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Crafter CMS

Crafter CMS is an open source content management system for Web sites, mobile apps, VR and more. You can learn more about Crafter here:

This repository is the parent project that builds everything and helps you build one of two things:

  1. Deployable Crafter CMS bundle

  2. Developer's environment so you can compile and contribute to Crafter CMS

1. Initial Setup

You must have these prerequisites on your system before you begin:

  • Java 8
  • Git 2.x+
  • Maven 3.3.x+

OS X extra prerequisite

  • If you're on OS X, then using brew install the latest openssl formula, like this: brew install openssl

Linux prerequisite

  • Some of the scripts uses lsof. Please note that some Linux distributions does not come with lsof pre-installed and so, may need to be installed. To install lsof for Debian-based Linux distros: apt-get install lsof. To install lsof for RedHat-based Linux distros: yum install lsof

Let's begin :)

If you're building a deployable Crafter CMS bundle, we'll clone the master branch:

git clone


If you would like to contribute to Crafter CMS, to build a developer's environment, we'll need to clone the develop branch:

git clone -b develop

2. Build a Deployable Bundle

To build a deployable and distributable bundle of Crafter CMS, use the Gradle task bundle. This task will generate .zip and .tar.gz files ready to be deployed to any system.

Before using bundle task make sure that the enviroment have been created and deployed gradle tasks build and deploy

Archives will be named crafter-cms-${environment}.tar.gz and crafter-cms-${environment}.zip and can be found in the bundles folder.

./gradlew init build deploy bundle

To run Crafter CMS from the bundle, unzip and follow the instructions in the bundle's README.txt.

2.1. Build an Environment Specific Bundle

Crafter CMS is a decoupled CMS, and that means you have an authoring environment that caters to content creators, and a different environment, delivery, that handles the end-users that use the experience created by the former.

To build a bundle for a specific environment:

    ./gradlew bundle -Penv=authoring

Archives will be named crafter-cms-authoring.tar.gz and and can be found in the bundles folder.

For the delivery environment, simply substitute the env=authoring with env=delivery.

2.2 Init/Update, Build and Bundle from a Tag/Branch

To download, build and generate a bundle from a given tag or branch of the source code,

  1. Clone the branch/tag of craftercms that you want to work with
    git clone -b<branch>
  1. Download, build and bundle the branch that you want to work with
    ./gradlew init build deploy bundle -Pcrafter.git.branch={BRANCH}/{TAG NAME}

Replace {BRANCH} or {TAG NAME} or <branch> with the branch and tag you'd like to build.

Note: When using a tag-based build, you're essentially cloning a point in time to build that specific version of Crafter CMS. That implies that you won't be able to update/nor push changes back.

3. Build a Developer's Environment

Crafter CMS is built along a microservices architecture, and as such, comprises a number of head-less, RESTful, modules that work together to provide the final solution. In this section, we'll start with the simple case of build everything/run everything, and then move on to building/hacking individual modules.

3.1. Build, Start and Stop All

3.1.1. Build All

Build all Crafter CMS modules

    ./gradlew init build deploy

3.1.2. Start All

Start Crafter CMS,

   ./gradlew start

You can now point your browser to http://localhost:8080/studio and start using Crafter CMS. To get started with your first Crafter CMS experience, you can follow this guide:

  • The authoring environment runs on port 8080, a great place to start, while the delivery environment runs on port 9080.

3.1.3. Stop All

Stop Crafter CMS,

    ./gradlew stop

3.2. Two Environments: Authoring vs Delivery

You might have noticed that you essentially have two environments built and running: authoring and delivery. Crafter CMS is a decoupled CMS, and that means you have an authoring environment that caters to content creators, and a different environment, delivery, that handles the end-users that use the experience created by the former.

As a developer, you can use an authoring environment for most tasks without the need to run a delivery environment. It's important to note that delivery essentially runs the same software that's in authoring except Crafter Studio (the authoring tools). By default, this project will build both environments unless instructed otherwise. The authoring environment runs at http://localhost:8080/studio, whereas the delivery environment runs at http://localhost:9080/studio.

3.2.1. Build, Start, and Stop a Specific Environment

To build, start and stop one of the two environments is similar to building/starting/stopping All.


    ./gradlew build deploy -Penv=authoring
    ./gradlew start -Penv=authoring
    ./gradlew stop -Penv=authoring


    ./gradlew build deploy -Penv=delivery
    ./gradlew start -Penv=delivery
    ./gradlew stop -Penv=delivery

3.3. Crafter Modules

The mechanics for working with a single module are similar to working with all, with one exception: You can deploy a module to one or both environments (authoring/delivery).

Crafter CMS comprises the modules:

You'll find these projects checked out and ready for you to contribute to in the folder src/{moduleName}.

3.3.1. Forking a Module

Start by forking the module you want to work on. You can follow the GitHub instructions. The next step is to switch the origin url location to be the one just forked, to do so you can use these GitHub instructions. The last step will be to add an upstream repository from the main craftercms repo to your own. Follow these steps to make it happen. You can now work in your local system, and build/deploy and ultimately push to your fork. We welcome code contributions, so please do send us pull-requests.

To update your project with the latest from your repo:

    ./gradlew update

To get the latest code from craftercms, in order to have the latest updates from the community:

    ./gradlew update -Pcrafter.git.remote=upstream

3.3.2. Update, Build, Deploy, Start, and Stop a Module

You can update, build, deploy, start or stop a module by:

    ./gradlew update -PmoduleName=studio
    ./gradlew build -PmoduleName=studio
    ./gradlew deploy -PmoduleName=studio -Penv=authoring
    ./gradlew start -PmoduleName=studio -Penv=authoring
    ./gradlew stop -PmoduleName=studio -Penv=authoring
  • If you don't specify the env parameter, it means all environments (where applicable).
  • In the current version of Crafter CMS, some services run in the same Web container, and that implies the stopping/starting of one of these services will cause other services to stop/start as well.

4. Advanced Topics

For more detailed information and advanced topic, please visit the detailed documentation.