Xoops (own spelling: XOOPS ) is a free portal software that contains many elements of a web content management system ( CMS). Xoops arose as a spin-off of PHP - Nuke and how this is based on the programming language PHP and the database management system MySQL and running under the GNU General Public License.


Xoops was founded by the Japanese Kazumi Ono ( Onokazu ). The development of the system began in 2001; Version 1.0 (Release Candidate 1 ) was published on 1 January 2002. Since 2007, the Chinese Taiwen Jiang is primarily responsible for the project.

Xoops was recommended in various magazines and portals as a CMS and portal system. The Edge newsletter from Adobe Systems, for example, evaluated in its issue of April 2008, the three systems Drupal, Joomla and Xoops than ideal for building e -commerce sites. In the Packt the British publisher advertised annual Open Source CMS Awards Xoops regularly achieved one of the top five rankings.

XOOPS took several times successfully at Asian Open Source competitions and won the 2009 Grand Prix of Open Source Software Challenge in Korea.


The name Xoops stands for eXtensible Object Oriented Portal System, English for " extensible, object-oriented portal system ". With Xoops, complex sites easily manageable. The basic system itself provides a scalable framework with modules with multi- user management. Design and layout can be adjusted via the built-in template engine Smarty or with already available layout templates. The main application of Xoops are online communities; However, Xoops can also meet the requirements of a classic content management system. Xoops is not directly optimized for web designers. Although XOOPS uses a template engine, in principle, everything can be adjusted by using the, but there are few outstanding pre-made layout templates for Xoops.


Xoops started as a spin-off of PHP -Nuke and brought in turn alters forth, among other things: