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Welcome to Apache CXF!
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.
CXF includes a broad feature set, but it is primarily focused on the following
* Web Services Standards Support: CXF supports a variety of web service
standards including SOAP, the Basic Profile, WSDL, WS-Addressing,
WS-Policy, WS-ReliableMessaging, WS-Security, WS-SecurityPolicy,
WS-SecureConversation, and WS-Trust.
* Frontends: CXF supports a variety of "frontend" programming models. CXF
implements the JAX-WS APIs. 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. There is also a JAX-RS frontend for providing
* 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.
This distribution includes cryptographic software. The country in
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possession, use, and/or re-export to another country, of
encryption software. BEFORE using any encryption software, please
check your country's laws, regulations and policies concerning the
import, possession, or use, and re-export of encryption software, to
see if this is permitted. See <http://www.wassenaar.org/> for more
The U.S. Government Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and
Security (BIS), has classified this software as Export Commodity
Control Number (ECCN) 5D002.C.1, which includes information security
software using or performing cryptographic functions with asymmetric
algorithms. The form and manner of this Apache Software Foundation
distribution makes it eligible for export under the License Exception
ENC Technology Software Unrestricted (TSU) exception (see the BIS
Export Administration Regulations, Section 740.13) for both object
code and source code.
The following provides more details on the included cryptographic
For an Apache CXF source distribution, please read BUILDING.txt for
instructions on building Apache CXF.
For an Apache CXF binary distribution, please read release_notes.txt
for installation instructions and list of supported and unsupported
Alternatively, you can also find out how to get started here:
If you need more help try talking to us on our mailing lists:
If you find any issues with CXF, please submit reports with JIRA here:
We welcome contributions, and encourage you to get involved in the CXF
community. If you'd like to learn more about how you can contribute, please
Thank you for using CXF!
The Apache CXF Team