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Winter is a free, open-source content management system based on the Laravel PHP framework. Developers and agencies all around the world rely upon Winter for its quick prototyping and development, safe and secure codebase and dedication to simplicity.

No matter how large or small your project is, Winter provides a rich development environment, regardless of your level of experience.

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Installing Winter

Winter can be installed in several ways for both new users and experienced developers - see our Installation page for more information.

Quick start with Composer

For advanced users, run the following command in your terminal to install Winter via Composer:

composer create-project wintercms/winter "dev-develop"

Run the following command with the folder created by the previous command to generate an environment file which will contain your configuration settings:

php artisan winter:env

After configuring your installation, you can run the following command to run the database migrations and automatically create an administrator account with the username admin. The password of this account will be automatically generated and displayed in your terminal.

php artisan winter:up

Learning Winter

The best place to learn Winter is by reading the documentation or following some tutorials. You can also join the maintenance team and our active community on Discord who are always willing to help out with questions.

Development team

Winter was forked from October CMS in March 2021 due to a difference in open source management philosophies between the core maintainer team and the two founders of October.

The development of Winter is lead by Luke Towers, along with many wonderful people that dedicate their time to help support and grow the community.

Luke Towers
Luke Towers
Ben Thomson
Ben Thomson
Marc Jauvin
Marc Jauvin
Jack Wilkinson
Jack Wilkinson

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Winter is built on top of the wildly-popular Laravel framework for PHP, with the in-house Storm library as a buffer between the Laravel framework and the Winter project, to minimize breaking changes and improve stability.

Getting in touch

You can get in touch with the maintainer team using the following mediums:


Before contributing issues or pull requests, be sure to review the Contributing Guidelines first.

Coding standards

Please follow the following guides and code standards:

Code of conduct

In order to ensure that the Winter community is welcoming to all, please review and abide by the Code of Conduct.


Winter CMS development is financially supported by the generosity of the following sponsors:


Spatial Media employs one of the core maintainers (Jack Wilkinson) who contributes to the ongoing development of Winter.

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Froala provides a perpetual, Enterprise license to Winter CMS which allows us and our users to use the Froala WYSIWYG Editor in Winter CMS powered projects.


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If you would like to have your name, company and link added to this list and support open-source development, feel free to make a donation to our Open Collective.


The Winter platform is open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license.

Security vulnerabilities

Please review our security policy on how to report security vulnerabilities.