About Directus

Directus is an open-source headless content management system (CMS) that helps businesses store content in custom SQL databases and access them through an API. Using the Directus App, supervisors can sort items into several categories, customize the platform according to brand requirements, and utilize the search functionality to retrieve specific information from the database.

Administrators can configure role-based permissions for users and secure confidential data through two-factor authentication (TFA) and single sign-on (SSO) capabilities. Managers can view content edits or revisions using the rollback functionality and bookmark important items, projects, or collections for future reference. Directus also lets enterprises upload multiple files to the platform, reorder them using a drag-and-drop interface, and automatically pull metadata, such as description, locations, tags, or image dimensions, from files.

Supervisors can create personalized profiles for employees, monitor their recent activities, and encrypt users’ passwords to prevent data exploitation. The software also helps users configure workflows and collect required information using custom forms.

Pricing starting from:

US$49,00/month

  • Free Trial
  • Free
  • Subscription
  • Open Source

Key benefits of Directus

Stores all data in pure, unaltered SQL.

Devices

Business size

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 others, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported Languages

Chinese (Simplified), Czech, Dutch, English, French and 11 others, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian

Pricing starting from:

US$49,00/month

  • Free Trial
  • Free
  • Subscription
  • Open Source

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Role Permissions
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Features

Total features of Directus: 32

  • API
  • Access Control
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Categorization
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Content Filter
  • Content Management
  • Custom Forms
  • Customer Database
  • Customizable Categories
  • Data Filtering
  • Data Import
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • File Management
  • Filtered Views
  • Full Text Search
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Password Management
  • Personalized Profiles
  • Project Workflow
  • Role Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SEO Management
  • Search Functionality
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Single Sign On
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Version Control
  • Website Management
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,4 /5
(45)
Value for Money
4,9/5
Features
4,3/5
Ease of Use
4,4/5
Customer Support
4,5/5

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Alejandro B.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Excellent headless CMS

Reviewed on 2020/02/13

I have a very difficult multi-platform usecase involving languages from R/Python, reproducible data...

I have a very difficult multi-platform usecase involving languages from R/Python, reproducible data slicing, on the fly dataset creation all the way to front-end react, pregenerated app (gatsby) in a single build command. Directus is my sole source of truth, what I use to back this whole thing.

This allows me to use the same translations and metadata for everything no matter if I am in R or Javascript consuming graphql, either on production client code or in static pregeneration stage in gatsby.

There are other headless apis that can do this, but I cannot self host them and I need to be able to very quickly generate large datasets on the database as I research and tear them down in the same base as the CMS for the app. That is, I need this to run on my computer first.

This is where directus knocked it out of the park for me. Also, docker setup is touch and go. Nothing needed. It is just great.

Pros

This is Free and Open Source Software at its best. Directus has a great, well tended community, excellent developers, many options and lots of friendly answers to real questions. I have not found any other headless API I can self host in amazon or wherever I want. This makes for a local development cycle, short time to market, very easy to prototybe setup for example for react/gatsby apps.

Cons

The app where you manage the database still needs a bit more documentation. It does not lack features, but some features lack propper documentation. I hope to help on this in the future!

Brian M.
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  • Industry: Consumer Electronics
  • Company size: 5 001-10 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Great product that is still young

Reviewed on 2020/02/06

We had departments using many different CMS's. They ranged from extremely expensive to open source...

We had departments using many different CMS's. They ranged from extremely expensive to open source projects. While Directus is not perfect, it has proven to be better than all the others. We have actively tried to improve the product, and we find that the others in the community do the same.
Also, and this is a HUGE value, the response to questions and issues within the Directus-Slack channel is amazing! Actually, the communication and support from this organization is impeccable. Friendly, helpful, understanding. Just out of a sense of loyalty to such good people, I will want to stay with them.

Pros

The interface is very friendly, and as the product matures, the installation is becoming better.

Cons

This is not an enterprise-level application, yet. It has a number of tiny gotchas that one has to learn about. One can still do most anything they desire.

Joseph G.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

A Powerful Open-Source Headless-CMS

Reviewed on 2021/02/11

I transitioned from Ghost for my website and it makes it super easy to have a decoupled & flexible...

I transitioned from Ghost for my website and it makes it super easy to have a decoupled & flexible CMS + website. The non-fixed data model system also lets me add custom features & models to my site.

Pros

I love that it is open source and the new version 9 is rewritten in JavaScript instead of PHP, so it is super fast and has modern features, like a GraphQL API. It is also versatile and open-source, making it possible to write extensions. The maintainers are super active on their Discord community and are super friendly.

Cons

Version 9 is still in pre-release (as of writing), so some parts are still a work-in-progress, but is otherwise pretty stable for pre-release.

Davide L.
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  • Industry: Design
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Fantastic concept, medium user experience

Reviewed on 2020/02/06

Until now the experience is good: I like the idea and it works for the project that we started with...

Until now the experience is good: I like the idea and it works for the project that we started with Directus. We still need to resolve some issues, like how to properly manage pages and SEO data or how to overcome the lack of the repeater field, but it's working well.

The experience with the support was fantastic. [SENSITIVE CONTENT HIDDEN] was kind and friendly, in spite of my incompetence. I appreciate the enthusiasm and the open source spirit.

Sometimes I experienced some limits for the reasons mentioned early, but I'm happy.

Pros

I love the concept behind Directus: the idea to freely create a database in an easy way, organizing the content as you need or as you imagined it. I come from Kirby CM and Craft CMS and doing websites in which the custom design is the key, it's important to us to shape our content as we want.

It's easy to install, the Slack support is friendly and helpful. In the search for the perfect headless CMS solution, it was my choice, also because it's open source and at the moment the pricing of others options is over budget for our clients. We were ok paying a fee for a license, but not a perpetual subscription.
Moreover, a key point in the decision to adopt it is the self-hosted solution: we wanted to avoid every possible lock-in.

Finally, the stack: working in a communication agency, we are not software engineers: PHP + Vue.js it's a perfect combination. React and node.js onthe server was a switch too big to take another leap.

Cons

Above all, the bugs: being open source and free it's normal, but it is frustrating in the measure we decided to use it for clients works.

Second: the lack of documentation for the interfaces or for the detailed use of the JS SDK.

Moreover, sometimes I felt overwhelmed by the technical details of the interface. I don't have competence in relational databases and to me too much things doesn't have a meaning. But I'm mainly a front-end developer that try to be "independent", so I think that it's normal.

Finally: the lack of a good repeater. At the moment it's impossible to use a file field in it, or to repeat a group of field. For us it's almost a strict requirement for clients projects.

Riley R.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Directus: A Rapid, Hands-Off-Your-Data, Headless CMS

Reviewed on 2020/02/06

Directus is fantastic for both building out databases without the tedious headaches of old, and for...

Directus is fantastic for both building out databases without the tedious headaches of old, and for allowing end-users to manage and post content. There's a field for pretty much every scenario, and if there isn't one, the platform is built in a way that's extensible. The bonus on top of everything is the built-in API, which allows me to get projects up and running and cut out basically two thirds of application development. With Directus, I only have to worry about building the front-end—it's nice to know that I have the backing of an entire system as the other half of my team!

Pros

I am impressed with the continuous development of Directus and the commitment to deploying frequently. There are always new features and fixes and the team releases at a pace that would make a commercial team sweat, let alone an Open-Source team.

Cons

The only challenge I faced while setting up Directus was a little confusion about the config of setting up multiple projects on the same install. However, the documentation was thorough and the Slack talkative, and I was soon up and running with a shared instance that eliminates the maintenance of multiple instances.

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Directus offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$49,00/month
  • Pricing model: Free, Subscription, Open Source
  • Free Trial: Available

Directus has several different pricing options, including: Self-Hosted - Available for free On-Demand - $49 per month Enterprise - Contact Directus for pricing

Directus offers the following features:

  • API
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Document Indexing
  • Document Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • SEO Management
  • Version Control
  • Website Management
  • Workflow Management

Directus has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Public Administrations, Non Profit, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

Directus supports the following languages:

Chinese (Simplified), Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian

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Directus offers the following support options:

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