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LOOKING FOR HELP TO MAINTAIN CONTENTA. It has been a while since I have found the motivation to keep Contenta CMS up-to-date and improved. I don't anticipate this changing in the near future. Please reach out if you would like to step up as a new maintainer of this project.

Contenta is a content API and CMS based on Drupal 8. It provides a standard, jsonapi-based platform for building decoupled applications and websites.


Follow the documentation instructions to install Contenta CMS.


Once your site is running locally, you might want to use Curl to examine the pre-installed content:

curl --header 'Accept: application/vnd.api+json'

The result will be a list of recipes. Note that:

  • The Drupal implementation of the jsonapi uses entity uuids to identify individual content resources. Append a /{{uuid}} to the URL above to fetch a single recipe.
  • Contenta uses the JSON API Extras module to customize the URL to resources: /api/recipes instead of /jsonapi/node/recipes, for example. Contenta also configures JSON API Extras to customize the output of the request to eliminate unnecessary fields.


When you actually build a front-end you will likely have CORS (Cross-Origin Resource Sharing) issues.

In order to allow browsers to request the contenta back-end you need to:

  • Copy sites/default/ to sites/default/services.yml
  • Allow your app to access it, by replacing the end of this configuration file.
    enabled: true
      - '*'
      - '*'
       # Note: you need to specify the host + port where your app will run.
      - localhost:8000
    exposedHeaders: false
    maxAge: false
    supportsCredentials: false
  • Run drush: cd <DESTINATION>/web && ../vendor/bin/drush cr


Join the discussion in the #contenta Slack channel.

For documention on the development on contenta_jsonapi itself, see docs/development.

Code of conduct

Development Installation

  • If you want a setup which allows you to contribute back to Contenta, follow the installation instructions above
  • Replace the /web/profiles/contrib/contenta_jsonapi directory with a checkout of this repo
rm -rf web/profiles/contrib/contenta_jsonapi
git clone web/profiles/contrib/contenta_jsonapi



Nightwatch provides automated browser testing and can be found in the tests/nightwatch directory. To install and run locally, you will need Yarn and Chrome.

yarn install
yarn run nightwatch


There are a bunch of example consumers, see for a list of them.


Contenta CMS is a Fork & Go solution. There is no supported upgrade path. You may update your Drupal like you usually do.

Please see documented issues :


This work is based upon a couple of contrib modules.

On top of that the thunder distrbution was used as sort of a base for this installation profile.

Contenta CMS is built by humans.