Code Quality Rank: L2
Programming language: PHP
License: GNU Affero General Public License v3.0
Tags: Blogging Platforms    
Latest version: v2.16.9

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Dotclear is an open-source web publishing software. Take control over your blog!

Dotclear project's purpose is to provide a user-friendly tool allowing anyone to publish on the web, regardless of their technical skills.


  • Easy publication
  • Fully customizable theme
  • User-friendly administration
  • Flexible template system
  • Media management
  • Choose from several editing syntax (wiki, markdown or directly in wysiwyg)
  • Flexible comment system
  • Built-in antispam
  • Localization
  • Presentation widgets
  • Themes and plugins
  • Pages
  • Tags and categories
  • Automated installation
  • Support for several database types
  • Multiblog
  • Multi-user with permissions
  • Standards compliant
  • Accessible
  • Importing / exporting
  • Naturally optimized for search engines
  • Syndication feeds
  • Complete trackback/pingback/webmention support
  • Full Unicode support
  • XML/RPC client support
  • Extensible
  • Performance and scalability
  • Twice free


In order to run Dotclear you need:

  • A web server (Apache, Cherokee, Nginx, lighttpd, etc.)
  • PHP 7.4/8.0 with the following modules:
    • mbstring
    • iconv
    • simplexml
    • mysqli, postgresql or sqlite
  • A database server (MySQL/MariaDB or PostgreSQL) or SQLite.


Automatic installation

The easiest way to install the blog engine is automatic installation. Download the one minute install file, upload it to your web space. Then open it in your favorite browser. You'll only have to follow the instructions on screen. See the documentation for more information.

Standard installation

You need to download Dotclear archive, extract it then upload your files to your web space using an FTP client. Then open your favorite browser and go to http://your.host.name/dotclear/admin/install/. A message alerts you that you haven't got a configuration file and offers to run the wizard. Click this link.


Still unsure if you want to move? A "guided tour" is what you need.

Dotclear is fully documented:

Dotclear documentation uses a wiki. Feel free to contribute.


Copyright Olivier Meunier & Association Dotclear

GPL-2.0-only https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; version 2 of the License.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.


Dotclear is an open source project. If you'd like to contribute, please read the [CONTRIBUTING file](CONTRIBUTING.md). You can submit a pull request, or feel free to use any other way you'd prefer.


https://git.dotclear.org/dotclear/ (official) https://github.com/dotclear/dotclear (Github mirror)

https://dotclear.crowdin.com/dotclear (online translations)

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Dotclear README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.