Using Alfresco Share:

  1. Upload new document
  2. Change “description” property to “Description 1.0”
  3. Upload new version (1.1)
  4. Change “description” property to “Description 1.1”
  5. Upload new version (1.2)

Modifications on description metadata are stored according to this figure.


In my opinion, this logic seems incoherent: version 1.0 must not store “Description 1.0” value or both versions 1.1 and 1.2 must store “Description 1.1”.

New issue has been created ( in order to clarify Alfresco criteria on this subject.

Final considerations

Once Alfresco resolved the issue, I understood that my thoughts on this were tricky. Real scenario works according to this figure.


Alfresco advice, based on the use of cm:autoVersionOnUpdateProps property, may provide a huge number of versions to the user (one on every property value change). So, maybe the best approach is to version automatically on file upload in order to build a consistent version history for the user.


Alfresco · Metadata versioning analysis


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