Feather CMS

Feather CMS ?

? Feather is a modern Swift-based content management system powered by Vapor 4.

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To use Feather you’ll have to install Swift 5.3 or greater (using Linux or macOS is recommended).

If you need help installing Swift, you should follow the official instructions available on swift.org.

Please note that the currently recommended Swift version is: Swift 5.4

Setup & environment

Clone or download the source files using the Feather repository.

git clone https://github.com/FeatherCMS/feather.git

Change the current working directory (located under the target setting when using Xcode) to the project directory.

cd feather

Create a dotenv file ( .env or .env.development) based on your environment) and config the following values.

# the base path (absolute) of the working directory

# Optional Feather related env variables

# the hostname (domain) of your web server, default localhost
# the port to listen on, default 8080
# use HTTPS, default false (needs cert & key setup on the Vapor app)
# maximum body size for file uploads
# disable file middleware, default false (if disabled you can serve files with nginx)
# disable the session auth middleware for api endpoints (recommended for production)

# Database related env variables

# Available database types: sqlite (default) / mysql / postgres
# Default port numbers: mysql - 3306 / postgres - 5432

You can run the make env command to quickly create a development environment with the curret directory as a base path.

Start the server using the swift run Feather command (alternatively you can use the make run command).

Notes about using Xcode

  • ⚠️ Warning: DO NOT USE the swift package generate-xcodeproj command, it’s deprecated.
  • ⚠️ Make sure that you open the project by double clicking the Package.swift file.
  • ⚠️ Set the custom working directory for the Feather scheme to the root of the project directory.
  • ⚠️ If needed setup a post-action script to automatically shut-down previous server instances (to avoid address in use errors).
  • ✅ Build and run the project as usual and enjoy your Feather powered site.

Docker support

Feather is also available on DockerHub, you can use the following command to pull the latest version.

docker pull feathercms/feathercms:latest

You can also build your own images using docker-compose for more information check the following wiki page


The FeatherCore framework provides all the necessary API to configure your Feather application.

Database driver

By default Feather uses the SQLite driver, but it is possible to use PostgreSQL, MySQL (MariaDB) or even MongoDB as your database driver through the Fluent framework.

You should follow the instructions using the official Vapor docs to setup the right driver, but please note that the preferred drivers are PosgreSQL and SQLite for really small projects and development purposes.

File storage driver

The Liquid framework is an abstract file storage library that works with a local file storage driver, but it is also possible to use Amazon S3 as a cloud-based solution.

You can replace the default local driver with the S3 driver, which is powered by the Soto for AWS SDK.


Feather is a modular CMS system, you can add new modules as Swift package dependencies or place them under the Modules directory.

Feather gives you just a few core modules, they provide basic functionalies such as the route system, web frontend, admin interface or API layer.

The usage of other modules can be completely customized (just alter the SPM dependency & configuration file).

? Feel free to fork this repository and create your own configuration as per needed.

Using Feather CMS


The first time when you open your page Feather will run in a “system install” mode.

During this phase (behind the scenes):

  • all the required database structures will be created (database migration will run automatically).
  • Bundled resources (public files and templates) will be copied to the project folder (if needed).
  • All the necesseary models will be installed (persisted) using the configured database driver.
  • All the required assets will be uploaded to the file storage (using the configured storage driver).
  • The “root” user account will be created, you have to provide yor own credentials during this step.
  • Sample content for the blog module will be created (you can opt-out from this).
  • You’ll be redirected to the welcome page.

Now you are ready to use your Feather-based website.

User guide

You can read more about how to use Feather in the wiki.

Custom templates

You can create your very own stylesheet by overriding the files inside the Public folder.

It is also possible to create custom theme for Feather by altering the templates inside the Resources/Templates/Default folder.

⚠️ Keep in mind that these files are ignored from the git repository by default.

? You might want to change this behavior by updating your .gitignore file.

⭐️ If you delete a file from these folders the next time you run Feather it’ll be restored automatically.

You can also add your own template directory and use that instead of the Default one, you can configure this using the Settings admin menu.

Contribution and support

? Feather is an open source software and your contributions are more than welcome.

? If you wish to make a change, please open a Pull Request.

? Please don’t hesitate to send your feedbacks, thoughts and ideas about Feather.



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