Contemplate™ Web Templating System  


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Contemplate 2.0.2
16 Nov 2011
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Is Contemplate free or open source?

Yes and yes! Contemplate is distributed under the Apache Software License, which provides for free distribution and use for any purpose. The license forbids, however, the use of the name Contemplate for new products derived from the source code, and requires that Arlo Leach be credited in the source code and documentation of any derivative products.

The Contemplate source code is managed under an open source, closed development model, which means that users may view and modify the source for their own purposes, and may submit enhancement suggestions to the developer, but do not have direct access to the development environment. Suggestions relating to performance, security, and compatibility across server platforms are particularly welcome.


This software is OSI Certified Open Source Software.

OSI Certified is a certification mark of the Open Source Initiative.

What are the system requirements?

Contemplate was originally written in Perl and subsequently ported to both PHP and ASP. As of version 1.3, development stopped on the Perl and ASP versions, so you'll need PHP to run the latest version. PHP runs on Linux, Windows and Mac servers with either Apache or IIS, but the Linux/Apache combination is the most thoroughly tested.

Since Contemplate can store its content in standard HTML files, you don't need any database access on your web server. You can use a MySQL database for content storage if you wish. The Reporter component requires a MySQL database.

Contemplate is developed by Arlo Leach.