Text pattern

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Text pattern
Basic data

Maintainer Stef Dawson, Jukka Svahn, Phil Wareham, Robert Wetzlmayr
Publishing year 2003
Current  version 4.8.2
( July 29, 2020 )
operating system Platform independent
programming language PHP
category Content management system
License GPL 2 ( Free Software )
German speaking Yes

Textpattern is a free blog and content management system (CMS) under GPL 2 that can be used to create and update dynamic websites . (English text pattern = German text pattern )


Textpattern is written in PHP and requires a MySQL database. The system manages texts, cascading style sheets , graphics, downloadable files and links (references) and uses them to generate both XHTML pages for display in web browsers and web feeds in the RSS and Atom formats . Texts can be recorded in the simplified markup language Textile or in classic HTML. Other markup languages ​​such as Markdown can be retrofitted using extensions.

Textpattern is structured in such a way that it supports website developers in their work without restricting them. However, this also means that Textpattern is only delivered with a very simple graphic template . Creating the design of the page including XHTML and CSS is left to the developer. In the meantime, however, a number of ready-made templates are available that can be used immediately after downloading.

This fact limits the number of users of text patterns, but leads to more individual pages than, for example, with WordPress , which often uses a standard template.


Textpattern was originally developed by Dean Allen . As the system became more widespread, a development team was formed that gradually took over the work of Dean Allen.

Version 4.0 was the first "official" version and was released on August 14, 2005. The current version 4.7.3 was released on February 25, 2019.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Release 4.8.2 . July 29, 2020 (accessed July 30, 2020).
  2. The textpattern Open Source Project on Open Hub: Languages Page . In: Open Hub . (accessed on July 19, 2018).