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ApostropheCMS is a full-featured, open source CMS built with Node.js that seeks to empower organizations by combining in-context editing and headless architecture in a full-stack JS environment.
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Table of Contents

  1. About ApostropheCMS
  2. Getting Started
  3. Extensions and Integrations
  4. Community
  5. Contributing
  6. License

About ApostropheCMS

ApostropheCMS is content software for everyone in an organization. It helps teams of all sizes create dynamic digital experiences with elegance and efficiency by blending powerful features, developer happiness, and a low learning curve for content creators. Apostrophe has powered websites and web apps for organizations large and small for over a decade.

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Getting Started

To get started with ApostropheCMS, follow these steps to set up a local development environment. For more detail, refer to the Getting Started tutorial in the documentation.


We recommend installing the following with Homebrew on macOS. If you're on Linux, you should use your package manager (apt or yum). If you're on Windows, we recommend the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Software Minimum Version Notes
Node.js 8.x Or better
npm 6.x Or better
MongoDB 3.6 Or better
Imagemagick Any Faster image uploads, GIF support (optional)


Our recomended way to start a new project with ApostropheCMS is to use the Apostrophe CLI.

Install the Apostrophe CLI
 npm install -g apostrophe-cli
Create a project
apos create-project wonderful-project --setup

You'll be prompted to create a password for the admin user.

cd wonderful-project && node app.js

Navigate to localhost:3000/login to login with the admin credentials you created.

Next Steps

Check out our Getting Started tutorial in the documentation to start adding content. Be sure to reference our glossary of terms to get acquainted with the reference materials.

Extensions and Integrations

You can find a list of ApostropheCMS extensions on our website, but here are a few highlights:

Extend ApostropheCMS

Editor Extensions


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We eagerly welcome open source contributions. Before submitting a PR, please read through our Contribution Guide


ApostropheCMS is released under the MIT License.

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