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Initial release

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Habari (pronounced /h?'??:ri/; X-SAMPA: /hA"b_<A:ri/) is a free and open source blog engine written in PHP. It runs on web servers such as Apache, Lighttpd or Nginx and it currently supports MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite for the database backend.[1] It gets its name from the Swahili word "habari" which translates to "news"[2], as in "what's the news?" and is developed as a meritocracy similar to the Apache Software Foundation[3].



  • Modular, object-oriented core for easy extensibility[4]
  • Supports multiple database backends[5]
  • Uses prepared statements throughout to protect against SQL injection attacks
  • Media silos to directly access various ways of media storage, like Flickr, Viddler, or the server's filesystem
  • Atom Publishing Protocol support
  • Multiple users (authors) supported
  • Multiple sites on one installation supported
  • Support for static content ("pages")
  • Plugin support
  • Tag support
  • Importers for Serendipity and WordPress


The Habari project was started in October 2006[6] to develop a modern blogging platform. The focus is on utilizing current technology, such as PHP 5, PHP Data Objects, and object-oriented programming, and the support of modern standards, such as the Atom Publishing Protocol.

The first "developer release" was released on April 3, 2007. Habari 0.2 followed on August 4, version 0.3 on November 5, version 0.4 on February 22, and version 0.5 on July 27, 2008.

Habari was a finalist in the 2008 SourceForge Community Choice Awards in the category of Best New Project.[7]



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