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FreeMarker Project Incubation Status

This page tracks the project status, incubator-wise. For more general project status, look on the project website.

The FreeMarker project graduated on 2018-03-21


FreeMarker is a template engine, i.e. a generic tool to generate text output based on templates. FreeMarker is implemented in Java as a class library for programmers.


  • 2015-07-01 Project enters incubation.
  • 2015-08-01 All SGA-s and ICLA-s collected.
  • 2015-09-02 Git repositories imported from GitHub.
  • 2015-09-05 becomes the offical mailing list
  • 2015-11-03 All web site content is moved to the ASF infrastructure, the domain was transferred too
  • 2016-01-28 Apache FreeMarker 2.3.24-rc01-incubating released (this is a public release)
  • 2016-03-14 is our canonical domain again (fully server from ASF infrastructure), until graduation
  • 2016-03-28 Apache FreeMarker 2.3.24-incubating released
  • 2016-06-26 Apache FreeMarker 2.3.25-incubating released
  • 2017-02-13 New committer added: Woonsan Ko
  • 2017-03-25 Apache FreeMarker 2.3.26-incubating released
  • 2017-06-24 Based on the source code donated by Kenshoo, Ltd., goes online on ASF infrastructure
  • 2017-11-03 Apache FreeMarker 2.3.27-incubating released
  • 2017-11-04 Switched home page domain from to
  • 2017-11-09 New PPMC member added: Woonsan Ko
  • 2017-11-13 New PPMC member added: Jacques Le Roux

Project info

item type reference
Website www
Mailing list dev
notifications (Git commits, Jira)
Bug tracking Report new issues here:;
Earlier issues (weren't yet migrated):
Source code Template engine
Web site
Manual and web site generator
Template evaluator web site
Mentors jacopoc Jacopo Cappellato
jfclere Jean-Frederic Clere
jonesde David E. Jones
rgoers Ralph Goers
wikier Sergio Fernández
Committers ddekany Dániel Dékány
edendramis Evangelia Dendramis
jleroux Jacques Le Roux
nanlei Nan Lei
woonsan Woonsan Ko

Note for PPMC members: The "master" of the roster (list of members) is now here at Whimsy!

Incubation status reports

Incubation work items

Project Setup

This is the first phase on incubation, needed to start the project at Apache.

Item assignment is shown by the Apache id. Completed tasks are shown by the completion date (YYYY-MM-dd).

Identify the project to be incubated

date item
2015-09-20 Make sure that the requested project name does not already exist. Done in PODLINGNAMESEARCH-107.
2015-07-01 If request from anywhere to become a stand-alone PMC, then assess the fit with the ASF, and create the lists and modules under the incubator address/module names if accepted.


date item
2015-09-02 Ask infrastructure to create source repository modules and grant the committers karma.
2015-07-01 Ask infrastructure to set up and archive mailing lists.
2015-10-02 Ask infrastructure to set up issue tracker (JIRA, Bugzilla).
2015-11-03 Migrate the project to our infrastructure.

Mentor-related responsibility/oversight

date item
2015-08-14 Subscribe all Mentors on the pmc and general lists.
2015-08-14 Give all Mentors access to the incubator SVN repository. (to be done by the Incubator PMC chair or an Incubator PMC Member with karma for the authorizations file)
2015-08-14 Tell Mentors to track progress in the file 'incubator/projects/freemarker.html'
date item
2015-08-01 Check and make sure that the papers that transfer rights to the ASF been received. It is only necessary to transfer rights for the package, the core code, and any new code produced by the project.
2015-09-02 Check and make sure that the files that have been donated have been updated to reflect the new ASF copyright.

Verify distribution rights

date item
2015-10-07 (or earlier) Check and make sure that for all code included with the distribution that is not under the Apache license, we have the right to combine with Apache-licensed code and redistribute.
2015-10-07 (or earlier) Check and make sure that all source code distributed by the project is covered by one or more of the following approved licenses: Apache, BSD, Artistic, MIT/X, MIT/W3C, MPL 1.1, or something with essentially the same terms.

Establish a list of active committers

date item
2015-07-06 (or earlier) Check that all active committers have submitted a contributors agreement.
2015-07-06 Add all active committers in the STATUS file.
2015-10-07 (or earlier) Ask root for the creation of committers' accounts on

Project specific

  • As soon as the project graduates, the canonical project homepage domain changes to an subdomain, and must redirect to that domain.


These action items have to be checked for during the whole incubation process.

These items are not to be signed as done during incubation, as they may change during incubation. They are to be looked into and described in the status reports and completed in the request for incubation signoff.

Collaborative Development

  • Have all of the active long-term volunteers been identified and acknowledged as committers on the project?
  • Are there three or more independent committers? (The legal definition of independent is long and boring, but basically it means that there is no binding relationship between the individuals, such as a shared employer, that is capable of overriding their free will as individuals, directly or indirectly.)
  • Are project decisions being made in public by the committers?
  • Are the decision-making guidelines published and agreed to by all of the committers?

Licensing awareness

  • Are all licensing, trademark, credit issues being taken care of and acknowleged by all committers?

Project Specific

Add project specific tasks here.


Things to check for before voting the project out.

Organizational acceptance of responsibility for the project

  • If graduating to an existing PMC, has the PMC voted to accept it?
  • If graduating to a new PMC, has the board voted to accept it?

Incubator sign-off

  • Has the Incubator decided that the project has accomplished all of the above tasks?