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Original author(s) Kazumi Ono
Developer(s) XOOPS development team
Initial release December 5, 2002 (2002-12-05) (1.3.6)[1]
Stable release

2.5.8  (May 27, 2016; 9 months ago (2016-05-27))

Preview release None [±]
Written in PHP, JavaScript
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multi-lingual
Type Content management system
License(s) GNU General Public License v2.0
Website XOOPS.org

XOOPS is free open-source content management software. "XOOPS" stands for eXtensible Object Oriented Portal System.[2]

Product history

XOOPS was started by developer Kazumi Ono in 2001[2], with a SourceForge project started on December 6 of that year.[3] After a series of betas and release candidates, the first stable release of XOOPS arrived on December 5, 2002 as version 1.3.6.[1] XOOPS 1.x was originally based off of PHPNuke 4.4.1 and MyPHPNuke 1.8.5, and the team claimed to have created one of the first open-source applications based on object-oriented programming.[2]

In late 2009, the XOOPS Community announced an internal disagreement between itself and the former project manager Herko Coomans, claiming the financial decisions Coomans was making (under the entity Stichting XOOPS) — as well as other activity from other members — was disrupting the functioning of the project. Additional claims were made about withholding the domain name and nearly €15,000 from the Community, and a suit was filed against Coomans.[4] The Dutch Court rejected the suit in April 2010, dismissing claims "of a legal commitment from Stichting XOOPS to Xoops Foundation LLC."[5][6]

Awards and recognition

XOOPS won the OSSContest Award for "excellence in creative application" in 2008[7], and it won the grand prize in the International category of OSS Challenge 2009.[8]

XOOPS won Best Technology Award at the North East Asia OSS Forum in November 2010.[9]

XOOPS won Project of the Month honors from SourceForge in August 2012.[10]


The main features of XOOPS include[11]:

  • relational database
  • modular structure
  • customizable interface
  • user management tools
  • multi-lingual
  • user- and group-based permissions

Hardware/software requirements

For 2.5.2: The 2.5.2 installation guide (PDF) states "the Apache web server; the database manager MySQL; scripting language PHP." However, on page 9 it further clarifies:

  • WWW server (Apache, IIS, Roxen, etc.)
  • PHP 5.2 or higher
  • MySQL 5.1 or higher

For 2.5.7.x and 2.5.8:

  • Apache, IIS, Roxen or other compatible web servers
  • PHP 5.3.7 or higher
  • MySQL 5.1 or higher (5.5 recommended)

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Entities using XOOPS

Further reading

Ruoyu, Sun (2011). Designing for XOOPS. O'Reilly Media. pp. 128. ISBN 9781449308964. http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920021247.do. 

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ono, Kazumi (05 December 2002). "XOOPS 1.3.6 Released". The XOOPS Project. Archived from the original on 24 December 2002. http://web.archive.org/web/20021224120203/http://www.xoops.org/modules/news/article.php?storyid=559. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "XOOPS - Annual Report 2007" (PDF). XOOPS project team. 2007. http://www.esxoops.com/xoops/xoops_annual_report_2007.pdf. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  3. "XOOPS Web Application Platform". SourceForge. http://sourceforge.net/projects/xoops/. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  4. XOOPS Council (22 December 2009). "XOOPS sues Herko Coomans, its former Project Manager". XOOPS News. XOOPS Web Application System. http://www.xoops.org/modules/news/article.php?storyid=5170. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  5. Coomans, H. (6 May 2010). "Xoops Foundation LLC loses its civil lawsuit against Stichting XOOPS and Herko Coomans". herkocoomans.nl. http://www.herkocoomans.nl/en/xoops-foundation-llc-loses-its-civil-lawsuit-against-stichting-xoops-and-herko-coomans/. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  6. Brockmeier, J. (28 April 2010). "The Sad Story of XOOPS: Governance Fail". OStatic. OStatic, Inc. http://ostatic.com/blog/the-sad-story-of-xoops-governance-fail. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  7. "XOOPS China Wins OSSContest Award". XOOPS. 30 December 2008. http://www.xoops.org/modules/news/article.php?storyid=4588. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  8. "Winner of OSS Challenge 2009 (International Division)". OSS Korea. 26 October 2009. Archived from the original on 08 January 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100108193949/http://ossproject.or.kr/new/boxi/bbs/board.php?bo_table=eng&wr_id=4/. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  9. Mamba (09 November 2010). "XOOPS Receiving the 2010 NEA OSS Forum Award". XOOPS News. http://xoops.org/modules/news/article.php?storyid=5685. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  10. "August 2012 Project of the Month – XOOPS". SourceForge. August 2012. http://sourceforge.net/blog/potm-201208/. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  11. "All About XOOPS". XOOPS.org. http://xoops.org/modules/wfchannel/. Retrieved 10 January 2013.