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Directus is a free and open source, customer-friendly database GUI written in backbone.js that provides a feature-rich environment for rapid development and management of custom database schemas.
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Welcome to Directus, a free and open-source, customer-friendly MySQL database GUI written in Backbone.js that provides a feature-rich environment for rapid development and management of custom database schemas. Directus makes no assumptions about how you should architect your schema – giving you the freedom to tailor the database to your specific project needs and provide an intuitive, one-to-one interface to your users. And instead of encompassing your entire project, Directus focuses on a lightweight core suite designed to integrate with the frameworks already in your workflow.

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New Contributors

We're currently a very small team looking to grow our network of contributors. If you're interested in helping advance the Directus framework please reach out to @BenHaynes. We're actively seeking developers, designers, and testers who are willing to contribute time to:

  • The core codebase
  • Alternate database ports (PostgreSQL, SQLite, etc)
  • Alternate server-side ports (RoR, Python, etc)
  • Custom UIs
  • Custom extensions


View the Directus documentation here:

GitHub Wiki

  1. Installation & Configuration
  2. Settings & Customization
  3. Inputs and Interfaces
  4. Getting Started Using Directus
  5. Extending Directus
  6. Development Build
  7. Directus REST API
  8. Ports, Libraries, and Frameworks to Consider


Discovered a bug? Please create an issue here on GitHub!


Apache HTTP Server, PHP 5.5+, MySQL 5.2+, PDO_MySQL, Mod_Rewrite, CURL, GD Library, mcrypt — and optionally: Imagick


For transparency and insight into our release cycle, releases will be numbered with the follow format:


And constructed with the following guidelines:

  • Breaking backwards compatibility bumps the major
  • New additions without breaking backwards compatibility bumps the minor
  • Bug fixes and misc changes bump the patch

For more information on semantic versioning, please visit

Database Types

While Directus has been abstracted to allow for different database adapters in the future, currently only MySQL is supported. We hope that as we gain additional contributors we can expand Directus to support additional database types.

Copyright and License

Code and documentation copyright 2015 RANGER Studio LLC. Code released under the GPLv3.


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