Grav is a modern free and open source flat-file content management system. With Grav, you can publish content and build sites in a fast, flexible and simple manner with the file-based web platform. Grav requires zero installation and is just an zip archive that can be extracted to start using the CMS. Grave also comes with a powerful package management system that allow you to extend the feature set of Grav CMS. With the package management system you can install and upgrade themes and plugins written specifically for Grav. The software is written in PHP and released fully free and open-source under the MIT License.

Grav Features

Flat-File Architecture

Grav is fast and flexible thanks in part to the highly optimized flat-file architecture.

Smart caching

The system uses sophisticated caching throughout and knows when to update the cache automatically.

Instant Install

Unzip to install. Grav runs out-of-the-box. Zero configuration is required.

CLI Tools

Command line tools such as dependency installation, cache clearing, user creation, and backups!

Package Manager

Our command line GPM system allows you to find, install, and easily update extensions for Grav

Extensive Documentation

Documentation is not an afterthought! Grav has a dedicated documentation site plus loads of tutorials and guides.

Awesome Technology

Grav employs best-in-class technologies such as Twig, Markdown, YAML, Symfony components, and Doctrine Caching.

Powerful Configuration Overrides

Powerful YAML-based configuration with environment-based overrides allow the ultimate in configuration flexibility.

Multi-Site Capabilities

You can configure a single Grav to run multiple sites, as well as other advanced setups.

SEO Friendly

Human-readable URLs along with site-wide and per-page metadata provide fantastic SEO capabilities.

Routing and Redirection

Powerful site-wide and per-page routing and redirection capabilities provide improved usability and SEO flexibility.

Users and Roles

Easily create users and roles and set permissions to restrict access to any page.

Simple Backups / Restore

Being file based means backing up and restoring your data is trivial, and we even provide CLI tools to do it!

Minimal Requirements

Grav has minimal requirements and runs on PHP 7.1.3 and greater out-of-the-box

Debugging and Logging

A powerful visual debug panel helps the development process by providing vital information in a clear way.

HTML or Markdown Content

Grav natively support Markdown content, but you can use plain HTML or even a mix if you wish.

Multi-Language Support

Use your own native language, or support multiple different languages with ease.

Modular Pages

Modular pages allow you to create a single page built from other 'modular' pages.

Custom Fields

YAML-based page headers allow you easily add custom dynamic fields to your content.

Flexible Taxonomies

Built-in support for customizable taxonomies such as tags or categories to help organize your content.

Version Control & Sync support

Use GIT, SVN, Dropbox, and other services to version and synchronize your data with ease.

Built-in Media Types

Grav natively understands and supports a variety of image, video, sound, and file formats.

Image Media Processing

Dynamic image manipulation to resize, crop, resample, effects and caching

Automatic Page Link Handling

Grav automatically handles a variety of approaches to easily create links between pages.

Automatic Page Image Handling

You can easily reference any image within the content structure, and even use media processing.

Native Retina/HiDPI Image Support

The only CMS with native support for properly displaying images on Retina and HiDPI.

No Design Restrictions

You don't have to feel trapped by your CMS, Grav imposes no limits on your creativity.

Twig Templating Language

Twig templating is best-in-class and provides powerful features along with great performance.

Theme Inheritance

You can extend another theme and only modify the bits you need, allowing for easier updates.

Asset Manager

A built-in Asset Manager allows powerful control over CSS and JS including compression and pipelining.

Access to Plugin Event Hooks

Themes provide full access to the abundant plugin event hooks allowing themes to have full control over Grav.

Extra Twig Filters & Functions

Take advantage of useful filters and functions bundled with Grav that expand the power of Twig.

Use any CSS Framework

You can use any third party CSS framework such as Bootstrap, Foundation, Pure, etc.

Extensive Plugins Available

Grav already has a tonne of open source plugins available to extend the core functionality.

Tonnes of Plugin Event Hooks

Plugins have full control over Grav with an extensive plugin event hook architecture.

Simple to Write

The plugin system, although powerful, is still simple, so writing your own plugins is a doddle.

Extensible by Design

Grav was written to be small and fast, but plugins allow you to extend the functionality as needed.

Optional but Useful

You don't need to use the admin panel, but it provides a great way for your users or authors to interact with Grav.

Simple Interface

A simple and intuitive interface allows even non-technical people to create content and manage key aspects of Grav.


Define custom page structures with YAML blueprints, and you can even create plugins to extend the admin panel.

Advanced Forms

Grav features advanced form capabilities allowing you to develop sophisticated admin panels and configuration interfaces.

All the Features you Need

Because Grav is a flat-file CMS, you don't need the admin, so the admin panel only provides the features you need.


You can take advantage of the admin panel on a variety of devices, not just your desktop computer.

One-Click Installs and Updates

The admin panel allow for easy installation of plugins and themes as well as easy one-click updates.

Meaningful Statistics

Get a quick snapshot of how your site is doing with built-in usage statistics chart in the dashboard.

Grav Information

Grav Pricing

Grav is a free and open-source content management system released under the MIT License. You can use Grav for hobby and commercial projects alike.

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