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Developer(s) RANGER[1]
Initial release 20 April 2006 (2006-04-20)
Stable release
6.3.5 / 16 November 2016; 17 days ago (2016-11-16)[2]
Development status Active
Operating system Cross-platform
Platform Backbone.js
Available in 7[3] languages
Type Headless CMS, Content Management System, Content management framework
License GNU General Public License

Directus is a free and open-source headless CMS and backend as a service platform based on SQL and distributed under the GNU General Public License. The Directus framework provides an API[4] that allows software developers to manage and sync data across multiple clients. Its primary goal is to support mobile or web applications that require complete control over their SQL database architecture for optimizing performance and organization.[5] With headless CMS gaining mainstream popularity recently,[6] Directus is one of the oldest and most established of the decoupled CMS. Directus was originally created by Ben Haynes and is now managed by RANGER Studio out of Brooklyn, NY.


Directus was first released in 2006 as a Flash-based asset manager and database GUI under the working title "dir". Subsequent versions were written in PHP and focused on creating a headless CMS for custom databases.[7] Version 6 was rewritten from the ground-up as a backbone.js application[8] – with the server side PHP decoupled to allow for easier porting to other languages.


Directus Open Source is a self-hosted option that allows developers to use the framework for free, significantly customize it,[9][10] or use pre-release versions. It has contributors all over the world[11] and is distributed under the GNU General Public License.

Released in 2016, Directus Hosted is a backend as a service that provides faster installation and setup, automatic updates, asset storage, and nightly database backups.[12]

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