Sesame is a powerful Java framework for processing and handling RDF data. This includes creating, parsing, storing, inferencing and querying over such data. It offers an easy-to-use API that can be connected to all leading RDF storage solutions.

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Sesame 2.8.0 released

Sesame 2.8.0 released

February 10, 2015 - Sesame 2.8.0 is a long-awaited new release which addresses over 60 issues. The main new features in this release are:

  • Configurable transaction isolation levels in Repository and SAIL API
  • Full compatbility with the new RDF 1.1 Recommendation
  • Upgrade to Apache HttpComponent HttpClient 4.4
  • Re-integration of the LuceneSail as a Sesame component
  • Multiple usability improvements in the Model and Repository APIs

We strongly encourage existing Sesame users to examine the upgrade notes before updating their current deployments.

See the JIRA Changelog for a complete listing of all fixed issues.

Since Sesame 2.8 contains several changes at the API level, our intent is to continue producing 2.7.x bugfix releases for a short while, gradually phasing out in the second half of this year. Main feature development now shifts to development of Sesame 4.0, a major new release aimed at Java 8 feature usage and general API improvements. This release is tentatively scheduled for beginning of Q3 2015.

Sesame 2.7.14 released

Sesame 2.7.14 released

November 19, 2014 - Sesame 2.7.14 is a maintenance release, addressing 23 issues.

A major new improvement in Sesame 2.7.14 is a new SPARQL editor in the Sesame Workbench, based on YASQE, which supports a.o. syntax highlighting and namespace autocomplete. Many thanks to Laurens Rietveld (from the Data2Semantics and COMMIT project) for his work on integrating this into the Workbench!

Apart from this, a substantial amount of bugs have been fixed in various areas of the framework, including the SPARQL engine, transaction handling, and parsing.

For a full overview of fixes, see the JIRA Changelog.

New website!

Oct 20, 2014 - as you can see, we've revamped the Sesame website, and have moved to a new and sleek home. The official Sesame project website is now located at We have given things a fresh coat of paint, have included more information on the people and companies behind the Sesame development team, and have hopefully made things easier to find for all people interested in Sesame. Feel free to get in touch (via the community support forum) to let us know what you think!


You can download the latest Sesame or Alibaba distributions via Sourceforge:

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Note that the Sesame documentation is being extensively revised and updated, and some parts may be incomplete.



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