Most downloaded CMS in 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Niels Hartvig

Today the Champagne will flow at the Umbraco HQ Office as we passed an incredible milestone - we're now the most downloaded Web CMS on the Microsoft stack! 

Umbraco downloads from Codeplex
Umbraco download stats from 2006 to 2012 

Ever since the early days of Umbraco, we've seen a steady growth in downloads (and obviously installs) and while the priority always have been around making an awesome product and fostering a friendly community, it does feel incredibly motivating that you can climb to the top with those values in place.

The math

Of course stats are a grateful thing and it's said that it's easy to bend them to whatever conclusion you want to achieve. So here's the math:

Umbraco downloads in 2012
Umbraco download stats from 2012 - yellow circle shows ratio of download / visit

  1. Our source is download numbers at Microsofts website for open source projects called "Codeplex".
  2. When you browse projects on Codeplex you can see statistics if you append /stats to the url - for instance, here's the stats for Umbraco.
  3. We looked at download stats for the year of 2012, but as Codeplex tracks any download - whether it's the product, documentation, starter kit, etc - we had to clean the numbers based on downloads per visit ratio. As in no matter how much you download, at max you download the product once.
  4. So while we'd love the idea that we were downloaded 341,620 times we need to adjust it based on our ratio of 1.19 downloads per visit. So this means that there's been 287,075 downloads of Umbraco in 2012 so far. 
  5. Then we did the same exercise with other CMS hosted on Codeplex and started dancing when we saw the results.

More than a quarter of a million downloads in 2012 so far. Time to stop blogging and start popping the cork.

Have a great weekend!

11 comment(s) for “Most downloaded CMS in 2012”

  1. Gravatar ImageJeffrey Valeroso Says:


  2. Gravatar ImageStephen Roberts Says:

    What the hell happened on christmas day? did someone get a new superfast pc and made a metric shit tonne of websites?

  3. Gravatar ImageNiels Hartvig Says:

    @Stephen Some codeplex stat went nuts on that day (back in 2007). It hunted us for a long time as it made the 2008 stats saying that growth had declined an insane amount :)

  4. Gravatar ImageAnthony Candaele Says:

    Cheers, Umbraco Rocks!

  5. Gravatar ImageGabe Sumner Says:

    Congrats on the milestone. However, it's worth mentioning that a lot of .NET CMS's aren't distributed through CodePlex.

    Here are some 3rd party statistics regarding the relative usage of various CMS's:

  6. Gravatar ImageNiels Hartvig Says:

    @Gabe: I'd be bold enough to say that the most popular CMSes out there on the MS stack is hosted on Codeplex, but feel free to prove me wrong.

    Unfortunately, Umbraco's flexibility and control over site implementations means that it makes it difficult to get tracked by robots. The upside though is that it's what keeps us growing. That developers have full control over their implementation and site owners doesn't get their infrastructure exposed to robots - whether they have good or bad intentions.

  7. Gravatar ImageBertrand Le Roy Says:

    Niels, congratulations on the success of Umbraco. This is great to see. However, the CodePlex statistics are entirely meaningless (a concern for all developers using it). They mean different things for different projects, depending on what they make available for download, how often they release, etc. They also neglect Hg updates. I think the only reliable piece of data we can extract from that is that we should all demand from CodePlex that they make their statistics more meaningful, for example by creating download categories, or graphs per version, or enabling the inclusion of source control updates to changesets corresponding to downloadable files (they already have that information). We can send a joint e-mail to Mark Groves if you think it's a good idea. He listens.

  8. Gravatar ImageLars Bertelsen Says:

    Well deserved :-)

  9. Gravatar ImageHartvig Says:

    @Bertrand: I don't think they're *entirely* meaningless, but it's clear that you can't use the stats out of the box (as the download/visit differences among projects clearly shows). Clean downloads from source (hg/git/whatever) is an insignificant number among the projects I looked at, so I don't think that would make a huge difference.

    But whatever can be done for transparency, I'm all game in giving Mark feedback, so sign me up!

  10. Gravatar Imageesunxray Says:

    Umbraco is great. But DNN is the top one.
    You can see view DNN page.

  11. Gravatar ImageNiels Hartvig Says:

    @esunxray: They have high download numbers but their downloads/visit ratio is 2,48, meaning that on average each visitor downloads 2,48 items. All of that can't be the DNN app (as you only download that once), so when you clean those numbers as per #4 above, their numbers are significantly lower.

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