Empower, Enable, Equalize!

The TYPO3 Project's Vision, Mission, and Purpose


This vision, mission, and purpose statement was developed by the TYPO3 Association Board and representatives from the TYPO3 Company and the TYPO3 Core Team, with the help from external consultants.

Having a clear vision, mission, and purpose for the project means we can have clear visions, missions, and purposes for other fields of responsibility as well. Those will form the basis for strategic decisions.

This vision, mission, and purpose is ultimately an expression of where we see TYPO3 heading. On a very high and abstract level, you can view them as definitions of who we are, why we are here, and where we want to go. They are philosophical foundations that shape our decisions.

These are our thoughts and perspectives, and we hope publishing them will make it easier for you to tell us yours. Talking about such things is what shapes TYPO3’s farthest future today.

Reading the Vision, Mission, and Purpose Statement

The vision, mission, and purpose for the TYPO3 Project are stated as single, short sentences. Each word carries a lot of meaning.

Some of that meaning is interpreted in the brief explanation following each sentence. We are building a Frequently Asked Questions section to further elaborate on how we interpret it. However, the sentences also stand by themself. The interpretations are not exhaustive, and should not restrict the interpretation.

The TYPO3 Project’s Vision, Mission, and Purpose should indeed be broad and give much freedom. The Product, Association, and Company will each have their own, separate and more restrictive visions, missions, and purposes.


Empower * to unlock their potential, creating opportunities through content.

We believe that every person can bring something unique to the table. Content is fundamental to empowering people today to share knowledge, unlock possibilities, and achieve their potential regardless of who they are, what they believe, or where they come from. Our people, software, and services will empower content for everyone.


Enable freedom, interconnection, and collaboration through sustainable, world-class, open content management software.

Our mission is to make a better world for everyone by building and maintaining sustainable, affordable,  accessible, easy-to-use, open-source software, offering professional services, and creating an open and welcoming community.


Equalize opportunities through Open Source.

Our purpose is to equalize opportunities by making our world-class open source software available to anyone, free to download and use. We offer our supporting services at prices adjusted to local circumstances. Our products strengthen collaboration, empower independent businesses, educational and government institutions, and civil society worldwide.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What does the asterisk (“*”) mean?

This is a catch-all or wildcard character. The TYPO3 project should empower through freedom, not restriction. The asterisk is a good symbol of that freedom. Feel free to replace it with any word you feel fits.

What do you mean by “bring something unique to the table”?

To “bring something to the table”, is an English idiom meaning to provide something of benefit. We believe every person is unique and that every person has something in them that can bring benefit to others. The TYPO3 project should empower every person to provide that benefit.


Does the TYPO3 Project really enable freedom?

Yes, and on multiple levels. For example:

  • TYPO3, the CMS that is our project’s main product, is released under the GNU General Public License. The license is specifically created to offer rights and freedoms (rather than restrictions and limitations) to its users.
  • By creating a publishing platform that can be used to create web sites and other online communication, we believe that we also enable freedom of speech and expression.

How do you define the word “interconnection”?

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines interconnection as “to connect with one another” or “to be or become mutually connected”. Here are three examples of how it can be interpreted:

  • We think our project’s main product, when used to, for example, create websites and online platforms, helps people connect with one another.
  • We think that the community surrounding the open source project allows individuals to be mutually connected.
  • From a purely technical perspective, our product(s) enable other products and services to connect with each other.


What do you mean by “equalize opportunities”?

This is one of these words that can mean a lot—and that’s intentional. Here are a couple of examples:

  • Though we will always be able to improve on the current state, we would like the TYPO3 Project to play an active part in providing equal opportunity to everyone. 
  • We also believe that providing free and open source software in itself contributes to equal opportunity by lowering the entry barrier.
  • The TYPO3 Project can (and does) offer educational opportunities. These can provide opportunities to underprivileged people, enabling them to reach levels of education and expertise, e.g. that opens up new sources of income for them.

What do you mean by “prices adjusted to local circumstances”?

This is related to our purpose to “equalize opportunities”. Different regions, countries, and social strata can offer different financial opportunities. Because the TYPO3 Project should empower every person, we must also provide fair pricing that gives the same opportunities for similar effort. That could mean charging more for services in rich countries to offset a lower price for the same service elsewhere.