Features

Vaadin Framework is a Java web application development framework that is designed to make creation and maintenance of high quality web-based user interfaces easy. Vaadin supports two different programming models: server-side and client-side.

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Comprehensive Component Framework
  • A large set of user interface components, controls and widgets
  • Rich and interactive widgets with built-in lazy loading
  • Mobile touch event support
  • Drag and drop support
  • Build layouts in Java or in HTML - or both
  • Data binding using MVC (model-view-controller) or MVP (model-view-presenter)
  • Create new components with composition and inheritance
  • Over 300 add-on components available at vaadin.com/directory
Web Compatibility
  • Client-side is based on Google Web Toolkit (GWT)
  • No browser plugins needed
  • Supports all major web browsers (see separate list)
  • Browser window and tab support
  • Back button support
  • Deep-linking support
  • URL parameter and fragment handling
  • Embed to any web page
  • HTML5 Audio support
Customizable Look and Feel
  • Powerful CSS and SASS based component styling
  • Good looking built-in themes and styles
  • Build custom application themes without changing Java code
Java Web Development
  • Java-only: type-safe, object-oriented web development
  • Easy and powerful server-side programming model
  • Maven based dependency management
  • OSGi compatible
  • Compatible with any other JVM language like Groovy
Secure Web Application Architecture
  • Server-side UI state management
  • Application code, validations and business logic runs in the server
  • Secure parameter and request validation
  • Built-in JSR-303 validation support
  • CSRF protection and SSL support
Extensible Component Architecture
  • Extensible widgets based on Google Web Toolkit (GWT)
  • Easy, Jar or Zip based widget packaging
  • Developer-to-developer distribution of add-ons in Vaadin Directory
Tools
  • Eclipse IDE plugin
  • IntelliJ IDEA plugin
  • Netbeans IDE integration
  • Maven and Ivy dependency management and artifacts
  • UI testing with Vaadin TestBench and JUnit
Deployment
  • Java EE and Servlet 2.4+ based deployment (JSR-154)
  • Support Portlet deployment (JSR-286)
  • Compatible with Google App Engine (GAE)

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Add-ons

In addition to core features listed here, there are nearly 300 free, open-source and commercial add-ons for Vaadin available in Vaadin Directory

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Compatible Web Browsers

  • Android 2.3 or newer
  • Google Chrome 23 or newer
  • Internet Explorer 8 or newer
  • iOS 5 or newer
  • Mozilla Firefox 17 or newer
  • Opera 12 or newer
  • Safari 6 or newer

Compatible Application Servers

  • Apache Tomcat, version 5.0 or newer
  • eXo Platform 3 or newer
  • GateIn Portal 3.1 or newer
  • Glassfish, version 2.0 or newer
  • Google App Engine
  • IBM WebSphere® Application Server, version 7 or newer
  • JBoss Application Server, 4.0.0 or newer
  • Jetty, version 5.0 or newer
  • Liferay Portal 5.2 or newer
  • Oracle WebLogic® Server, version 10.3 or newer

Vaadin supports Java Servlet API 2.4 and JSR-286 Portlet Specifications and should work with any Java application server that conforms to these standards.

Operating Systems

Vaadin is based on Java and it is compatible with most operating system supporting Java 6 or newer Java releases.