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  • Since 4.0.0


CrafterCMS is an API-first CMS, and therefore it’s natively headless. This is in stark contrast to traditional CMSs that became headless with the addition of an API that tries to translate page-oriented data-structures into something more general.

Fundamentally, CrafterCMS simply retrieves content that the developer models in the modeling tool, applies actions/rules like inheritance, security, versioning, etc. and returns the transformed content to the caller as JSON.

This means you can model any type of content, provide your content authors the ability to visually author content items and then retrieve that content for your SPA, iOS, Android or other applications.

Modeling, managing, and retrieving content may be enough for many simple use-cases, there are other more advanced considerations that CrafterCMS supports. Considerations include:

  • In-context and in-place editing of headless content (Headless+)
  • Workflow of authored content from the first edit, through staging, and finally to a live state
  • DevContentOps and the flow of code, content, and team cadence

Available APIs

CrafterCMS supports a number of APIs to access content for headless applications, including:


Having content authors enter the same meta-data/content for every content item where it doesn’t change is both laborious and wasteful. It’s best for common meta-data for a section or the whole application to be entered once and inherited by all child items. This is content inheritance, and the implementation in CrafterCMS is very powerful supporting many inheritance mechanisms. More on this here


Securing content access and providing role-based access to different content items or hierarchies is critical to any enterprise-grade content-rich application. It’s critical that the security be implemented at the content API-level. CrafterCMS provides enterprise-grade authentication and authorization mechanics to help achieve this. More on this here


CrafterCMS support authentication integration with:

  • SAML2 providers (see here and here)
  • Headers-based providers (most SSO vendors) (see here and here)
  • OAuth 2.0 (coming soon)


CrafterCMS provides role-based access to all content items, per item or per section/hierarchy/URL-space. This is across all APIs, and it includes search.

In-Context Editing

CrafterCMS provides an SDK that lets developers focused on a headless use-case add the tools content authors expect, like visual in-context and in-place editing of Web content regardless of the development platform and tools.

More information on Experience Builder here and on the SDK here