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Released: 25 April 2016


Version 4.3.0 is the newest minor release of uPortal, and it is the product of a significant amount of brand new work.  A total of 122 JIRA issues resolved or closed for this release, including 96 that are not a part of the 4.2.2 (or any other) release.  If I had to sum up this release in one word, it would be this one:  "Polish."  uPortal 4.3.0 brings a large number of performance enhancements, improvements to user experience, and bug fixes.  uPortal 4.3 also includes support for Java 8 & Tomcat 8.


  • Support for Java 8
  • Support for Tomcat 8
  • Ability to manage BROWSE permission in the Portlet Manager
  • Performance fixes & improvements for permissions evaluation & JPA PAGS
  • Numerous improvements to the Tenant Manager
  • Portlet Marketplace improvements
  • New & updated REST APIs
  • Ad hoc PAGS groups (based on membership/non-membership in other groups)
  • Fixes & improvements to Respondr
  • Updates to "Hover" Chrome (options for no-chrome portlets)
  • New menu for small displays, plus optional "flyout" menues (like Universality offered)
  • Allow fragment owners to manage fragment layouts regardless of restrictions
  • Update Bootstrap to version 3.3.5
  • Version updates to the bundled CAS and several bundled portlets

Upgrade Notes:

  • If upgrading from 4.1 or prior, do not attempt an upgrade without an initdb.  If upgrading from 4.1, you can do it if your 4.1 theme was Respondr.  If your 4.1 theme was Universality, you must do an initdb.
  • EntityProperties  The unused entityType was removed;  if you are deploying uPortal 4.3 with an existing database, use the following SQL to remove it:  DELETE FROM UP_ENTITY_TYPE WHERE ENTITY_TYPE_NAME = '';  deployments that run initportal or initdb will not experience this issue.
  • As always with an version update when not doing an initdb, run the command ant -Dmaven.test.skip=true db-update to update the schema of your database.  If you want to review what the changes would be first, run ant -Dmaven.test.skip=true db-gen-update-script -DoutputDir=dbUpdateDdl and review the SQL scripts in that directory.
  • SimpleContentPortlet moved from version 1.x to version 2.x.  If you are upgrading without an initdb and you used the Attachments feature to upload images, documents etc. into SimpleContentPortlets, Announcements, or other locations, you must export the attachments using the 1.x SimpleContentPortlet and import them using the 2.x SimpleContentPortlet.  The attachment storage changed from a Base64-encoded text field to a BLOB.  See Upgrading from 1.2.x or prior to 2.0.0.
  • The Newsreader portlet definitions changed because the single-news-feed portlet is eliminated.  Integrate the changes into your portlet definitions.
  • There are a number of permissions changes that were made in 4.3.0.  As with any upgrade, you should compare your src/main/data for 4.3.0 to your current version, including your institutionalized version of the quickstart entities (most sites copy the quickstart entities to an institution-specific entities directory and customize the institution-specific entities directory).  For more details on that process, see the updating section of Git Workflow for Vendor Branching for more details.  Some particular notes if upgrading from 4.1 or 4.2 to 4.3 without an initdb:
    • For Manage Portlets and other features, there are additional permissions that need to be imported.  There are some permissions that were removed for security reasons.  See the following image for changes that need to be imported and permissions that need to be deleted when going from 4.2.0 to 4.3.0 (non-exhaustive comparison, do your diligence comparing the directories yourself and certainly do it for 4.1 to 4.3.0 as it has additional files needing importing).
      • When going from 4.1 or 4.2 to 4.3.0 you can create your list of files to import and import them all at once using a new capability added to ant data-import.  For 4.2.x to 4.3.0 for instance, you can check out the file and run the ant command ant data-import -Dmaven.test.skip=true -DfilesListFile=uportal-war/src/main/data/default_entities/update4-2to4-3-0.txt to update the standard default-entities as shown in the picture below (you'll still need to use the Admin UI to delete the permissions in grey).  You potentially can just re-import the default_entities directory, but beware that you probably have some overlapping files in your institution_entities directory that would be overridden if you imported the default_entities.


Download the release

You can grab the binary releases, including a ready-to-start Quickstart release, from the GitHub release page.

Security bugs known to affect uPortal 4.3.0

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See also : Release announcement as posted on uportal-user@ email list.

Human readable release notes

See the GitHub release page for human-readable release notes.


Issues addressed in uPortal 4.3.0

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Bugs known to afflict uPortal 4.3.0

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