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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] Re: How to delete document type created under the configuration tab in the cms?
by: Eric Nguyen personal | 04-03-15 04:30:55 (CET)

Hi Mathijs, I've checked out your link but it seems rather complicated. How can I remove a document type I created by accidents? Would this be enough: in CMS Console, delete the node under hippo:namespaces >> myproject? Anything else I need to clean up? On Friday, 27 February 2015 17:47:08 UTC+8,

Site Menu management
by: | 03-03-15 22:31:55 (CET)

Hi, We want to use Hippo as CMS authoring only tool and we do not want to use hippo delivery tier I mean we do not want to write any front end code in the site webapp also mean we do not want to use channel manager. How could we manage the site menu in hippo. Could we manage the site menu simil

Repository initialization
by: Michael Belonosov | 03-03-15 20:21:12 (CET)

Hello! I have built my own hippo project based on hippo-maven-archetype, as described here. I have prepared the PostgreSQL configuration of repository and created hippo database, as described here. Then I've built my app and run it by maven (mvn -Drepo.path=storage). All is ok, Post

Re: RESTful JAX-RS Component Support in HST-2: configuring JAX-RS Extension Providers
by: Sudharshini | 03-03-15 17:47:19 (CET)

Hi, I have defined a resource which works fine and returns a successful response. In case of errors, I am trying to return a custom exception with a custom response (including error code, and message). I have followed the steps provided in the below url (step 4) - Configure JAX-RS Extension Pro

by: Jean Walterz | 03-03-15 17:25:06 (CET)

I have already read it somewhere that Magnolia is the partner of Arvixe. Thanks for the clarification. On Monday, March 2, 2015 at 7:00:49 PM UTC+8, wrote: > > Hi, > > I am looking for a java cms to start a personal project and i would like > to pick on your experience and hear

Re: [hippo-community] Re: Workflow in Valuelist Item
by: n.vankampenhout | 03-03-15 16:46:05 (CET)

I just had a quick look and it appears that indeed saving a value list document does not trigger any event (at least nothing gets written to the audit log). I see event when creating a value list, when renaming one, when deleting one, but not when saving one. Could this be a bug? Niels On Tue

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