Open-Source Headless CMS in 2024

This page summarizes the projects mentioned and recommended in the original post on dev.to

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  • tinacms

    A fully open-source headless CMS that supports Markdown and Visual Editing

  • Tina CMS: The Editing Renegade of React

  • Ghost

    Independent technology for modern publishing, memberships, subscriptions and newsletters.

  • ⭐️ 45,000 https://github.com/tryghost/ghost/stargazers Ghost is more than a CMS; it's a whisper in the digital night, a storyteller weaving narratives in the underground. For the bloggers and content punks, Ghost brings Markdown, mobile optimization, and a slick, streamlined approach to shaking up the content cosmos.

  • SurveyJS

    Open-Source JSON Form Builder to Create Dynamic Forms Right in Your App. With SurveyJS form UI libraries, you can build and style forms in a fully-integrated drag & drop form builder, render them in your JS app, and store form submission data in any backend, inc. PHP, ASP.NET Core, and Node.js.

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  • payload

    The best way to build a modern backend + admin UI. No black magic, all TypeScript, and fully open-source, Payload is both an app framework and a headless CMS.

  • ⭐️ 17,084 https://github.com/payloadcms/payload Payload CMS is where rebellion meets customization. This Node.js, Express, and MongoDB titan is smashing through the barriers of conventional CMSs, offering a realm where customization isn’t just a feature; it's a battle cry for unshackled creative freedom.

  • Strapi

    🚀 Strapi is the leading open-source headless CMS. It’s 100% JavaScript/TypeScript, fully customizable and developer-first.

  • Strapi: The Code Anarchist

  • KeystoneJS

    The most powerful headless CMS for Node.js — built with GraphQL and React

  • Keystone 6: The GraphQL Behemoth

  • Directus

    The Modern Data Stack 🐰 — Directus is an instant REST+GraphQL API and intuitive no-code data collaboration app for any SQL database.

  • Directus: The Shape-Shifting Maverick

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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