eZ Publish

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eZ Publish
Developer(s) eZ Systems
Stable release 4.2.0 / September 29, 2009; 138229130 ago
Operating system Cross-platform
Platform PHP
Type Content management system
License GNU General Public License
Website http://ez.no/

eZ Publish (pronounced "easy publish") is an open source enterprise content management system developed by the Norwegian company eZ Systems. eZ Publish is freely available under the GPL licence, as well as under proprietary licenses that include commercial support.[1]


Areas of use

eZ Publish supports the development of customized web applications. Typical applications range from a personal homepages to a multilingual corporate website, which include role-based multi-user access, e-commerce functions and online communities.[2]

The software is widely used in web applications of varying type and size worldwide, among them MIT (specifically the controller's office),[3] Vogue magazine, the US Navy DASN and the Swiss public broadcasting organisation Schweizer Fernsehen.[4].


eZ Publish is managed via a Web browser, and additional local software is not necessary. It also features a rich-text editor that allows formatting content similar to a word processor. This enables content editing and contribution without HTML skills. Content management can also be done through the eZ Publish frontend.


The software is provided for free, and may be used and modified according to the GPL. In addition, paid professional support is available. Furthermore, a commercial license is also available,[5] granting the right to use eZ Publish under license conditions different from the GPL.

To support its commercial operations, eZ Systems has a network of certified partner companies that perform application implementations. Currently there are approximately 200 partners worldwide.[6] The company itself employs about 80 people in Norway, Ukraine, France, Canada and Germany.[7] A community of programmers, designers and users also exists.

Functional range

The eZ Publish functional range targets the quick, professional and secure realization of web applications. Functional criteria includes content versioning, media library, role-based rights management, sitemaps, search and printing.

Additionally, the system includes extensions, which contain individual functions. This allows for the upgrading of components while preserving compatibility with customized parts.


eZ Publish is written in PHP. The recommended web server is Apache.

The database abstraction layer enables the use of most common databases, i.e. MySQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle, without changes to the core system, by using drivers.

The software is cluster-ready and enforces the separation of content and presentation via XML storage of all content.

eZ Components

eZ Publish's core functionality is largely based on eZ Components.[8] eZ Components is a library of standardized modules for speeding up application development. It includes functions for compressing binary files, optimizing performance through caching, connecting to several databases, debugging, RSS, generating graphs for analysis, converting images, supporting email and validating user input.[9]


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