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The Joomla Platform is a platform for writing Web and command line applications in PHP. It is free and open source software, distributed under the GNU General Public License version 2 or later. The Joomla Content Management System (CMS) is built on top of the Joomla Platform.[1]

The release of the Joomla Platform on 5 July 2011[2] marked an important change in the Joomla! CMS architecture. From the very beginning of Joomla!, the Joomla! CMS and its Framework, which the Joomla! CMS Application was built on, were an integral part of each other. The main difference now with the release of the Joomla! Platform is the separation of the Joomla! Framework from the Joomla! CMS Application. Before, from the previous Joomla! Framework could not be used separate from the Joomla! CMS Application. Now, the Joomla! Platform is a completely independent set of libraries which do not require the Joomla! CMS Application. These libraries are made up of libraries maintained by the Joomla! Project and libraries maintained by other 3rd party developers. 'Connectors' or 'Event Listeners' which are simply called Plugins, can now be created by 3rd party developers to interact with either or both libraries to create Applications independent of the Joomla! CMS Application.

The home of the Joomla! Platform is the joomla/joomla-platform GitHub repository that contains the source, documentation and means to contribute (pull requests).

The Joomla! Platform
  1. https://github.com/joomla/joomla-platform
  2. http://developer.joomla.org/news/362-version-11-1-of-the-joomla-platform-released.html