Hotaru CMS Demo and Information

Free Hotaru CMS demo installation

Want to quickly see how the open-source software Hotaru CMS works? You'll find a free and updated demo installation of Hotaru CMS here.

Before using this demo please notice:

Option 1: Shared and self resetting Hotaru CMS demo

There is a public demo installation of Hotaru CMS which is shared with others and resets itself hourly. You can access it by visiting the following link:

Option 2: Request your own Hotaru CMS demo installation

You can request a own demo instance with a lifetime of 24 hours. This is ideal if you don't want to have your settings overwritten by other users of this website. Just use the following form and receive a link to your free custom instance within seconds:


About Hotaru CMS

Hotaru CMS is a free open source content management software written in PHP that uses a MySQL database to store information. Its most common use is for social bookmarking and its features make it similar to Digg or Reddit. Some examples of features include bookmarking, RSS feed, voting on content and private messaging. However, the list of features can be extended by installing one of the plugins available, or by creating your own. What’s more, Hotaru CMS is described as a plugin-based CMS that allows you to create any type of website, from blogs and directories to forums or personal websites. If you want to get a complete review of this software you can download it by clicking on the link below to set up your own Hotaru CMS demo. The latest version available for download is 1.7.3 and was released on May 29, 2015 under the GNU General Public License.

The screenshots below will give you a preview of how the admin demo looks like and all the features the dashboard offers. You can also customize the way your online demo looks like by choosing one of the free themes available in the forums. Hotaru CMS also offers admin themes and language packs. To successfully set up your own Hotaru CMS demo the minimum server requirements are PHP 5.2.5 – 5.3.2 and MySQL 5.0. After your demo site is all set up you can also the “friendly urls” setting for URL rewriting.

Key Facts

CMS nameHotaru CMS
User rating1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (57 votes, average: 4.30 out of 5)
Hotaru CMS
CMS CategoriesCMS / Portals
Current version (stable)1.7.2
Latest release date (stable)05/29/2015
First release date04/15/2014
LicenseGNU General Public License
Supported languagesEnglish, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Japanese, Chinese, Czech, Bengali, Italian, Polish, German
CMS Demo available (see above)
Admin Demo available (see above)
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