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The relations between repository, CMS and delivery tier.

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What is Hippo CMS?

Hippo CMS is an open source Java CMS. We built it so you can easily integrate it into your existing architecture.

Open Platform

We are big believers in open source. We use and contribute to many open source components - and our entire core is available under the Apache License

Java Stack

What you'd expect from a Java environment: easy to integrate, testable, ready for continuous integration, and sticking to familiar Java standards such as JCR 2.0 and JAX-RS


Highly scalable platform which supports both  clustering and  replication


Performance matters to us! Hippo CMS  scales both  horizontally and vertically and makes use of  multi-layered caching to squeeze the most out of your implementation


Query content using REST, or import content from somewhere else into Hippo. Hook up an external application into the rendering phase via Spring. Build a Mobile app or an AngularJS app that consumes content from Hippo. Use external data systems to feed our personalisation engine


Protect your content with fine grained authorizations,  LDAP support and secure  replication

The CMS Features You'd Expect

Content editing, workflow, history, version control, image library, user management, out of the box

Flexible Content Model

Fully customizable document oriented content model with built-in modelling tools. Strict separation of content from presentation. Reuse content across Websites, Mobile Websites and apps


Deploy on-premise or in the cloud on your preferred servlet container

Extensible Components

Use or extend existing components from the Hippo Feature Library or build your own. Use JSP, Freemarker or AngularJS to render your components

Give Control To End Users

End users can manage page configurations, menus, URL structures and component mappings. Without you having to go into code


Deliver personalized pages to visitors with the Relevance module


We don't mess with your HTML output. Use whatever web framework you like; Bootstrap, AngularJS, it's up to you


Out of the box querying, facetting and full text search capabilities based on Apache Lucene - or hook up Elasticsearch if you need more power


Can I try it out?

Yes! Try the online demo of  Hippo Enterprise Edition or create your own  project with Hippo Community Edition.

Look under the hood if you like, we share our source code.

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Latest Blogs

How to: Integrate Hippo CMS with an ElasticSearch enterprise search engine
January 28, 2015

Our most recent Hippo Lab focuses on integrating an open source Web Content Management System with an ElasticSearch enterprise search engine.

Kickstart your projects with the Hippo feature library
September 25, 2014

With this feature library, you can add commonly used functionality to your project

Re: [hippo-community] Getting text for PDF assets
by: a.schrijvers | 03-03-15 09:20:02 (CET)

Hey Adrian, On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 8:54 PM, Adrian Moore <> wrote: > I am building a custom search using HstQueryBuilder and adding a scope of > getAssetBaseBean(), which allows me to search my documents and assets. It > is working great. > > One thing I am having trouble

Re: How to get all images in a folder programmatically?
by: Eric Nguyen personal | 03-03-15 09:00:37 (CET)

I've found the XPath expression and I can correctly get the images under an image folder: /jcr:root/content/gallery/scc/gallery1//element(*, hippo:handle) I'm trying the following function in my bean class but I'm getting ClassCastException: public List<HippoGalleryImageSet> getImages() { log

How to get all images in a folder programmatically?
by: Eric Nguyen personal | 03-03-15 04:04:14 (CET)

The idea is the site I'm building need to have galleries of photos e.g. a birthday party event would have a gallery. This makes sense and is quite common in CMS world right? Now I have a document type called Event. For each event there is a link which points to a *folder* under *Images*. How

Re: [hippo-community] Re: HTML 5 file uploader
by: Eric Nguyen personal | 03-03-15 02:53:54 (CET)

That did it, thanks On Monday, 2 March 2015 16:56:56 UTC+8, Canh Ngo wrote: > > Hi Eric, > > The cms version is defined in the release pom file [1]. You can override > the property "hippo.cms.version" with new version number (2.26.13) to > replace the predefined one. > > > [1] - >

Re: [hippo-community] Select multiple images to upload at once - HTML5 file upload
by: Eric Nguyen personal | 03-03-15 02:52:45 (CET)

You are 100% correct. I believe there is a room for improvement here though On Tuesday, 3 March 2015 05:01:25 UTC+8, n.vankampenhout wrote: > > On Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 10:02 PM, Eric Nguyen personal > <> wrote: > > > > According to your documentation, HTML5 file upload includi

Re: [hippo-community] Re: Workflow in Valuelist Item
by: n.vankampenhout | 02-03-15 22:15:23 (CET)

If this is only about updating elastic search, you could probably use the event bus [1, 2] to subscribe to save events and then just update ES whenever a value list is saved? No need for extra workflow. If you do need a publication workflow, you'll need to experiment a bit. I haven't tested thi

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