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ContentBox Modular CMS Installer

v6.0.5 CMS

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Copyright Since 2012 by Ortus Solutions, Corp -

Because of God's grace, this project exists. If you don't like this, then don't read it, its not for you.

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. ." Romans 5:5

Welcome to ContentBox

ContentBox is FREE Professional Open Source modular content management engine based on the popular ColdBox MVC framework.


Apache License, Version 2.0.


ContentBox is maintained under the Semantic Versioning guidelines as much as possible.

Releases will be numbered with the following format:


And constructed with the following guidelines:

  • Breaking backward compatibility bumps the major (and resets the minor and patch)
  • New additions without breaking backward compatibility bumps the minor (and resets the patch)
  • Bug fixes and misc changes bumps the patch

System Requirements

  • Lucee 5+
  • Adobe ColdFusion 2018+

ContentBox Installation

You can follow in-depth installation instructions here: or you can use CommandBox to quickly get up and running with ContentBox. You can install it in three different formats:

  1. ContentBox Installer : Installs a new ColdBox configured site with our ContentBox DSN Creator, ContentBox Installer and ContentBox Modules installed: box install contentbox-installer
  2. ContentBox Site: Create a new ColdBox configured site with the ContentBox Module installed. This does not contain our installer or DSN creator modules (Great for containers or pre-installed sites) : box install contentbox-site
  3. ContentBox Module: Install ContentBox as a module into an existing ColdBox application (Requires ORM configuration, manual installation): box install contentbox
  4. ContentBox Installer Module : You can also install ONLY the ContentBox installer module as an addon: box install contentbox-installer-module.
# Install New Site with DSN Creator, Installer and ContentBox modules
install contentbox-installer

# This will install the ContentBox installer module ONLY!
install contentbox-installer-module

# Install New Site with ContentBox Modules but no DSN Creator and Installer, great for Containers
install contentbox-site

# Install ContentBox Modules Only into an existing ColdBox App
install contentbox


If you want to develop and hack at the source, you will need to download CommandBox, and have NodeJS installed for UI development. Then in the root of this project, type box recipe workbench/setup.boxr. This will download the necessary dependencies to develop and test with ContentBox.

You can then go ahead and start an embedded server according to which engine you would like to hack in. Please note that the default CFML engine is a Lucee 5 engine. You can start any of the following engines:

  • run-script start:2018 - ACF 2018
  • run-script start:2021 - ACF 2021
  • run-script start:lucee - Lucee 5

You can also tail the logs for each server:

  • run-script log:2018 - ACF 2018
  • run-script log:2021 - ACF 2021
  • run-script log:lucee - Lucee 5

Environment Variables

Be sure to setup your environment variables by copying the file .env.template to .env.

JavaScript Assets

You will need to run the following command to ensure that JavaScript assets are compiled for development.

npm run build-dev

Test Suites

For running our test suites you will need 2 more steps, so please refer to the Readme in the tests folder.

UI Development

If developing CSS and Javascript assets, please refer to the UI Developer Guide in the workbench/ folder.

Ortus Community

Join us in our Ortus Community and become a valuable member of this project We are looking forward to hearing from you!


"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me (JESUS)" Jn 14:1-12


All notable changes to this project will be documented in this file.

The format is based on Keep a Changelog, and this project adheres to Semantic Versioning.


6.0.5 - 2024-04-23


  • CONTENTBOX-1510 - Emails being sanitized and invalidated on Comment form submission

6.0.4 - 2024-02-20


  • JS Library Patches
  • CONTENTBOX-1509 featuredImage URL on initial migration should be nullable

6.0.3 - 2024-02-13


  • All github actions


  • CONTENTBOX-1507 BulkSave not accounting for sites when filtering and saving
  • CONTENTBOX-1506 Updated all server.jsons to use `env` for the ortus orm extension since the latest lucee build broken extensions via jvm args
  • CONTENTBOX-1505 RenderView widget exception when using `view()` to render the view

6.0.2 - 2024-01-15


  • CONTENTBOX-1501 Init migration needs to verify permissions and roles separately to make sure it passes on created dbs

6.0.1 - 2023-12-20


  • CONTENTBOX-1500 Defensive coding for permissions migration on new instance

6.0.0 - 2023-12-18


New Features


  • CONTENTBOX-721 Menu Manager Improvements
  • CONTENTBOX-1296 Add historical slug storage and automatic redirects
  • CONTENTBOX-1399 Editors Should Have the Ability to Evict Content Cache with new permission: RELOAD_CACHES
  • CONTENTBOX-1429 Sitemap Search in Admin is extremely slow on large sites.
  • CONTENTBOX-1447 Logical Groupings for Content Template Form Fields
  • CONTENTBOX-1448 Move Global Content Template Assignment Up to Template List
  • CONTENTBOX-1455 'Remove All' button is displayed under Blog > Custom Fields even when there are no custom fields defined.
  • CONTENTBOX-1458 Remove content returnformats for pdf to avoid server and bot attacks
  • CONTENTBOX-1469 Improve position of the menu toggle
  • CONTENTBOX-1474 Enhance logo quality
  • CONTENTBOX-1488 latest logins should only be displayed if the tracker is enabled
  • CONTENTBOX-1489 SEO for meta data on home page, needs to follow site rules instead of page only rules
  • CONTENTBOX-1490 Removed moment js to luxon for increased support and viability
  • CONTENTBOX-1494 When using hierarchical slugs on the contentstore and pages the api does not work for retreiveing the right slug due to CF decoding of encoded slugs


$ box install contentbox-site

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