by Bastian Allgeier

Who Uses kirby?

File based CMS that features combining forms, articles, galleries, spreadsheets designed for medium to large scaled businesses.

What Is kirby?

File-based CMS that doesn't require installation of a database to manage your website content. Tasks can be performed in the browser.

kirby Details

Bastian Allgeier


kirby pricing overview

kirby does not have a free version but does offer a free trial. kirby paid version starts at US$89.00.

Starting Price


Free Version


Free Trial


kirby deployment and support


  • Chat


  • Mac (Desktop)
  • Windows (Desktop)


  • Documentation

kirby Features

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Asset Management
  • Audio File Management
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Campaign Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting / Notes
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customisable Templates
  • Document Classification
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Forms
  • Email Management
  • Engagement Analytics
  • File Management
  • Filtering
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editing
  • Metadata Management
  • Multi-Language
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SEO Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Single Sign On
  • Social Media Integration
  • Tagging
  • Template Management
  • Text Editing
  • Third Party Integrations
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Video Support
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Website Management
  • Workflow Management

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kirby Reviews

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Overall rating


Average score

Ease of Use 5
Customer Service 5
Features 3.7
Value for Money 5

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Sven E.
Freelance Web Developer
Information Services, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 28/03/2019

"The best CMS for customer-websites"

Comments: I have used Kirby to build & maintaine multiple websites of clients of my freelance work and so far every client had zero issues with the system & I have had no issues with the hosting & maintaining of this CMS, which is very unlike the alternative CMS' out there.

Pros: Kirby is the best CMS I've encountered for running websites for customers who don't have their own team for dealing with their websites.
The fact that I can run Kirby and, without hours of training, my customers can add their own content, update their websites & make changes without breaking the site, is the main selling-point here. Unlike other, bigger, CMS systems, Kirby is easily understood by people whose day-job isn't working with websites, but who simply want their business to have a well-working page on the web.
Upkeep & Maintainance is also a breeze and it's nice not having to worry about critical bugs, database issues, etc. every single day for every client I work with.

Cons: Kirby's featureset is probably not suitable for large websites & website's that need a slew of interactive functionality. Its simplicity limits it to the afformentioned use-cases.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 28/03/2019
Davide L.
Front-end developer
Design, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 24/02/2020

"Freedom and simplicity: a joy to use"

Comments: The overall experience is... a pleasure. Kirby is easy, flexible, cheap. The forum is very helpful and the community share an open source philosophy that I like a lot. Their actinide is fantastic.
I used Kirby for a lot of different projects, form one pagers to medium websites and it worked very well.

Pros: I used Kirby for 4-5 years and I‘be seen it grow to become one of the best option for those searching a simple and effective CMS.
I love the fact that working without a database and with just a few dependencies I can focus on build websites, instead of fixing annoying problems. Moreover, composer and the code base structure make it well organised and easy to understand.
Another key point is the ability to create the administration panel with a freedom that I haven’t experienced in others products like it., The UI of the panel is clean and perfect: it is clearly the product of a design focused developer.
Last but not least: Kirby has as lot of important functionalities out of the box, for example the multi language management.

Cons: I don’t like the lack of proper collections. Everything in Kirby is a page, and that’s super find while building simple websites. It could be a limit for a scenario of medium complexity.

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  • Reviewed on 24/02/2020
Florian L.
Web developer
Media Production, Self Employed
Used the Software for: Free Trial
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    3 /5
  • Customer Support
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 21/03/2020

"Amazingly clean and lightweight CMS for specific use cases"

Comments: I came across Kirby on my mission to find a replacement for WordPress as my go-to CMS. After testing it for some time, I arrived at the conclusion that it might be perfect for portfolio sites, storefronts and micropages. For larger, more complex sites, it probably isn’t the best tool.

Pros: It is obvious at first glance that Kirby was created by minimalists with a predilection for clean architecture and a strong vision of what web development should be like. I love the idea that a website should not only come with a custom template but also a custom-tailored backend that can shrink and expand with a client’s needs. The documentation is outstanding. That flat file approach is groundbreaking and beats any database for all but the most complex enterprise needs. The new block editor makes for a fantastic writing experience superior to WordPress’ Gutenberg editor. Again, the concept is to customice everything and only offer blocks which are supposed to used in the template instead of just creating a big blob of markup. Kirby never gets in the way, but it is there when you need it (most of the time).

Cons: Unfortunately, Kirby lacks some features I require for most of my projects. There is no native support for comments or any kind of forms to support user generated content. It is possible to add this functionality manually, of course, but it would probably require quite some time and might break in the future. This is what happened with a third-party comments plugin and illustrates why such vital features should be part of the core. I would also like to see centralised asset management and the possiblity to perform updates from the backend. Another issue for me is pricing. Besides the initial purchasing price, there will be an additional fee for each major upgrades. At the same time, older version will only be maintained with security updates for so long. While I fully understand the creators’ need to find a sustainable business model which allows Kirby to survive and grow, recurring fees are a dealbreaker for me when it comes to developing websites which don’t generate any money. It would be hard to explain to potential clients why they should pay only to keep their website secure when there is plenty of open source software out there which offers free updates.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 21/03/2020