Take back your content infrastructure

Your data belongs to you. Payload is the open-source, headless CMS and content framework that delivers the flexibility to build what you need, and get out of the way.

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Headless CMS & App Framework

Have the best of both worlds

Payload is the happy medium between headless CMS and application framework. And it's open source. Imagine that.


Open Source

With Payload's open-source content framework, your company's data belongs to you and not a SaaS.


Modern Code

Written in React & TypeScript, rapidly iterate and deliver solutions on time and under budget.



Payload is designed for extensibility, allowing your team to build anything while reducing development costs.


Lightning Fast

Payload's GraphQL API is 700% faster than competitors.


Marketing Toolset

Create and manage content with a minimal, intuitive UI, loaded with world-class features.


Unparalleled Flexibility

Get everything you'd expect from a composable and headless CMS, along with the utility of a full backend framework .

No Vendor Lock-in

Own your data. Sacrifice nothing.

Payload’s open-source nature hands you complete control of your data, giving you multiple benefits, such as air-gapped environments that allow you to prioritize the highest level of security and isolation for your sensitive information.

Avoid SaaS options and enjoy the freedom and ownership of what's yours.

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Editing Experience

Point, Click, Edit.

Empower your team to effortlessly create and manage content with a modern editing experience—loaded with features ranging from visual editing to AI translations, and everything in between.

Unparalleled extensibility permits your development team to build any other requirements desired.

Modernize Your Infrastructure

Uninstall your microservices

As an application framework, Payload redefines what's possible. It combines an API-first approach, customizable content models, and automatic REST API generation for unmatched adaptability and integration.

Payload can always keep up with your ambition, and help you depart restrictive microservices.

Read the Docs
import { CollectionConfig } from 'payload/types'
// a collection of 'orders' with an additional route for tracking details, reachable at /api/orders/:id/tracking
export const Orders: CollectionConfig = {
slug: 'orders',
fields: [
/* ... */
endpoints: [
path: '/:id/tracking',
method: 'get',
handler: async (req, res, next) => {
const tracking = await getTrackingInfo(req.params.id)
if (tracking) {
res.status(200).send({ tracking })
} else {
res.status(404).send({ error: 'not found' })

Enterprise tested. Developer approved.

Payload is trusted by engineering teams across the globe.


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Decision-makers opt for open source

The most innovative companies on earth are turning to Payload for their mission-critical projects

Let us show you why.

We don’t have a one-size fits all enterprise agreement and there is no formula. Payload will ensure that you save time and resources, all while equipping you to build a better, faster product that scales as you do.

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