Liferay: How to Setup Liferay 6.2 EE Developer Environment

Installing Liferey Developer Studio

  • Navigate to
  • In the Downloads section, select ‘Windows 64 Bit Bundle’ and click on download.
  • Create a folder on your machine where you want to setup your liferay environment. I have C:\work\liferay\
  • Unzip the downloaded file into the folder you created for liferay development.
  • Open Liferay Developer Studio by clicking on developer studio icon inside your unzipped folder.
  • You will be asked to specify a workspace (I specified, C:\work\liferay\workspace).
  • Start your Tomcat Server.

Updating Licence

  • Once your server has started up, navigate to http://localhost:8080. You will be automatically navigated to the page telling you that the server is not registered. To register the licence:
  • Clear both data and licence folders at LIFERAY_HOME\liferay-develoeper-studio\liferay-portal-6.2-ee-sp5\
  • Place your licence.xml in the deploy directory.
  • Restart your Tomcat Application Server.
  • You should see Liferay configuration page at http://localhost:8080

Configuring Liferay Admin User

Under the Administrator User Section:

  • Enter First Name: admin
  • Enter Last Name: user
  • Email: Enter your email address eg;

Configure Database

Liferay comes packaged with Hypersonic database. It is recommended that you configure it to use a proper DBMS like Oracle, MySQL or SQL Server.
The following will detail the steps to connect to SQL Server.

  • Please create a new database on SQL Server and give it a sensible name, I called it liferay_portal.
  • On localhost:8080, under the database section, click on change hyperlink, this should open up a database configuration section.
  • Under Database Type dropdown select: SQL Server.
  • Under Database URL enter: jdbc:jtds:sqlserver://localhost/liferay_portal
  • Under JDBC driver class name enter: net.sourceforge.jtds.jdbc.Driver
  • Under username enter your database admin username.
  • Under password enter your database password.
  • Click Finish Configuration.

If you encounter a java connection refused exception when trying to connect to the database, please follow the following steps to resolve it.

  • Create a file called
  • Enter the following details in



jdbc.default.username=[your database username]

jdbc.default.password=[your database password]

  • Saved the file at LIFERAY_HOME\liferay-developer-studio\liferay-portal-6.2-ee-sp5
  • Open SQL Server Configuration Manager
  • In the left hand side menu, in the tree structure, select SQL Server Network Configuration -> Protocols for MSSQLSERVER
  • Right click on TCP/IP and enable it (if not enabled).
  • Double click on TCP/IP, this should open TCP/IP popup.
  • Open IP Addresses tab.
  • In the tab, you’ll notice a number of IP addresses listed in each section.
  • In the section where you see IP address, make sure IP is active and enabled and port is 1433.
  • Save your changes.
  • Restart the Liferay Tomcat server, you shouldn’t see any errors now.