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A flexible, elegant and easy-to-use content management system.

Textpattern is free and open source software.

System requirements

Textpattern is installed to a web server with PHP and MySQL.

Ensure the server meets or exceeds the system requirements before you continue.

Download Textpattern

The current production release is version 4.7.1. It can be downloaded from the Textpattern website as a .zip or .tar.gz archive.

Install Textpattern

Please see README.txt for details on installing Textpattern.

Upgrade Textpattern

Please see README.txt for details on upgrading Textpattern.

Help and Support

The Textpattern support forum is home to a friendly and helpful community of Textpattern users and experts. Textpattern also has a social network presence on Twitter.


The development version can be obtained from the Textpattern repository on GitHub. Note that development versions are works-in-progress and not recommended for use on live production servers.

Anticipated changes to future system requirements

System requirements for the development version may differ from the production release system requirements.

As a development version approaches release, minimum and recommended system requirements are confirmed and the production release system requirements will be updated accordingly.

The following table outlines anticipated forthcoming changes to system requirements for future releases. It takes into account vendor support, security considerations and other factors.

Note that minimum and/or recommended versions listed may change multiple times during the development process.

PHP 5.5 actively supported (7.2 or 7.3)
Nginx 1.10 mainline (1.15) or stable (1.14)


Want to help out with the development of Textpattern CMS? Please refer to the Contributing documentation for full details.

GitHub topic tags

If you use GitHub for Textpattern-related development please consider adding some of the following topic keywords to your public project repositories, so we can build a network of discoverable resources:

Additional development tools

Various components used within Textpattern CMS (such as the bundled themes and language translations) are maintained in standalone repositories. We have a simple development toolset built on Node.js to pull the distribution files of those repositories into the core as required.

You can install Node.js using the installer or package manager.

Install required dev tools:

npm install

You can then pull the following components from the CLI, like so:

npm run get-default-theme
npm run get-classic-admin-theme
npm run get-hive-admin-theme
npm run get-pophelp
npm run get-textpacks
npm run get-dependencies

To request a specific tag or branch:

npm run get-default-theme 4.7.1
npm run get-classic-admin-theme 4.7.1
npm run get-classic-admin-theme 4.7.x
npm run get-hive-admin-theme 4.7.x
npm run get-textpacks 4.7.x

You can verify PHP code via a PHP linter from the CLI, like so:

npm run phplint

Release tools:

Usage: npm run txp-gitdist <version> [dest-dir] (dest-dir defaults to a temporary location).

npm run txp-index
npm run txp-checksums
npm run txp-gitdist 1.2.3 ../my-dest-dir


Released under the GNU General Public License. See LICENSE.txt for terms and conditions.

Includes contributions licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License. See LICENSE-LESSER.txt for terms and conditions.

Includes contributions licensed under the New BSD License. See LICENSE-BSD-3.txt for terms and conditions.