In this Tutorial, you are going to learn the essential Requirements for Adobe CQ5 Installation and simple stepwise clarification, of the installation process of AEM/CQ5.

If you are waiting for learning how to Start AEM Server Debug mode and what are the different console or interfaces available in AEM. so you're in right place.

Minimum System Configuration Requirements to Install Adobe CQ5:

  •  A Valid license key
  •  3 GB hard disk drive space.
  •  A Valid Cq5 or AEM quickstart jar.
  •  The Java Runtime Environment (Version 1.7 ).
  •  Minimum 1.5 GB of RAM.
  •  The Java Development Kit Preferable version 1.5 or Advanced version.

Steps For AEM installation :

Create a folder in C or D drive with name author that will contain 3 files. CQ-quickstart jar file, License key file and the quickstart folder that will be created during installation of CQ.

Note: Here should not be any spaces or gaps in the names, this can lead to error.

AEM Installation

Rename the AEM or CQ jar to cq-author-4502.jar:-

  • CQ refers to the Adobe communique application name(you can use any name over here)
  • author refers to the WCM mode we want to use (eg. author or publish)
  • 4502 refers to the port that we want to use for running CQ.

Note:- If no port number is provided in the file name, AEM6.0 will select the first available port from the following list: 1) 4502, 2) 8080, 3) 8081, 4) 8082, 5) 8083, 6) 8084, 7) 8085, 8) 8888, 9) 9362, 10) random.

Copy and paste the author folder on the same path, parallel to author folder and rename it to publish.

AEM instalation PROCESS


Navigate to the “Publish” folder and rename the jar file as CQ-publish-4503.jar.

Note:- we can use any free port, but preferable is 4503 for publishing instance and 4502 port for author instance.)

Double click on respective cq--<4502/4503>.jar, for starting the instance in author/ publish mode. This will take around 5-10 minutes depending upon your system specification to start the instance.

Note:- Many times my CQ crashes due to low memory, to avoid this create a bat file(start.bat) in author/publish folder and write the below code into it. Instead of double-clicking on CQ file now double click on this BAT file to start the server.Replace the CQ jar file name by your file name in bat file.



CQ will start the server on browser window. The default credentials for logging into the instance are:

User Name: admin


URL: For author instance http://localhost:4502 and for publish instance http://localhost:4503.

List of different CQ Admin Console available after installation:-

Site Admin Console:-                                                                                                                                                                  

for opening site Admin console: http://localhost:4502/siteadmin


Url for opening CRX console: http://localhost:4502/crx/explorer/index.jsp



OSGi Management Console

OSGi console is used for starting, stopping and deploying bundles.

Url for opening OSGI Management console: http://localhost:4502/system/console



Crxde Lite is the IDE of CQ, component, template site everything is developed in this zone. Url for the opening crxdeLite console: http://localhost:4502/crx/de


Package Manager

It is basically a part of crxde lite, whre we can install, build and deploy packages. Url for opening Package

Manager console: http://localhost:4502/crx/packmgr/index.jsp


We can also navigate to Package Manager from the homepage of CQ5.