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Pimcore Company
Industry Computer software
Founded Austria (2013)
Headquarters Salzburg, Austria
Products Pimcore
Website https://www.pimcore.org
Pimcore Product
Developer(s) Pimcore
Stable release
4.5.0 [1] / March 22, 2017 (2017-03-22)
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Master data management
Product information management
Content management system
Customer experience management
Digital asset management
E-commerce software
License Open source GPLv3
Website http://www.pimcore.org

Pimcore is a software vendor for free and open-source customer experience management, digital asset management, product information management, multi-channel publishing and e-commerce software.


Pimcore officially started development in 2009. On January 21, 2010 the first public beta version was released. The Elements Group, owning Pimcore, decided to provide Pimcore as open source for free use. In June 2013 Pimcore became a dedicated subsidiary of the Elements Group, Pimcore GmbH, that cares about the strategy, roadmap, core development of Pimcore and provides value added services like consulting, training and implementation.

Starting 2015 Pimcore launched a global partnership program with system integrators and digital agencies and has now subsidiaries with exclusive partners in several countries in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia.


Pimcore is a web-based application and employs the PHP programming language and the MySQL/MariaDB relational database management system. Pimcore’s component based core architecture can be described as a best of breed use of the Zend Framework, the Symfony Project and leading PHP architectural patterns and components such as composer. Pimcore applies the conventions of object-oriented programming, model–view–controller architecture and the latest PHP programming paradigms like namespaces and traits. Pimcore strictly adheres to PHP coding standards and follows the rules and recommendations of the PHP Framework Interop Group (PSR 1,2,3,4 & 7).

Since the first Pimcore release in 2010 Pimcore has followed a strict API driven approach, by offering both a PHP based core API and open RESTful APIs for all available functionalities and integrations to 3rd party applications. The core of Pimcore is extensible through extensions, content components and applications utilizing the APIs. Pimcore includes an administrative backend interface for managing data and system configuration. The whole interface is powered by the Sencha ExtJS 6 framework providing the graphical user interface for Pimcore.


Pimcore’s product is a portfolio focused on multi-domain master data management, omni-channel e-commerce and user experience management. The whole software platform composed of product information management (PIM), web content management (CMS), digital asset management (DAM) and e-commerce is dual-licensed and available under the free and open-source GPLv3 and the proprietary PEL[2] (Pimcore Enterprise) licenses. Pimcore is currently (May 2016) used more than 80.000 times in 174 different countries and has been translated to 18 different languages.[3]

Master data management/Product information management[edit]

Pimcore’s MDM/PIM is built for managing master data in a central location. Pimcore enables users to configure complex multi-domain data models and to consolidate data from multiple sources and formats. Pimcore's data models are powered by more than 40 data entry components that are able to solve complex, multi-domain data modeling scenarios including text, media, relations and classifications (ecl@ss, GS1, BMEcat,...). Manage product data, including hierarchy, structure, validations, versioning and enriching master data with attributes, descriptions, translations, documentation and other related data.

Web content management[edit]

Pimcore features single-source and multi-channel publishing functionality to manage information and to integrate content and data from various sources. With Pimcore, users can create and manage digital experiences for various output channels: Web, mobile, apps, social platforms, print, digital signage and can act as a platform for content-as-a-service (CAAS) strategies.

Digital asset management[edit]

The pimcore digital asset management platform enables consistent management, tagging, enrichment and sharing of any amount of digital media assets in any format. It is able to integrate into existing IT landscapes for uploading digital assets or for delivering data in the right format to the right output channel.

E-commerce framework[edit]

The Pimcore Commerce framework is a component based programming framework for creating B2B and B2C e-commerce applications in a rapid application development methodology based on defined APIs.

Pimcore suite[edit]

The Pimcore Suite, combining PIM, CMS, DAM and Commerce in one suite, positions itself as an open source solution for consolidating IT application landscapes, by reducing the amount of needed applications for different domains. In that sense Pimcore is an advocate for integrated and homegenious systems, rather than a best-of-breed approach.

Software requirements[edit]

Pimcore is a web application, requiring a compatible HTTP server and a SQL database. As of version 4.1.2 (June 15, 2016), the requirements for pimcore are as follows:[4]

  • nginx or Apache v2.2+ with mod_rewrite
  • MySQL v5.5+
  • PHP 5.5+ with FPM / FastCGI or mod_php


pimcore has been criticized for being difficult to use out of the box. Effective use requires an understanding of the Zend Framework.[5]

Awards, reviews and articles[edit]

  • 3 Popular Zend Framework Based CMS (29. April 2010)[6]
  • PHPmagazine article about pimcore (06. October 2010)[7]
  • Interview with pimcore developers and Dr. Apps from OpenCandy (29. October 2010)[8]
  • Winner of the Most Promising Open Source Project 2010 (15. November 2010)[9]
  • Pimcore article in the leading German PHP blog "PHP Gangsta" (23. December 2010)[10]
  • CMS-Quickvote: Pimcore places second in Germany[11]
  • pimcore winning the Constantinus Award (July 2012)[12]
  • Winner of the official multimedia and e-business award 2013 of the Republic of Austria [13]
  • Article in German PHP Magazin 2/2014: Individuelle und personalisierbare Websites mit pimcore 2.0 (May 2014)[14]
  • Pimcore 3.0 mit neu geschriebenem Core erschienen[15]
  • 15 Leading Product Information Management (PIM) Software Solutions for Retailers (February 2015)[16]
  • Pimcore winning the Frost & Sullivan Content Management Systems Technology Innovation Award 2016 (May 2016)[17]
  • Pimcore is voting member of the PHP Framework Interoperability Group (August 2016)[18]


  1. ^ "Get on board and download Pimcore! · pimcore/pimcore". pimcore.org. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  2. ^ "Pimcore Enterprise License". 2016-06-17. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Pimcore translation project". 2016-06-17. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  4. ^ "pimcore server requirements". 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  5. ^ "Getting started with pimcore (CMS)?". September 2010. Archived from the original on 20 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "3 Popular Zend Framework Based CMS | Hot Scripts Blog". Hotscripts.com. 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  7. ^ Text: Dietmar Rietsch (2010-10-28). "pimcore: Content-Management-Framework auf Zend-Basis". entwickler.de. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Interview with Dietmar of pimcore, Most Promising Open Source Project Finalist". OpenCandy. 2010-10-29. Archived from the original on 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  9. ^ "Pimcore Wins the 2010 Most Promising Open Source Project Award | Packt Publishing Technical & IT Book Store". Packtpub.com. 2010-08-09. Archived from the original on 2010-11-17. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  10. ^ "Pimcore – Interessantes OpenSource CMS | PHP Gangsta - Der PHP Blog". Phpgangsta.de. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  11. ^ "CMS-Quickvote: Pimcore places second in Germany". entwickler.de. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  12. ^ "pimcore winning the Constantinus Award". Constantinus.net. 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  13. ^ "official multimedia and e-business award 2013 of the Republic of Austria". BUNDESMINISTERIUM für WIRTSCHAFT, FAMILIE und JUGEND. 2012-03-07. Archived from the original on 2013-03-10. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  14. ^ "Individuelle und personalisierbare Websites mit pimcore 2.0". entwickler.de. 2014-05-21. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  15. ^ "Pimcore 3.0 mit neu geschriebenem Core erschienen". entwickler.de. 2015-01-19. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  16. ^ "15 Leading Product Information Management (PIM) Software Solutions for Retailers". CPC Strategy. 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  17. ^ "Pimcore winning the Frost & Sullivan Content Management Systems Technology Innovation Award 2016". Pimcore.org. 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  18. ^ "Pimcore is voting member of the PHP Framework Interoperability Group". PHP Framework Interoperability Group. 2016-08-03. Retrieved 2016-08-03. 

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