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CQ5 Setup with Eclipse

Below are the steps to set up workspace and start development of CQ5 components in Eclipse:


  1. CQ5 Installation
  2. File Vault (VLT)
  3. Eclipse
  4. Apache Maven


Step 1

  • Create a project in CQ5 using CRXDE LITE
  • Under the /apps folder, create the nt:folder myApp.
  • Under the myApp folder, create the nt:folder components.
  • Under the myApp folder, create the nt:folder templates.
  • Under the myApp folder, create the nt:folder install.
  • Click save button after creating the above things.


Step 2 – Installing File Vault (FLT)

  • In our file system, go to <cq-installation-dir>/crx-quickstart/opt/filevault. The build is available in both tgz and zip formats. Extract either of this two archives.
  • Add <cq-installation-dir>/crx-quickstart/opt/filevault/vault-cli-<version>/bin to your environment PATH so that the command files vlt or vlt.bat are accessed as appropriate. For example, <cq-installation-dir>/crx-quickstart/opt/filevault/vault-cli-1.1.2/bin
  • Open a command line shell and execute vlt –help. Make sure it displays the following help screen:

CQ5 AEM Setup with Eclipse Image 1


Step 3

  • Open eclipse by double clicking eclipse.exe
  • Create a new workspace for your project and name it myApp.
  • install maven plugin through eclipse market place

CQ5 AEM Setup with Eclipse Image 1

  • After installation, restart Eclipse.


Step 4

In this section, we create two Maven projects: One called UI (after User Interface) which contains the Adobe Experience Manager AEM/CQ5 project structure with the JSP scripts and the other called Core which contains the Java code (source and compiled). The compiled code is stored in a jar file. The advantage of such a structure is that it adds modularity and autonomy to the logic of your application because each jar file (bundle) can be managed separately. Follow the below steps:

  1. In Eclipse, click File > New > Other.
  2. In the dialog, select Maven > Maven Project and click Next.
  3. Select the Create a simple project option and the Use default Workspace location option, then click Next.
  4. Specify the following property values for the Maven project, and accept the default values for all other properties:
    • Group Id: com.day.cq5.myapp
    • Artifact Id: ui
    • Name: CQ5 MyApp UI
    • Description: This is the UI module
  5. Click Finish.

Now, set the Java Compiler to version 1.5:

  1. In the Project Explorer view, right-click the ui project and click Properties.
  2. Select Java Compiler and set following properties to 1.5:
    • Compiler compliance level
    • Generated .class files compatibility
    • Source compatibility
  3. Click OK


Now, create the filter.xml file that defines the content that VLT exports:

  • In the Project Explorer view, in the ui/src/main folder, create the content folder.
  • Under content, create the META-INF folder.
  • Under META-INF, create the vault folder.
  • Under vault, create the filter.xml file.

In filter.xml, copy the following code to filter.xml:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>

<!– Defines which repository items are generally included –>

<workspaceFilter version=”1.0″>

<filter root=”/apps/myApp” />

<filter root=”/etc/designs/myApp” />


  • Now, save filter.xml.


Step 5

Use VLT to check out the CQ5 content into your ui project:

  1. In the system command line, change the current directory to the following directory in your Eclipse workspace: <eclipse>/<workspace>/myApp/ui/src/main/content.
  2. Execute the command: vlt –credentials admin:admin co http://localhost:4502/crx
  3. This command creates the folder jcr_root under <eclipse>/<workspace>/myApp/ui/src/main/content. This maps to the CRX root (/). Under jcr_root the following files and folders are created, as defined in filter.xml:
    • apps/myApp
    • etc/designs/myApp
  4. It also creates two files, config.xml and settings.xml in <eclipse>/<workspace>/myApp/ui/src/main/content/META-INF/vault. VLT uses these files.
  5. In the ui Eclipse project, create a link to the apps folder that you just checked out. This link enables your JSP scripts to reference the files.
  6. Right-click ui, select New, and then Folder.
  7. In the dialog box, click Advanced and select Link to alternate location.
  8. Click Browse, specify <eclipse>/<workspace>/myApp/ui/src/main/content/jcr_root/apps, and then click OK.
  9. Click Finish.

For any queries, please feel free to contact – Kedarnath Varadi, kvaradi@nextrow.com

Which Organizations implementing Adobe CQ5/AEM Web CMS

In a competitive business environment, it is a challenge for an organization to take control over its brand presence. That means, every company have to reach its target audience to drive sales of its brand. In other words, the more an organization takes a brand into its customer base, the better it gains profit. One best way to maintain brand presence in a digitally-paced business world is going online because online brand presence plays a major role in a company’s business growth. According to the World Internet Statistics, almost 40% of the world’s population is using internet by 2013 with a growth rate of more than 673% from the last 14 years. These stats offers a clear picture of how the digital experience has been dominating the world from the beginning of 21st century. Also, several companies have been maintaining their own websites to reach their target audience through the internet. However, choosing the right technology will always result in positive outcomes. One such technology is Adobe CQ5, a technology offering trending digital experience.

Organizations implementing Adobe CQ5

Several major organizations including but not limited to Audi, Volkswagen, Hyatt and TE Connectivity have been using Adobe CQ5, also known as Adobe Experience Manager, to improve their online brand presence. Here are some implementation examples of Adobe Experience Manager by major organizations for their business needs.

Hyatt supporting travelers on a global scale using Adobe CQ5:
Hyatt Hotels, an American multi-national hospitality giant, has been manually operating over 600 websites in ten languages using Adobe CQ5 to offer its customers a high-end digital experience. The main focus of the company is to enable customers to plan and manage hospitality while they travel, just by using their websites. Using Adobe Experience Manager, Hyatt is providing huge amount of high-end content to its customers through different medium including tabs, mobile phones, computers and more. According to Hyatt, they managed to move more than 600GB of images to its database using digital asset management capabilities from Adobe Experience Manager. Using Adobe CQ5, it has also managed to publish more than 500,000 web pages globally. More than 250,000 people visit their websites on a daily basis.

Hyatt CMS

1.1 An image showing digital experience of Hyatt’s website

Adobe CQ5 driving Audi to innovate:
German luxury car maker Audi has elevated its digital brand experience by using digital asset and web content management capabilities of Adobe Experience Manager. The company is currently operating 93 websites in 40 different languages with an aim to offer a high-end digital experience to convey message about their vehicles. Audi offers its customers the flexibility to compare vehicles based on specifications, pricing, features and more through their websites before visiting a showroom. Using Adobe CQ5, it has also integrated the Audi Configurator feature, used by more than 90% of its site visitors, to build the model of their choice with options to customize features. Using Adobe Experience Manager, Audi’s dealers and web teams are developing websites, without any technical knowledge, to offer better online customer experience. Every year more than 156 million visitors are navigating through Audi websites for information.

Audi CMS

1.2 An image showing the digital experience of the Audi Configurator feature

Why to Choose NextRow for Adobe CQ5 Implementation?

There are several organizations offering CQ5 development and AEM consulting services but choosing the right one will always matter. To serve all your digital needs, talk to us. We always differ from other companies with our unique services. At NextRow, we have the most creative, experienced and Adobe certified CQ5 developers to assist you in developing a great digital experience using Adobe CQ5 enabling you to reach your target audience globally. We also have hands-on experience in integration of marketing tools such as Eloqua, Marketo, Adobe Campaign with AEM. We also have delivery teams across all time zones to serve you better.

We offer different services with Adobe CQ5 including:

AEM consulting and implementation: Our team of experts will offer you their expertise in Adobe CQ5.x to enable you to implement AEM suite of products in offering your customers a highly personalized digital experience.

CMS migration to Adobe CQ5:

If you want to migrate from different content management system (CMS) tools to Adobe CQ5 then we will be at your service with single request. We have a professional team of experts with deep experience to migrate a range of CMS tools including SiteCore, Acquia, Drupal, Magnolia, Interwoven TeamSite, Jahia, dotCMS, Alfresco, Vignette and custom CMS to Adobe CQ5.

AEM maintenance and support:

We have gained the trust of our clients by not only offering CQ5 development services but also providing support and maintenance services to organizations having their own Adobe CQ5 platform. To meet digital needs of organizations, we also develop custom modules for Adobe CQ5.

AEM, Adobe Marketing Cloud Integration:

To reach target audience globally and offer high-end digital experience to customers of our clients, we will integrate Adobe CQ5 with different tools including Adobe Scene7, Adobe Test&Target, Adobe Social, Adobe SiteCatalyst, and Adobe Audience Manager in the Adobe Marketing Cloud.

Integration with third party applications:

Our team of experts will also integrate AEM with different third party applications including Customer relationship management (CRM), E-commerce and billing.

Besides this, NextRow also offers Adobe CQ5 training services with certified trainers, who have deep experience with major AEM projects. Different types of training programs include CQ Author Training, CQ Developer Training, CQ Advanced Developer Training, CQ System Administrator Training, AEM Digital Asset Management, AEM Social Communities and more.

Adobe CQ5 Overview and Complete History of AEM

In todays fast-faced digital age, the expectations of customers are changing on a daily basis. Most of the organizations are investing in new technologies to digitize their business in a way to reach the expectations of their customers. One such trending technology is Adobe CQ5.

What is an Adobe CQ5

Adobe Communique 5 (Adobe CQ5), currently manifested as Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), is a web-based content management system which is developed to help businesses in offering high-end digital experience to their customers. Adobe Experience Manager enables organizations to create websites, manage content and digital assets of the website. Adobe CQ5 not only enables companies to build websites but also to digitally interact with their customers through several medium including mobiles, web browsers, tabs, desktops and more. AEM also helps businesses to drive sales by attracting customers attention.

History of Adobe CQ5:

CQ5 is a version of Day CQ portfolio developed by a Swiss-based software company Day Software in 2008, followed by Day CQ 3.5, 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2. Adobe Systems renamed Day CQ5 as Adobe CQ5 after acquiring Day Software in 2010. Following the release of the fifth version of CQ5 i.e., 5.5, Adobe renamed it as Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) in 2013 with a sixth version AEM 5.6. Adobe also introduced a new version AEM 6.0 in March, 2014.

Wikipedia CQ5 Versions

Technical Background:

The server of Adobe CQ5 is platform independent as it is based on Java. CQ5 is also based on Apache Sling, Apache Felix (OSGi), Technically, Adobe CQ5 is an integration of both application-level as well as infrastructure-level functions. At the application-level, CQ5 enables users to manage content, mobile apps, digital assets, websites, e-commerce, social communities and more. However, at the infrastructure-level, it can be deployed in a standalone mode or as a web application in third-party server; the Sling Web Application Framework of CQ5 reduces the overhead of developing content-oriented applications for developers; and can store all the data from an author as well as code from a developer of a website on its Java Content Repository (JCR) database. Adobe Experience Manager also uses HTML5 technology to offer high-end visualization of a website.

Benefits of using Adobe CQ5:

With Adobe Experience Manager, organizations can

Develop high-end websites for all types of devices to manage on-site and in-store experiences by using different methodologies from AEM web component library. It helps companies to increase sales.

1. Share all digital assets like audio files, videos, images and more to their targeted audience through every marketing channel available by posting them on the website.

2. Integrate AEM with Adobe Marketing Cloud to develop customized digital assets across all interaction channels including web, video, social and mobile to deliver digital marketing needs using unified capabilities of digital asset management as well as web content management.

3. Engage with customers through Adobe Experience Manager social communities to share opinions, focus on customer preferences and serve them better.

4. Use digital forms from AEM to provide user-friendly experience to the end users and can also offer quick response after submission.

5. Edit interfaces of mobile apps provided by Adobe CQ5 to change data, import digital assets from other medium and improve performance of apps to promote brand.

6. Build their brand by using AEM brand marketing capabilities to create streamline for brand assets approval; search, deliver and organize brand assets; and also share personalized experiences to target channels and more.

Organizations using Adobe CQ5:

Several major organizations with businesses on global scale are using Adobe Experience Manager including Volkswagen, Hyatt, Audi, General Motors and TE Connectivity to offer high-end digital presence of their brands and gain customer loyalty and engagement. So, if you own a business and want to increase your customer base by developing a website, we suggest you to go for Adobe CQ5 without a second thought.

NextRow specializes in implementation of content management applications such as Adobe CQ5, SiteCore, Interwoven Teamsite, WordPress and mobile applications, and integrating them with eCommerce platforms such as Hybris, ATG. We have extensive expertise in Android, iOS platforms.