Magnolia (CMS)

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Magnolia (CMS)
Original author(s) Boris Kraft & Pascal Mangold
Developer(s) Magnolia International Ltd
Initial release 15 November 2003 (2003-11-15)
Stable release 5.3.4 / 10 October 2014; 21 days ago (2014-10-10)
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Content management system
License Enterprise Edition: proprietary EULA,
Community Edition: GPL

Magnolia is an Open-Source content management system (CMS) developed by Magnolia International Ltd., based in Basel, Switzerland. It is based on Content repository API for Java (JSR-283).


Magnolia 1.0 was released November 15, 2003 by Obinary Ltd.[1] Magnolia 2.0 was released November 15, 2004 [2] with a focus on usability.

Obinary was renamed to Magnolia International Ltd. in September 2006. By that time, Magnolia had been downloaded more than 150,000 times.[3]

Magnolia 3.0, released on November 15, 2006, marked the switch from a pure Open Source product to a layered product strategy with the introduction of Magnolia Enterprise Edition. The proprietary version extends the open source version by adding user authentication through LDAP, a package manager to manage deployments, a JSR-168 connector and a WYSIWYG website designer[4]

Magnolia 3.6 was released in July 2008 and focused on the ease of maintenance, robustness and performance.[5]

In December 2008, Magnolia released "Magnolia-on-Air", a content management system designed for broadcasters and large organizations to manage their broadcast content.[6]

In March 2009, Magnolia released Magnolia 4.0.[7]

Magnolia 4.1 was released in June 2009. It introduces user-generated content templates that provide new functionality, including forums and public user registration. It also includes new features like a CMS-wide address book, multiple themes, RSS generation and aggregation.[8]

Magnolia 4.4 was released in November 2010. It introduced support for concurrent editing and the ability to import and export content in different languages. It also included new workflow and dependency controls.[9]

Magnolia 4.5 was released in March 2012. It introduced support for mobile websites and mobile content previews and interoperability with Microsoft Sharepoint, Alfresco, Photoshop, SAP, Oracle and others. It also added support for new enterprise standards like CMIS, JCR 2.0, HTML5 and Java 6.0.[10][11]

Magnolia 5.0 was released on June 20, 2013.[12][13] It includes a new user interface based on HTML5 and the Vaadin toolkit.[14][15] The new user interface supports editing from both desktop and tablet computers.[16] Other new features include a system of fully customizable, task-oriented "Apps",[14] "Pulse" for real-time notifications, and "Favorites" for quick user-definable access to CMS functionality.[12] A developer preview of Magnolia 5.0 was shown running on both a desktop and an iPad at Magnolia Conference 2012.[17]

Magnolia 5.2 was released in Nov 2013. It included dedicated migration tools, a new REST API and enhanced Groovy support.[18]

Magnolia 5.3 was released in Jun 2014. It included personalization tools, a marketing tags manager, improved connectivity with third-party cloud storage providers and file systems, and new team collaboration tools.[19][20]


Modules offer Spring Framework and Struts integration, RSS feed support, standard templates, data caching and backup, and more. As of February 2012, the Magnolia website lists over 50 free modules.[21]


Magnolia CMS users include the US Navy,[22] Scottish Widows,[23][24] Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC),[25] Atlassian[26] and the City of Lausanne.[27][28]

The official Magnolia CMS site has a directory of example users: Magnolia CMS References

Magnolia Conference[edit]

The inaugural Magnolia Conference was held in Basel, Switzerland on September 10 & 11 2009. The event attracted more than 80 attendees. The list of speakers included the Magnolia founders Pascal Mangold & Boris Kraft as well as David Nüscheler, JSR-170 specification lead (JSR-170 is Magnolia's underlying technology standard).[29] Impressions of the event have been blogged about,[30] photos have been published on Flickr[31] and talks have been streamed live over the internet[32]

The third Magnolia Conference was held in Basel, Switzerland on September 4 & 5 2012.[33][34]

The fourth Magnolia conference was held in Basel, Switzerland in September 2013. It had approximately 200 attendees and took place at the Pathé Cinema.[35]


  1. ^ "Obinary Releases Free Java-based Enterprise CMS". CMSWire (Simpler Media Group). 2003-11-20. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  2. ^ Dunwoodie, Brice (2004-11-16). "Magnolia 2.0 Released, J2EE Open-Source CMS". CMSWire (Simpler Media Group). Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  3. ^ "SourceForge Download Statistics: Magnolia CMS: Nov 15 2003 to 01 Sep 2006". SourceForge. SourceForge. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  4. ^ Natividad, Angela (2006-11-15). "Magnolia Turns 3, Updates Web CMS". CMSWire (Simpler Media Group). Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  5. ^ Kraft, Boris (2008-07-30). "Magnolia Version 3.6 Ten Times Faster; Includes New Enterprise Features". Magnolia International Ltd. Retrieved 2009-01-25. [dead link]
  6. ^ Mullan, Eileen (2008-12-09). "Helping Broadcasters Bloom with Magnolia: a CMS for the Broadcasting Media". EContent (Information Today Inc.). Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  7. ^ Initmarketing Staff (2009-03-12). "Open Source CMS Magnolia 4.0 Released". The Server Side. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  8. ^ Initmarketing Staff (2009-06-25). "Open Source CMS Magnolia 4.1 Released". Magnolia Ltd. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  9. ^ Miller, Ron (2010-12-01). "Magnolia 4.4 focuses on authors". Fierce Content Management. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  10. ^ Johnston, Mike (2012-03-12). "Magnolia CMS 4.5 delivers Instant Mobile Sites and Multichannel Publishing with largest upgrade to date". CMS Critic. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  11. ^ Sechrist, Steve (2012-03-14). "Magnolia v4.5 Extends Mobile Capabilities". CMS Wire. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  12. ^ a b Myers, Anthony (2013-06-20). "Magnolia 5 Released: Can Touch Separate Magnolia from the CMS Masses?". CMSWire. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  13. ^ "SourceForge Project Page". SourceForge. SourceForge. 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  14. ^ a b Bridgewater, Adrian (2012-09-05). "Magnolia Decouples the CMS for Developers". Dr. Dobb's. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  15. ^ Walker-Morgan, Dj (2013-06-20). "Touch-aware Magnolia 5.0 released". Heise Media UK. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  16. ^ Page, Carly (2013-06-20). "HTML5 based Magnolia 5.0 arrives to replace the grey CMS". The Inquirer. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  17. ^ Walter, Christian (2012-09-04). "Magnolia will auf Tablets und Smartphones". Inside IT. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  18. ^ Johnston, Mike (2013-12-03). "Magnolia CMS 5.2 Delivers Migration Tools, Simplifies Integration and Dramatically Reduces Administration Overheads". CMS Critic. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  19. ^ Bridgewater, Adrian (2014-06-29). "How websites are smarter in the background than you thought". Computer Weekly. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  20. ^ Johnston, Mike (2014-06-24). "Magnolia 5.3 Blends CXM with CMS to Deliver Best of Breed Software". CMS Critic. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  21. ^ "Module store server". Magnolia CMS Website. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  22. ^ Ruby, Bryan (2010-11-11). "The Magnolia CMS and the U.S. Navy". CMS Report. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  23. ^ Shah, Sooraj (2011-11-02). "Open-source CMS underpins Scottish Widows financial planning web site". Computing. Incisive Media. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  24. ^ Thompson, Scott (2011-10-31). "CSC/Scottish Widows choose Magnolia CMS". Financial Sector Technology. Perspective Publishing Limited. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  25. ^ Johnston, Mike. "MBC Chooses Magnolia CMS". CMS Critic. CMS Critic. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  26. ^ Wu, Tracy (2013-05-27). "Atlassian: A Case of Too Much Content". EcontentMag. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  27. ^ Bonzon, Yves (2012-08-15). "Départ encourageant pour le nouveau portail de la Ville de Lausanne (Encouraging start to the new portal of the City of Lausanne)". ICT Journal. ICT Journal. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  28. ^ Bridgewater, Adrian (2012-09-04). "Magnolia: a CMS should be as easy to use as a smartphone". Computer Weekly. Computer Weekly. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  29. ^ Nakano, Chelsi (2009-06-29). "Magnolia Conference Program Finalized". CMSWire. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  30. ^ Haderka, Jan (2009-09-10). "Magnolia Conference". blog. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  31. ^ "Magnolia Conference Photos". Flickr. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  32. ^ "Technology track of Magnolia Conference to be streamed live". HeiseMedia UK Ltd. 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  33. ^ Christian, Walter (2012-09-04). "Magnolia will auf Tablets und Smartphones". Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  34. ^ Adrian, Bridgewater (2012-09-05). "Magnolia Decouples the CMS for Developers". Dr. Dobb's. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  35. ^ Budde, Lars (2013-09-26). "Magnolia Conference zeigt die Potenziale von Magnolia 5". Retrieved 2013-10-18. 

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