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Introduction to Apache Shiro

What is Apache Shiro?

Apache Shiro is a powerful and flexible open-source security framework that cleanly handles authentication, authorization, enterprise session management and cryptography.

Apache Shiro’s first and foremost goal is to be easy to use and understand. Security can be very complex at times, even painful, but it doesn’t have to be. A framework should mask complexities where possible and expose a clean and intuitive API that simplifies the developer’s effort to make their application(s) secure.

Here are some things that you can do with Apache Shiro:

Shiro attempts to achieve these goals for all application environments - from the simplest command line application to the largest enterprise applications, without forcing dependencies on other 3rd party frameworks, containers, or application servers. Of course the project aims to integrate into these environments wherever possible, but it could be used out-of-the-box in any environment.

Apache Shiro Features

Apache Shiro is a comprehensive application security framework with many features. The following diagram shows where Shiro focuses its energy, and this reference manual will be organized similarly:

Shiro targets what the Shiro development team calls “the four cornerstones of application security” - Authentication, Authorization, Session Management, and Cryptography:

There are also additional features to support and reinforce these concerns in different application environments, especially: