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The relations between repository, CMS and delivery tier.

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Source code, forge, license, roadmap and system requirements.

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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 modeling 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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Synchronization Add-on
June 15, 2015

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

Hippo CMS Videos
November 28, 2016

Watch some instructional videos on working with Hippo CMS as content editor.

Multiple Security Domains do not work together in Hippo 10 and 11
by: Ramesh Balasekaran | 25-04-17 19:28:47 (CEST)

Before upgrading to Hippo 10, I had two security domains created to be used as a combination. 1. One Security domain provided access to root folder and had facet rules to exclude a sub folder 2. Second Security domain provided access to the sub folder. With this setup we were able to create

Bootstrapping not working in Windows
by: | 25-04-17 17:57:48 (CEST)

Hi All, I'm running hippo in windows and for some reason bootstrap is not working here, below my settings: Tomcat8w.exe (Tomcat running as windows service) -Dcatalina.home=C:\Tomcat -Dcatalina.base=C:\Tomcat -Djava.endorsed.dirs=C:\Tomcat\endorsed\Tomcat\temp -Djava.util.logg

import versionHistory
by: ivor | 25-04-17 13:15:29 (CEST)

Hi all, Does anybody know if it's possible to import or programmatically add versionHistory of a document? Version history is stored under /jcr:system/jcr:versionStorage and is normally handled by JCR itself. But when you import a document there will be no revision histroy anymore. I do not see

Facet on the basis of compound type attribute
by: SumitP | 25-04-17 12:09:23 (CEST)

Hi, I want to create facet on the basis of compound type's attributes, can any one suggest any idea/pointer for this? Thanks & Regards, Sumit Pallakhe.

Dynamic CMS layout
by: Leandro Belluscio | 24-04-17 15:34:09 (CEST)

Hi Community, I have the following requirement: We have a document type that contains address fields like, Address 1, Address 2, Postal Code, State, City, Country. I want to show these fields in a different position according to the country. For example: Canada: Address 2 Address 1

Re: [hippo-community] Clear documentation on how to use Hippo
by: tobias.jeger | 24-04-17 14:27:08 (CEST)

Hi Nic, On top of Jasper's reply, I'd like to thank you for letting us know what documentation you're missing (or finding hard to understand). It is valuable input for us, trying to improve our documentation and product as a whole. Keep such remarks coming :-) cheers Tobi On Mon, Apr 24, 2017

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