4,500 Extensions and Counting

TYPO3 is an extremely modular system that can be easily enhanced with custom extensions. All TYPO3 sites are built on top of the TYPO3 core, which contains the system's fundamental functionality. Custom extensions interact with the core through the stable, clearly documented extension API. While the TYPO3 core does change in each new release, the interfaces between extensions and the core do not, ensuring easy updates and future-proof development.

The TYPO3 Extension Manager

TYPO3 relies on the TYPO3 extension manager— included in the TYPO3 core—for installing, activating, and deactivating extensions on a given TYPO3 installation. Extensions can be quickly imported and installed with just a couple clicks in the TYPO3 backend.

Kickstarter Simplifies Extension Development

The extension kickstarter significantly reduces the time required to create a new TYPO3 extension, and automates the creation of interfaces for custom database records in the TYPO3 backend.

ExtBase: TYPO3's Built-in MVC Framework

Recent versions of TYPO3 include a built-in Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework called extBase, which allows developers to take advantage of this popular PHP design pattern.

FLUID: Next Generation Templating

Fluid—TYPO3's next generation templating system—is used for creating custom extension templates. Fluid was created for TYPO3 5.0, currently under development, and has been back-ported to the TYPO3 4.x branch. Fluid's approach to creating templates emphasizes simplicity, flexibility, extensibility, and easy of use.

Extensive Configuration Options

Nearly every aspect of the TYPO3 backend is configurable and customizable. Backend interfaces can often be configured using TSConfig. Nearly all rendered HTML content can be configured using Typoscript, a declarative configuration language used throughout TYPO3 for controlling front-end output.

TYPO3 History

TYPO3 was conceived by Danish developer Kasper Skårhøj in 1997. The idea was to solve what had emerged as a problem for the young internet—as websites grew, the need to separate the management of design and content became apparent.

By August 2000, the core components were distributed to a development community that extended the concept and functionality of TYPO3 into the robust, and richly featured CMS that it is today.

TYPO3 now runs more than 500,000 websites worldwide and powers sites for many esteemed institutions, including Cisco Systems, General Electric, Mercedes-Benz, and Harvard University.