List of Free and Open Source CMS

List of CMS (Content Management System), free and open source, written in PHP or other languages.
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Name Category Supported databases Comments
Ariadne Portal Oracle, PostgreSQL  
b2evolution Blog MySQL  
bbPress Forum MySQL A derivative of Wordpress for forums.
BlogCMS Blog MySQL  
Caravel CMS Portal OpenLDAP and PostgreSQL  
Chlorine Boards Portal MySQL, MSSQL, PostgreSQL, DB2, Access  
CMSimple Portal One unique HTML file  
CMS Made Simple Portal MySQL  
Coppermine Image gallery MySQL  
CuteNews News Flat text files  
DBHcms   MySQL  
DotClear 2 Blog MySQL, SQlite, PostgreSQL Multi-users, multi-blogs.
DokuWiki Wiki Flat text files.  
Drupal Portal MySQL or PostgreSQL Sponsored by the University of Oregon.
e107 Portal MySQL  
eGroupWare Groupware ADOdb Collaboration tool
Elgg Social network MySQL 5 Building a social network with PHP 5.
FluxBB Forum MySQL Lightweight but complete forum, perfect besides a portal.
Freeglobes Directory MySQL  
Geeklog Blog MySQL  
GuppY Portal Flat text files  
IntraLibre Intranet MySQL Collaborative work and document sharing.
Itseasy Portal Flat text files  
Joomla! Portal MySQL Popular CMS, fork of Mambo.
Lemon CMS Portal Flat text files.  
Lodel Portal MySQL Electronic publishing.
MediaWiki Wiki MySQL Wikipedia CMS.
Midgard CMS Portal MySQL Framework for CMS
Modx Portal MySQL Adaptable framework.
NPDS Portal MySQL Content and community management.
Nucleus CMS Blog MySQL  
OpenPHPNuke Portal MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite  
phpBB Forum MySQL Forum CMS with a lot of themes and mods.
Phorum Forum MySQL Easy to customize.
PHPMotion Video sharing MySQL Youtube-like CMS
PHP-Nuke Portal MySQL  
PHPList News MySQL  
phpMyFAQ FAQ MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MS SQL Server and MariaDB  
phpWCMS Portal MySQL  
phpWebSite Portal MySQL or PostgreSQL  
PhpWiki Wiki Flat text files, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and more  
PivotX Blog Flat text files, XML  
Pligg Digg-like MySQL News with score, still beta.
Plume Portal MySQL  
PmWiki Wiki Flat text files  
Prestashop e-shop MySQL 5 Open an online shop with PHP 5.
ProcessWire Portal MySQL 5 Separates content management and interface.
PunBB See fluxBB.
Rubedo Portal MongoDB, ElasticSearch. Documents, e-commerce.
SEO Toaster e-shop MySQL, PHP 5 SEO oriented, rich author interface.
SilverStripe Portal MySQL, PHP 5 Editor oriented
SMF Forum MySQL (SimpleMachines)
sNews Blog MySQL Blog added to a portal website.
SPIP Templates MySQL  
Storytlr Twitter/Blog MySQL Gallery of photos and videos
Templeet Portal XML, MySQL and other BDs.  
Textpattern Portal MySQL  
TikiWiki Blog-Wiki ADOdb Groupware.
Typo3 Portal MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle  
VanillaForums Forum MySQL 5 Lighter than PhpBB and easy to integrate.
Wikkawiki Blog-Wiki MySQL  
Wordpress Blog/Portal MySQL Very popular and extensible blog CMS.
Xoops Portal MySQL Popular modular CMS.
Zikula Portal MySQL Application framework, formerly PostNuke.

Java CMS

Name Category Supported databases Comments
Alfresco Portail Any. Document management. WebDAV. CMIS. Multiple licenses.
Ametys Portal MySQL, PostgreSQL LDAP, DocBook, Multi-sites
Cocoon Dynamic XML  
Daisy CMS Portal MySQL Based on Cocoon.
Forrest Framework MySQL Document sharing.
Graffito Universal OJB Framework.
Jahia Community Portal Hypersonic, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQL Server Document sharing.
Literay Portal Any. Framework and CMS. WebDAV. CMIS.
Logz Portal MySQL
Magnolia Portal Content repository API  
MMBase Portal Blobs on the filesystem
OpenCMS Portal MySQL, Oracle  
XSM Static XML Java servlets

JavaScript and Node.js

It is a new trend to make site managers with Node.js and JavaScript. Even Wordpress tends to replace PHP by JS for the interface (see Wordpress section). The CMS is more like a Web application, is lighter, more responsive.

Name Plateform Category Supported databases Comments
Ghost JavaScript Blog SQLite, MySQL. Editing on two windows, markdown and real view.
NodeBB JavaScript Forum Redis Modern look, based on Node.js.
Telescope JavaScript Digg-like MongoDB Based on Meteor and Node. Real-time.

Other programming languages

Name Plateform Category Supported databases Comments
Bricolage Perl Portal PostgreSQL  
Composite .NET Portal ADO.NET and LINK  
Discourse Ruby/JS Forum PostgreSQL/Redis Native anti-spam. IE10 at least.
DotNetNuke VB.NET Portal SQL Server.  
Jekyll Ruby Blog None. Static site generator.
Lenya Cocoon Portal XML
Mezzanine Python/Jython Portal PostgreSQL Uses the Django framework.
Nesta Ruby Blog HTML files  
OpenACS TCL, AOL Server Web App. PostgreSQL/Oracle Toolkit for community-oriented applications
Orchard ASP.NET Portal SQL Server Completed by user modules.
Plone Zope/Python Blog ZODB, MySQL & PostgreSQL via Zope  
Rainbow C# Portal MySQL  
Scoop Perl Groupware MySQL  
Skeletonz Python MySQL  
TWiki Perl Wiki Any DB compatible with Perl DBI.  
Umbraco ASP.NET Universal SQL Server Works with WebMatrix.
WebGUI Perl Wiki MySQL  
Zwook Python Portal Zope  


Specialization of the CMS. But some can earn several roles.

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