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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 elsewhere 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

Multi-lingual, Multi-site, Multi-channel

Out of the box support for multi-language, multi-site and multi-channel implementations. Cross-domain, cross-site, cross-language and cross-channel linking between documents are resolved automatically.

Separate Content from Presentation

Break free from page oriented development. Redesign your website without modifying content and reuse your content across websites, mobile  apps, etc. Use Hippo's  fully customizable document oriented model and built-in modelling tools to separate content from presentation.


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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Use the Synchronization Add-on to smoothen the process of continuous delivery.

Meet Hippo CMS 10 for Developers
May 27, 2015

Last week, we announced the release of Hippo CMS 10. Now we want to take the time to truly introduce this new release.

Hippo Rest Client
by: | 24-08-16 20:32:42 (CEST)

Hi We are working with Hippo 10.2 I followed following article: but the site container throws an exception and could not be loaded and gives 503 error and a log shows container not initialised error

Re: [hippo-community] a Spring Security - CustomUserDetailServiceImpl access to a resource bundle in hippoCMS
by: w.ko | 24-08-16 20:00:32 (CEST)

Hi Theresa, You don't need to get a JCR session to get hippo resource bundles. Please try this instead: private ResourceBundle getHstResourceBundle(String basename, Locale locale) { ResourceBundle bundle = null; ResourceBundleRegistry resourceBundleRegistry = HstServices.getComponentMana

a Spring Security - CustomUserDetailServiceImpl access to a resource bundle in hippoCMS
by: | 24-08-16 19:41:46 (CEST)

I've written a Spring Security class that handles logging a person into our website. I've created a custom loadUserbyUsername(String username) function and have it working to a certain extent. I need to modify this function to retrieve a value stored in a

Re: [hippo-community] Re: Urlrewriter for a specific channel
by: Jasper Floor | 24-08-16 17:15:19 (CEST)

The url rewriter always reads all the rules. You can use it for specific channels but you will need advanced rules and match on the host header (or whatever criteria you want). The rewriter acts before the hst so it has no context other than a request. mvg, Jasper On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 4:28

Re: Urlrewriter for a specific channel
by: Thobias | 24-08-16 16:28:11 (CEST)

Yes, this works but i think its no flexible way. Maybe there is another better way to do it.

Re: Need to include header and footer at run time
by: | 24-08-16 16:17:48 (CEST)

Hey Thanks a lot jasper and woonsan. Would get back to you once i try it On Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 1:14:29 PM UTC+5:30, wrote: > > Hi > > We are working on Hippo CMS 10.2 and have a few requirements that are > stated below, need to find out the best way to do them: >

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