The History of TYPO3

TYPO3 was developed from scratch by Kasper Skårhøj, a Danish developer, in 1997. The term “Content Management” was still widely unknown, but as websites became more and more complex, the idea to have a system that separated design and content was a smart solution to an emerging problem. 

Kasper doesn't develop TYPO3 anymore but continues to meet with and inspire the community at some events. You can meet him on his website or read Kaspers Korner with more personal insights and TYPO3 history.


  • Somewhere in Denmark: Kasper Skårhøj, a developer, identifies requirement for a new kind of CMS, as customers need a tool to maintain their website content without messing with the design.


  • He develops 3 prototypes and continuously improves them; the final concept emerges
  • TYPO3 is taken under commercial development by the web agency and strategic goals are set
  • August: Kasper visits the Seybold exhibition in San Francisco and has a meeting with David Siegel, a famous computer scientist
  • October: TYPO3 is presented as an industrial strength web content management in a workshop held by David Siegel at the IFRA exhibition in Lyon, France
  • November: teams up with the Danish branch of Saatchi & Saatchi, to bring them into the internet business in a single leap


  • Technical foundation of TYPO3 is finalised
  • A new core is developed from scratch that proves a flexible and powerful base for the system up to today 
  • August: Kasper leaves with the TYPO3 development rights
    This step is based on the difficulties he experiences combining the high requirements of internal quality with commercial software development. The latter would require immature releases, ending up with an incoherent patchwork of code inside TYPO3. Additionally, Kasper discovered that he was more passionate about sharing and setting his own agenda than pursuing the traditional commercial route; so Kasper goes solo.


  • August: Launch of the first public beta-version
    Having initially thought the project would need another 6 months, Kasper launches the first public beta-version in August 2000 - 12 months down the line after leaving his old agency and only a week before getting married. TYPO3, initially developed in the protected sphere of non-publicity, has now entered the second phase: the merciless crash-testing from the open source world.
  • December: TYPO3, having passed the "quality test", gathers a steadily growing community. New ideas and new feature requests boost the development.


  • April: Kasper hosts the first week-long TYPO3 workshop for the Swiss new-media academy "Hyperwerk" 
  • Summer: Major clean-up and streamlining of the code
    Result: strengthening the TYPO3 code base, defining concepts for extendibility 
  • September: The German IT professional magazine iX on TYPO3, crediting it generally favourably and proving TYPO3 is now a major PHP-based CMS
  • TYPO3 became open source


  • Winter: First TYPO3 community meeting
    25 TYPO3 aficionados meet for an exhilarating week of snowboarding and TYPO3 seminars in Austria. The snowboard tour was born.
  • TYPO3 Milestone, May 24th: Release of TYPO3 version 3.0, leaving the beta-stage behind
  • May 29th: The German PHP Magazine features 40 PHP based CMSs
    TYPO3 is reviewed in detail alongside 4 commercial systems and holds its own 
  • The Extension Manager: The powerhouse of TYPO3 is conceived, tested, improved and refined
  • Relaunch of and, featuring a new corporate identity


  • Release of TYPO3 3.5 featuring now well-known features such a segmentation of TYPO3 in Core, System Extensions and 3rd Party Extensions Introduction of the Extension Manager 


  • Release of TYPO3 3.6 in May featuring now well-known features such as Standard Content Elements that conform to XHTML, setting the foundation to barrier-free Websites 
  • Release of TYPO3 3.7 in September featuring now well-known features such as simplified content-localisation, adding support for a Command Line Interface and "language" as HMENU type
  • The TYPO3 Association was founded


  • Release of TYPO3 3.8. in May featuring now well-known features such as GraphicsMagick compatibility, multi-language ability for the backend, authentication services added to the core
  • First mentioning of T3N Magazine in August
  • First TYPO3 Conference in Karlsruhe, called TYCON3 back then upgraded to TYPO3 3.8


  • With the release of version TYPO3 4.0 in April, the system received an improved user interface and its featureset now allowed it be considered a true enterprise content management system, used in complex projects in a wide variety of corporate and business settings [Release Notes]
  • Relaunch of and representing results of T3BRAND workshop in February


  • Release of TYPO3 4.1 in March featuring now well-known features such as improved page tree with Ajax, introduction of Inline Relational Record Editing (IRRE), improved UTF-8 support and enabling of InnoDB features [Release Notes]


  • Introduction of the TYPO3 Certified Integrator progam
  • The Berlin Manifesto
  • Release of TYPO3 4.2 in April featuring now well-known features such as many GUI improvements in the backend, including AJAX features, extended features of the text editor, improvement of frontend login and extension update process [Release Notes]


  • Release of TYPO3 4.3 in November featuring now well-known features such as modified frontend editing, flash uploader and recycle bin for the backend, new system reports & system scheduler, introducing the new caching framework, security improvements with Salt (cryptography) & RSA, integration of Extbase & Fluid features [Release Notes]


  • Release of TYPO3 4.4 in June featuring now well-known features such as full backend redesign incl. performance improvements, simplified installation, first Introduction Package - a complete website template, CSS and javascript compression, HTML5 support in frontend [Release Notes]


  • TYPO3 version 4.5 "LTS" was published for the first time. "LTS" stands for "Long Term Support" and secured the maintenance and support in the form of updates and security patches for three years. [Release Notes]
  • Release of TYPO3 4.6 in October featuring now well-known features such as internationalization with XLIFF, new website form content element, security & performance improvements [Release Notes]
  • Release of TYPO3 Flow 1.0 (formerly FLOW3) in November


  • Release of TYPO3 4.7 in April 2012 featuring now well-known features such as complete Accessibility for new installations acc. to WCAG, introducing new HTML5 elements like <audio> & <video>, improvements for TCEforms, introducing the Government Package [Release Notes]
  • Release of TYPO3 CMS 6.0 in November featuring now well-known features such as PHP namespace support, File Abstraction Layer - the foundation for TYPO3 6.2 LTS, drag & drop in the Page Module, support for IPv6, standardized bootstrap for mount points [Release Notes]
  • Release of TYPO3 Flow 1.1 (formerly FLOW3) in August


  • The certification exam can be taken online, 24/7 worldwide, in cooperation with Pearson VUE.
  • Release of TYPO3 CMS 6.1 in April was released featuring now well-known features such as improvements for the File Abstraction Layer, UI improvements for the Extension Manager, use for PHP mysqli instead of "mysql" module [Release Notes]
  • Release of TYPO3 Flow 2.0 in June
  • Release of TYPO3 Neos 1.0 in December


  • In march TYPO3 CMS 6.2, the next LTS version after TYPO3 CMS 4.5 was released and provides maintenance updates for 3 years until October 2017. [Release Notes] 
  • Release of TYPO3 CMS 7 in December - the first sprint release towards final 7 LTS. [What´s new slides] 


  • Release of TYPO3 CMS 7.1 in February - Home Improvement. [What´s new slides]
  • Release of TYPO3 CMS 7.3 in June - More Stability, More Control. [What´s new slides]
  • In June the first TYPO3 Alumni #CertiFUNcation Day was held. [Read more]
  • Release of TYPO3 CMS 7.4 in August - Nothing is impossible. [What´s new slides]
  • In May the TYPO3 Association and the Neos team have begun negotiations about separating the Neos project from the TYPO3 Association. Link: [News bulletin]. All informations about Neos can be found under

And more

The TYPO3 Association

A group of long-time contributors, headed by Kasper Skårhøj, founded the TYPO3 Association in fall 2004. It is the heart of the project, funding development of the system’s core, providing certification and officially  representing the project.

The TYPO3 Steering Committee

Members of the TYPO3 Steering Committee consistently work for TYPO3 and attend general assemblies, where they vote and decide on the Association's future.


TYPO3 hosted its first international conference, the TYCON3, in Karlsruhe, Germany, September 8-11, 2005.

Renamed T3CON in 2006, the annual event caters for business users rather than developers.

Developer Days

The first international TYPO3 Developer Days took place in Dietikon, Switzerland, August 11-13 2006.

The TYPO3 DD became an annual event with the goal to motivate and integrate developers, thus providing a steady contribution to TYPO3 and guaranteeing its standards.

The Future

The TYPO3 project has a clear vision, a defined roadmap and a strong community.

Every day thousands of pages are viewed and download numbers of the installation package are soaring. The press shows increased interest, commercial use is flourishing. With the release of the new TYPO3 4.5 Long Term Support Version in 2011, our CMS has grown stronger, more reliable and safer than ever.

To cut a long story short: TYPO3 is free and open to everyone, yet powerful enough for mission critical commercial use. It was founded on values of quality, honesty, freedom. And it’s going to stay that way.