Movable Type

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Movable Type
Moveabletype logo.png
Developer(s) Six Apart Ltd.
Initial release October 8, 2001 (2001-10-08)[1]
Stable release

7.9.7  (November 25, 2022; 2 months ago (2022-11-25))

Preview release none [±]
Written in Perl, PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multilingual
Type Blog software
Content management system
License(s) GNU General Public License

Movable Type is a blogging and content management system developed by the company Six Apart.

Product history

On September 3, 2001, husband and wife combo Ben and Mena Trott publicly announced their pet programming project — a weblogging management system called Serge[2] (likely due to Ben's interest in the artist Serge Gainsbourg[3]) — would eventually be released as "Movable Type."[4] Version 1.0 was publicly released a month later.[1]

In version 2.2, Six Apart introduced the concept of the "trackback," a linkback method for website authors to request notification when somebody links to one of their documents, a feature that would be adopted by a number of other blog software developers later.[5]

With the release of version 3.0 in 2004, there were marked changes in Movable Type's licensing, most notably placing greater restrictions on its use without paying a licensing fee.[6][7][8] This sparked criticism from some users of the software, with some moving to the then-new open-source blogging tool WordPress.[7][8] With the release of Movable Type 3.2, the ability to create an unlimited number of weblogs at all licensing levels was restored. In Movable Type 3.3, the product once again became completely free for personal users.[9]

Six Apart released a beta version of Movable Type 4 on June 5, 2007 and re-launched as a community site, for purposes of developing an open-source version that was released under the GNU Public License on December 12, 2007.[10][11] Movable Type 4's Enterprise version provides advanced features such as lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) management, and enterprise database integration such as Oracle, MySQL, user roles, blog cloning, and automated blog provisioning. It is also available as part of Intel's SuiteTwo professional software offering of Web 2.0 tools.

In December 2007, Movable Type was relicensed as free software under the GNU General Public License.[12]

Melody, a fork of the open-source Movable Type distribution, was announced in June 2009[13], with its development being guided by a non-profit group consisting of current and former Six Apart employees, as well as other consultants and volunteers.[14]

Movable Type 5 was released in open-source and "Professional" versions in January 2010,[15] with several bug fixes and security updates appearing later in the year. Movable Type Enterprise continued, however, to be based on Movable Type 4.

In January 2011, SAY Media announced that Infocom, a Japanese IT company, had acquired Six Apart Japan, and that as part of the transaction, Infocom would assume responsibility for Movable Type.[16]


Major features of Movable Type include[17]:

  • dashboard to view a summary of website and blog activity in one location
  • WYSIWYG editor
  • universal template set
  • one-click theme implementation
  • template-based output
  • document management
  • revision history
  • custom fields
  • member profiles
  • local authentication and OpenID support
  • recommendation support
  • TrackBack support
  • user-based security
  • comment and spam control
  • RSS support
  • activity log
  • multi-blog aggregation

Hardware/software requirements

Installation requirements will vary depending on which version of Movable Type is to be installed and what the server environment is like. Please reference the installation requirements section of the documentation.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Screenshots for Movable Type can be found on the Six Apart website.

Access the online demo here. Click the version number you wish to demo in the top navigation bar.

Entities using Movable Type

Examples of entities using Omeka include:

Boeing, GE Healthcare, GE Medical Systems, Genentech, Glaucoma Research Foundation, Greenpeace, Harvard University, Hospital & Health Association of Pennsylvania, L'Oreal, Lockheed, Miller Brewing, National Public Radio, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, New Scientist, Nokia, Patagonia, Pfizer, Siemens Gigaset, Stanford University, TED, Tyco, US Census Bureau, Verizon, W.W. Grainger, WellPoint

A full directory of Movable Type users can be found at the Six Apart website.

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Trott, Mena (8 October 2001). "Please Read Before Downloading". Six Apart Ltd. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  2. "Movable Type". Telegraphik. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  3. "Benjamin Trott". O'Reilly Media. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  4. Trott, Ben; Mena Trott (3 September 2001). "Welcome". Six Apart Ltd. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  5. Trott, Ben; Mena Trott. "A Beginner's Guide to TrackBack". Six Apart Ltd. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  6. Trott, Mena (13 May 2004). "It's About Time". Six Apart. Archived from the original on 14 May 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Miller, Rick (17 May 2004). "Changes at MT, Blogger Highlight Blog Hosting Strategies". NetCraft. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "The cost of blogging". NetworkWorld. 13 May 2004. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  9. "Six Apart Releases Movable Type Enterprise and Movable Type 3.3". Six Apart Ltd. 12 July 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  10. "Welcome to the Movable Type Open Source Project". Six Apart Ltd. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  11. Reisinger, Don (19 July 2007). "Six Apart Movable Type 4.0 Beta". PC World. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  12. Dash, Anil (12 December 2007). "Movable Type Open Source". Six Apart Ltd. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  13. Reese, Byrne (22 June 2009). "Introducing Melody". Open Melody Software Group. Archived from the original on 26 June 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  14. "The Open Melody Software Group". Open Melody Software Group. Archived from the original on 26 June 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  15. Tulley, Ginger (5 January 2012). "Introducing Movable Type 5". Six Apart Ltd. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  16. Seki, Nob (21 January 2011). "Six Apart Japan to be acquired by Infocom and assume responsibility for Movable Type and Six Apart brand". Six Apart Ltd. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  17. "Movable Type - All Features". Six Apart Ltd. Retrieved 3 April 2012.