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eXist is a native XML database featuring efficient, index-based XQuery processing. It provides a complete ecosystem for building applications entirely based on XML, XQuery, and related standards. The high-performance XML database engine stores textual or binary data and documents without requiring a database schema. Using XML across all layers makes mapping technologies superfluous and increases productivity. A browser-based IDE and a standardized application packaging system help developers get started quickly.

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Recent releases

  •  23 Feb 2014 11:26

    Release Notes: This release provides a new Range Index, which can accelerate your XQuery code and has proven to be up to 100 times faster than previous versions. Other notable changes include a rewritten crash recovery procedure, a major update of the full text index based on Lucene 4, and many mission critical bugfixes. Concerning security, this release implements the full Unix permissions model, including setuid and setgid bits to allow stored XQuery modules to escalate permissions. The release candidate is feature complete, but not yet recommended for production use.

    •  27 Jan 2014 14:01

      Release Notes: LTS is a long-term support version of eXistdb. It is available as an especially tested and maintained subscription of the community edition, establishing a stable application platform for professional and enterprise users. Additional service-level agreements complement the new commercial offerings. LTS addresses the needs of users who require a stable version or do not have the capacity to follow the Open Source community in search of improvements and bugfixes.

      •  16 Sep 2013 16:35

        Release Notes: Many bugs were fixed.

        •  04 Nov 2004 21:54

          Release Notes: This release fixes many instabilities and database corruptions that were still present in the previous version. The XUpdate implementation should now have reached a stable state. Concurrent XUpdates are fully supported. The XQuery implementation has matured, adding support for collations, computed constructors, and more. Module loading has been improved, allowing more complex Web interfaces to be written entirely in XQuery (see the new admin interface). Finally, there's a new WebDAV module, a reindex/repair option, and support for running eXist as a system service.

          •  04 Feb 2004 14:32

            Release Notes: This release adds support for XQuery 1.0, including static type checks, modules, constructors, Java binding, dynamic execution, and many extension functions. The new XQueryServlet and XQueryGenerator for Cocoon provide a simple way to write entire Web applications in XQuery. In addition, the release contains many bugfixes, improved locking and caching strategies, and support for binary resources.

            Recent comments

            14 Aug 2011 19:29 dannesw

            The release candidate of eXist-db release 1.4.1 can be downloaded from


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