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Open Source Document Management System (DMS) in PHP?

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Hey Experts,

I currently have a simple FTP site setup in IIS with simple security rights on the FTP folder, but as you probably already know, it is very limited in terms of security, document searching, etc.

I need a simple open source DMS preferrably written in PHP that I can install on my in-house server and run as a website. Here are some of the features I require:

- Anonymous users can view the documents (pdf, docs, images) and search - no login needed (will be viewed by 1000+ users).
- Admins can add users, assign rights, upload, create groups, delete documents
- Authenticated users can upload/delete documents - login needed.
- Search capabilities.

Any suggestions???

Thanks in advance
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE earned 250 total points
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We had a thread a while ago where some experts recommended the open source Alfresco:
http://www.alfresco.com/

I've personally never used it, but experts in that thread spoke highly of it. From the website you can see that there's an active support community for it. Don't know if it will work for you but it's worth a look. Also, here's an EE thread from last year that may be helpful in looking at Alfresco vs. SharePoint:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/MS-SharePoint/Q_25458146.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+10+30+alfresco

Note that some of the data is a couple of years old, such as the accepted solution of:
http://www.cmswire.com/cms/enterprise-cms/sharepoint-vs-alfresco-a-platform-perspective-004549.php

So you'll want to look for updated info.

Another possibility is LetoDMS, an open-source DMS based on PHP and MySQL, published under the GPL:
http://www.letodms.com/

I've installed this but just tested it in a sandbox, so can't speak to how well it would perform in a production environment, but since you're interested in open-source and PHP, it's worth a look.

Regards, Joe
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This one is very simple and doesn't require database setup etc...
Just depends on how far you want to take the options.

http://www.solitude.dk/filethingie/
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Nice examples.
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