Top 4 best Node.js Open Source Headless CMS in 2021

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Using a Node.js Headless CMS will help you quickly build a fast and high-performance self-hosted backend for your application with many pre-made things like admin dashboard, content CRUD (create, read, update, and delete) system, file management, authentication for the administrator, etc.

In this article, we will cover the best open-source Node.js Headless CMS of 2021. You can use them with any frontend technology you want such as React, Vue, Angular, Flutter, etc.


Strapi gives you the ability to easily customize the admin panel as well as the API (RESTful or GraphQL). You can also extends the CMS feature in seconds by installing plugins developed by the community.

Strapi is well documented and currently used by many large brands like NASA, Toyota, Walmart, Tata, etc.


Ghost is a full-stack, modern publishing platform but you can totally use it as a headless CMS. Its core consists of a robust JSON API, a beautiful admin client app and a simple theme layer.

Ghost is used by many big companies and startups including Duolingo, Unsplash, The Listener, Duck Duck Go (Blog), Open AI, Airtable, Square, etc.

The team behind Ghost also offers Ghost Pro that contains some paid services like domain, hosting, worldwide CDN, server maintenance & backups, support, etc.


You can quickly create a powerful GraphQL API with KeystoneJS by configuring your scheme in Javascript. This headless CMS currently supports MongoDB and PostgreSQL databases.


ApostropheCMS is a full content management system but you can turn it into a lightweight headless CMS by using its apostrophe-headless module. You can easily create new content types by defining schemas and immediately have a friendly interface for managing them on the back end… and REST APIs on the front end for React, React Native and other frontend frameworks to talk to.

Apostrophe is widely used by many projects including Apron, Franklin & Marshall College, Oatly, Cloud Raker, The Science Center, etc.

Wrapping Up

We have gone through the most popular open-source Node.js Headless CMS of 2021. They are all widely used and have their own advantages, and it’s hard to pinpoint a clear winner. Install and play around them and find the right one for you.

If you would like to explore more interesting things about Node.js, take a look at the following articles: Node.js: Get domain, hostname, and protocol from a URL, Node.js: Reading content from PDF and CSV files, How to get all Links from a Webpage using Node.js and Cheerio, Using Axios to download images and videos in Node.js.

You can also check out our Node.js category page for the latest tutorials and examples.

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