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Orchard 0.5

Rating:        Based on 9 ratings
Reviewed:  5 reviews
Downloads: 9689
Change Set: aecd221c2b15
Released: Aug 3, 2010
Updated: Sep 21, 2010 by BertrandLeRoy
Dev status: Beta Help Icon

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Release Notes

This release is targeted at module developers.
  • The core module API is mostly baked
  • Data migrations for updating database schema on module activation and upgrade between versions of modules
  • Basic command-line scaffolding of modules and data migrations
  • Dynamic compilation of module source, for notepad-style development
    • Defining custom content types, parts, and fields
    • Define new content types (admin panel or code)
    • Add fields to content types (admin panel or code)
    • Associate content parts to types (admin panel or code)
    • Add fields or parts to existing content types (admin panel or code)
  • Packaging and installing modules (as zip files) – can include source, binaries, or both
  • Sharing modules via an ATOM feed (to be exposed on, and installing from the feed using a new “Gallery” module
  • Enabling, disabling, and upgrading module features and their dependencies (admin panel or command-line)
  • Search
  • Localization support for both the Orchard application and database-driven content items
  • Azure support
  • Multi-tenancy support
  • Interactive command-line support for many administrative tasks
  • Some basic reporting/logging functionality
  • Everything from previous Mix release: pages, blogs, comments, tags, users/roles, media, menu navigation, and basic theme support

Setup instructions:

Alternative setup instructions:

You can also set up this release by manually downloading and extracting the file to your local machine. The zip contents are pre-built and ready-to-run. Simply extract the contents of the Orchard folder from the zip file to an IIS virtual directory (or site root) and then point your browser to the site. You can also just extract to a local folder and open the included project file in Visual Studio to run it under the local ASP.NET Development Server (Cassini).
  • You can also download the full source code for this release (

Who should install Orchard using these files?

Those zip files are not necessarily the latest work from the team. They only represent the most stable release of the application so far.

If you just want to use Orchard and don't care about the source code, is what you want to use, preferably through the WebPI instructions.

If you want to take a look at the source code, or only want to create new modules but do not want to write patches or contribute to the core, is fine. It is the source code for, so just as, it won't be the latest version of the code, only the latest stable release.

Both zip files are releases and are going to be provided on each major milestone.

If you want something more up to date than that, or if you want to write patches or modify the core modules, you can enlist in our source control by following the instructions here: enlist or you can just download the latest version by going to the Source Code tab and clicking "Download" on the top-right corner under "Latest Version".

There are always at least two active branches: the dev branch, which is likely to be unstable but very up to date, and the default branch, which is the result of the latest three-week iteration and should be fairly stable at all times, but not as stable as Unless you have a good reason. sync to default.

Reviews for this release

After many years of playing with CMS, I'm excited to see a great project comining out of the .NET community built from the ground up with MVC. What's the target date for a stable 1.0 release?
by dcutting on Aug 27, 2010 at 2:53 AM
Thanks a lot ! Especially for updated documentation, this is the most important !
by paxer on Aug 19, 2010 at 6:20 AM
Thank you Orchard Team, what a good job. I'm looking forward to work a lot on Orchard CMS, very exited.
by marioaae on Aug 18, 2010 at 7:24 PM
Tried it a few days ago. Install was very smooth. Functionality is good. This is very similar to blogger / wordpress. Looks good for non-developers. Learning curve seems a bit high for developer though, even after reading the docs.
by jeremyr10 on Aug 14, 2010 at 9:11 AM
Great CMS project I've ever seen which build up on ASP.NET! I downloaded it via WPI 3.0 with no hassle and run it with WebMatrix. I want one to create myself but I didn't, Now I will use Orchard for my all CMS need. I am now learning it's internal working and will build modules to extend it. Thanks to the Orchard Team really great work.
by shahnawazk on Aug 11, 2010 at 9:23 AM