What is Hippo CMS? 

Hippo CMS is an open source Java CMS for creating personalized experiences across all channels. Hippo’s clean, modular architecture and support for open standards make it the ideal solution for agile development and open integration. Hippo's emphasis on the separation of the content from the presentation logic enables content editors to create content once, and then publish it to web sites, mobile sites, Facebook, REST services, digital magazines, mobile apps, and so on. Hippo enables webmasters to create new channels or configure existing page templates using its Channel Manager and Template Composer. Using the Relevance Module, specific content can be targeted at specific visitors based on the visitor’s current context, past personal history and matching personas created by the marketing team.

Under the hood Hippo CMS supports many open standards such as JCR and REST to simplify development and integrations with existing systems. Hippo's Delivery Tier (HST) provides the tools for rapid development of websites and other channels such as REST endpoints or RSS feeds. Both the Hippo CMS user interface and the Delivery Tier are highly customizable and extensible. Browse through the topics below for more information.


CMS, Repository & Delivery Tier


Content Model

Integrations & Extensions

Content, Data & Front End Integrations

Hippo Plugins

Hippo Customizations

Website Development

Building Websites with Hippo

HST Configuration

Component development

Enterprise Features

Advanced Search

Relevance Module

Reporting Dashboard

User Management

Logging in 

Users & Roles



Channel Manager

Browse Workspace

Searching within the CMS

Document Actions

Creating a document

Editing a document

Publishing a document

Developer Resources

System Requirements, Release Notes and IDE Support

Using the Console


Hippo CMS comes in two flavors: the Community Edition (distributed under Apache 2 license) and the Enterprise Edition, which includes additional modules such as Relevance and Reporting. More information about these two editions and their differences can be found  here. If you want to play around with the Community Edition of Hippo CMS, check out the Getting Started Trail. Depending on your interest in Hippo, here are some pointers into the documentation on our Hippo Campus:

  • For developers that want to learn more about how to develop using Hippo:
  • Architects that want to know more about the internal working of Hippo:

We hope you enjoy the information on our Hippo Community web site - and are looking forward to hear more from you on our  public forums or in the comments section you find on each page.


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