annotations to define the layout of the view in a high abstraction level, this is enough for most cases. For the behavior it has a controller framework to define your own behavior for a certain part of the application, or even for overwriting the standard behavior of the whole application. Moreover, you can modify the way any part of the user interface is generated by defining your own editors for certain types or properties. Finally, you can program by hand the user interface of any module of your application using JSP, HTML or JavaScript.

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: Chrome, Firefox, Edge 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.


Many developers have integrated their OpenXava applications with other enterprise technologies and tools such as Talend, Bonita Open Solution, Ehcache, Spring Framework, Spring Security, Spring Scheluding, Quartz, Groovy, IntelliJ, Maven, Grafana, Pentaho, Docker, etc.

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

January 18, 2022

From Struts 2 MVC to OpenXava

Datta Enterprises is an Indian company owned by Bhosle Group with a legacy of more than 70 years and engaged in exports of packaging machines and high precision machine components to Europe and Japan. The apex goal of the company has always been Lean Manufacturing with comprehensive automated control over the business processes in its entirety with minimal human intervention. The ERP is more proactive than reactive, making the management prognosis problems and taking corrective measures before they occur rather than fire-fighting the incidents. The ERP has helped the company to engage minimal workforce, control costs, maintain transparency to the customers as well as the statutory compliance without affecting the product pricing. OpenXava helped develop the ERP with the team concentrating more on building business logic rather than engaging in technical programming details. Thanks to the Business Objects of OpenXava, the entire ERP was developed by just three people, a designer, a developer and a tester. The project went into production on the designated date.

When we asked Ajay Narke, principal developer for the project, why they moved from Struts 2 MVC to OpenXava, he says:

"I shifted from Struts 2 MVC framework to OpenXava as I found working with Business Objects of OpenXava accelerated the development to the fullest throttle."