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What is
Hippo CMS?

Hippo is the open-source content management system at the heart of BloomReach Experience. This Java CMS enables companies to orchestrate and deliver cross-channel digital experiences. Hippo’s clean, modular architecture and support for open standards make it the ideal platform for agile development and open integration.

April 23, 2012

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Java Based

Easy to integrate, testable, ready for continuous integration, and sticking to Java standards such as JCR 2.0 and JAX-RS.

Open Source

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


Hippo architecture is designed to handle your evolving traffic requirements. Built for scaling, our CMS supports both clustering and replication.

Separate Content from Presentation

Use Hippo's  fully customizable document-oriented model and built-in modeling tools to separate content from presentation.

Performance Driven

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

Easy to integrate

Query content using REST, hook up an external application into the rendering phase via Spring. Build a Mobile app or an AngularJS app that consumes content from Hippo.

For Content & Commerce

Looking for a way to bring your content and commerce effort closer together? Learn more how Hippo CMS can integrate with your e-commerce system.

Multi-lingual, Multi-site, Multi-channel

Out of the box support for multi-language, multi-site and multi-channel implementations. 


Hippo CMS integrates with many popular third-party systems and applications. To learn more visit our Integrations Marketplace or check out some of the most popular integrations below.


Pardot is a flexible marketing automation tool, that allows marketeers to segment leads, set up drip campaigns, maintains lead scores etcetera.  Hippo is a flexible CMS providing behavioral targeting in it's relevance module.  By integrating CMS with marketing automation, marketers can deliver a consistent message to their segments in online and offline channels

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Integrate Hippo CMS with Cloudinary Imaging services

Cloudinary is a software–as-a-service (SaaS) imaging solution hosted in the cloud. It provides an api for manipulating images via a REST-service. This post describes how to unleash the cutting-edge imaging capabilities of Cloudinary to transform your images in Hippo CMS.

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Building an e-commerce site using commercetools

Apache Cordovacommercetools is a really powerful e-commerce solution that serves as a central backend for your multichannel e-commerce solutions. Learn how you can integrate it with Hippo CMS for a content enriched ecommerce experience.

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Change log level permanently
by: Robert van der Spek | 15-12-17 16:21:04 (CET)

The MemoryLockManager logs info every few seconds. I can change the log level via localhost:8080/cms/loging, but after a restart it is reset to info. The log4j-dev.xml in the conf-folder does not seem to be used (as it has set the log level for the cms at warn). How can I permanently change the

Re: Security groups with selections dropdown
by: il...@openweb.nl | 15-12-17 16:01:37 (CET)

Hi, so you can not access value lists from your custom security domain. Maybe relax your security domain to allow readonly access to valuelists, maybe readonly access to the whole folder with value lists. That should be perfectly enough to populate your drop down controls.

Re: [hippo-community] java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.onehippo.cms7.services.lock.LockManager
by: Robert van der Spek | 15-12-17 16:01:30 (CET)

After some manual copy-pasting it is now working. Thanks for hinting me in the right direction.

Re: [hippo-community] java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.onehippo.cms7.services.lock.LockManager
by: Robert van der Spek | 15-12-17 15:27:44 (CET)

I am using TomCat server running in IntelliJ. You are right that the problem is here. Commandline -Pcargo.run is working quite fine...

Re: [hippo-community] java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.onehippo.cms7.services.lock.LockManager
by: ard.schrijvers | 15-12-17 15:01:40 (CET)

Are you running from IntelliJ or with mvn -P cargo.run ? You can validate the latter if you are now using IntelliJ. I really suspect some incorrect state on your site Regards Ard On Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 2:44 PM, Arent-Jan Banck <arent-j...@bloomreach.com> wrote: > Hi, > In the past I have seen

Re: [hippo-community] Security groups with selections dropdown
by: Lef Karamoulas | 15-12-17 14:48:57 (CET)

If i understood correctly you want to restrict who can edit value list documents ? Would it be an option to have all value list docs in one folder and grant access to this folder to a specific group? Have a look at https://www.onehippo.org/library/concepts/security/authorization-use-cases/deny-

Tools and Plugins


Thanks to our pluggable architecture, many of the Hippo CMS features are available as plugins. You can extend the Hippo CMS functionalities with our Default, Standard and Community plugins. To access the entire list of plugins available for your use, check out Hippo Forge.

Popular Plugins from the Community

Hippo URL Rewriter

URL Rewriter is a servlet filter that is an extension of Paul Tuckey's UrlRewriteFilter, but instead of a packaged xml file the filter is fed with data from CMS documents. So dynamically manageable instead of statically!

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Hippo Feed Creator

Feed Creator is an addon for Hippo CMS that lets you create RSS feedsATOM feeds and provides an API which enables you to create your own web syndications with the CMS

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