Islandora is a completely free open-source software framework designed to help institutions and organizations and their audiences collaboratively manage and discover digital assets using a best practice framework.  Islandora is implemented and supported by an ever-growing international community.

Built on a base of Drupal, Fedora, and Solr, Islandora's flexibility empowers users to work with a huge variety of data types (such as image, video, and pdf) and knowledge domains (such as Chemistry and the Digital Humanities) and provides integration with additional viewers, editors, and data processing applications.

Islandora has out-of-the-box support for:
Any Digital File Type
Batch Ingest and Migrations
Faceted Searching
Flexible Metadata
Flexible Storage
JSON-LD Serialization
Linked Data
Multilingual Content and Interface
Usage Statistics

Additionally, you can extend Islandora using any of the hundreds of modules built by the Drupal community.

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The Islandora Foundation

The Islandora Foundation is a federally incorporated, community-driven soliciting non-profit operating under Corporation Number 848647-6. Our mission is to steward the Islandora software platform and the community that develops and supports it.


Islandora and all of its components are completely free to use.

Get Started

Try out Islandora, browse our documentation, and download the version that best suits your needs.


Participate in Islandora events and user groups to expand your skills and share your experience. Connect with new partners and colleagues.


Take an active role in our open source community and help to make Islandora even better.


From user documentation and community support to trusted vendors, we have the resources to help you make the most of Islandora.

Islandora Minute: Apache Solr

When first coming to discoverygarden, I was overwhelmed with a number of acronyms and terms that instantly flew over my business-minded head. One term that I often heard was Solr, which in my mind was spelt “solar” making it difficult to find on the internet and learn about on my own time. After some more thorough research and digging I came to find that what Solr does is something that I had been taking for granted for the better part of my life.

Islandora uses Apache Solr as its search engine. Solr is an open source enterprise search engine and is a part of the Apache Lucene project. Lucene itself began in 1999 and became part of the Apache Software Foundation’s family in 2001. Solr came along in 2004 as an internal search engine at CNET Networks which later donated the source code to Apache.


Islandora Installer for Windows

With the new website comes a new effort to highlight some of the great contributions that have come to the Islandora project from its community of users and develpers. To get us started, I decided to go back to a community contribution that I tested back in November 2012: The Islandora Installer for Windows.