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2019 Top Open Source Java CMS

2019 - Open Source Java Content Management Systems.
Content Management Systems come in many flavors. To make this list, the vendors had to meet two specific criteria.
1. Written in Java
2. Offer an open source license

This list is not exhaustive, but I tried to focus on the major players in the space. If I missed one that you feel should be on the list, please add it.

dotCMS

dotCMS

dotCMS is an open source content management system (CMS) for managing content and content-driven sites and applications.

Website: dotcms.com
Licensing: GPL3

Features

  • Hybrid CMS (Headless API)
  • Structured Content
  • In-context Editing
  • Cloud or On-premise
  • Git Support
  • Versioning
  • Personalization
  • Push Publishing (publish to geo distributed servers)
  • Multi-tenant
  • Workflows
  • Search
  • Multilingual

Hippo

Hippo

Hippo is again an open-source CMS made in Java that features capabilities that help in delivering personalized websites and channels. Hippo has come a long way since 1999 serving medium to large organizations by offering a personalized multichannel content distribution platform including website, mobile, tablet, extranets and intranets.

Website: onehippo.org
License: Apache

Features:

  • Structured Content
  • On-premise
  • Search
  • Personalization
  • Multilingual

Magnolia

Magnolia

Magnolia CMS lets you create timely, relevant and consistent interactions with your customers that drive real results: accelerate lead conversion, increase sales, strengthen your brand, and engage your customers on the channels they use. Drive diverse business goals with one powerful platform.

Website: magnolia-cms.com
License: GPL3

Features:

Features:

  • Structured Content
  • Cloud or On-premise
  • Personalization
  • Multi-tenant
  • Search
  • Multilingual

Liferay

Liferay

Liferay was original a portal software solution but in 2016 rebranded itself as Digital Experience Platform, and has added content management features. It has also added functionality such as engagement metrics.

Website: liferay.com
Licensing: GPL3

Features

  • Cloud or On-premise
  • Personalization
  • Workflows
  • Multilingual

OpenCms

OpenCms

OpenCms from Alkacon Software is a professional, easy to use website content management system. OpenCms helps content managers worldwide to create and maintain beautiful websites fast and efficiently.

Website: opencms.org
Licensing: GPL3

Features

  • Intuitive page editor
  • Inline content modification
  • Forms
  • Sitemap
  • Search
  • Image processing

Crafter

Crafter

Crafter CMS is an open source content management platform for digital experience apps. A new kind of CMS backed by Git that enables developers, content authors, and devops to work together collaboratively to deliver stunning personalized, multi-channel experiences faster and easier than ever before.

Website: craftercms.org
Licensing: GPL3

Features

  • Inline page Editing
  • APIs
  • Git Support
  • Headless