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Directus is a real-time API and App dashboard for managing SQL database content.

  • Free & open-source. No artificial limitations, vendor lock-in, or hidden paywalls.
  • REST & GraphQL API. Instantly layers a blazingly fast Node.js API on top of any SQL database.
  • Manage pure SQL. Works with new or existing SQL databases, no migration required.
  • Choose your database. Supports PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLite, OracleDB, CockroachDB, MariaDB, and MS-SQL.
  • On-Prem or Cloud. Run locally, install on-premises, or use our self-service Cloud service (free tier available).
  • Completely extensible. Built to white-label, it is easy to customize our modular platform.
  • A modern dashboard. Our no-code Vue.js app is safe and intuitive for non-technical users, no training required.

Learn more about Directus

Directus Cloud

Directus Cloud allows you to create free Community Cloud projects in 90 seconds.

  • Free Community Cloud tier available (no credit card required)
  • No product limitations or service usage quotas (unlimited users, API requests, etc)
  • A modern self-service dashboard to create and monitor all your projects in one place
  • End-to-end solution: Directus, database, serverless auto-scaling, storage, and a global CDN
  • Hourly usage-based pricing for our Standard Cloud allows you to pay-as-you-go
  • Select your desired region and provision a new project in ~90 seconds

Create your Free Project


Create a new Directus project by running the following npm command:

npm init directus-project my-project

Or, using yarn:

yarn create directus-project my-project

Simply follow the setup prompts and the CLI will create your new project directory (eg: my-project), configuration file, and initial database. To get the most out of Directus, and to ensure you have the latest security patches, it is important to keep your projects up-to-date.


Directus only requires Node.js and supports most operating systems and SQL database vendors.

  • Node.js 12.20+
  • npm 6.x+

Supported Databases

  • PostgreSQL 10+
  • MySQL 5.7.8+ / 8+ (with mysql_native_password)
  • MariaDB 10.2.7+
  • SQLite 3+
  • CockroachDB 21.1.13+[1]
  • MS SQL 13+[1]
  • OracleDB 19+[1]

[1] Older versions may work, but aren't officially tested/supported.

Supported OS

  • Ubuntu 18.04
  • CentOS / RHEL 8
  • macOS Catalina or newer
  • Windows 10/11
  • Docker (DockerHub + Dockerfile)

Other operating systems may also work, but are not officially supported.

Community Help

The Directus Documentation is a great place to start, or explore these other channels:

Contributing & Sponsoring

Please read our Contributing Guide before submitting Pull Requests.

All security vulnerabilities should be reported in accordance with our Security Policy.

Directus is a premium open-source (GPLv3) project, made possible with support from our passionate core team, talented contributors, and amazing GitHub Sponsors. Thank you all!

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