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CKEditor for Joomla is an Open Source component that enables CKEditor in your favorite CMS.

It is provided by CKSource, the company that created CKEditor and CKFinder. No registration is required to download and the component is free to use.

The following features are included in the component:
- the latest stable release of CKEditor 3.x,
- built-in support for CKFinder, an advanced Ajax file browser,
- administration section with lots of configuration options to customize CKEditor to your needs,
- Link Browser - a dedicated plugin for Joomla!,
- multilingual interface, RTL support, Paste from Word, and all other cool features that are available in CKEditor.

A few words about CKEditor:

CKEditor is an online rich text editor that can be embedded inside web pages. It is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor which means that the text edited in it looks as similar as possible to the results end users will see after the document gets published. It brings to the Web popular editing features found in desktop word processors such as Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.org Writer. CKEditor is truly lightweight and does not require any kind of installation on the client computer.

You can learn more about CKEditor on the official CKEditor website (click the "DEMO" link). If you are looking for a package that includes a CKFinder license and a dedicated e-mail support channel, visit http://cksource.com/ckeditor-for-joomla

Please refer to the project homepage (hosted by joomlacode.org) to report bugs or add feature requests.

Good, but...

Posted on 28 April 2012

The editor itself is pretty good. Nothing special, works like other good editors.

Now my major beef with CKEditor is having to install CKFinder in order to use the upload and file browser. This is really annoying. I don't understand why it can't be integrated into the install package like Joomla CK Editor. I end up having issues every time with CKFinder, and end up spending an hour trying to figure out where the problem lies. To add to this, the free version now displays an annoying large banner in the backend boldly saying 'You are using a demo version...' Annoying. Editors should be free, in my opinion.

I've since moved on to Joomla CK, which works perfectly, and with file browser and uploader, right out of the box.

In the end, it's still a very good editor, and I'm very familiar with it, having used it since it was FCK. But given the problems and having to manually install and configure and fight with CKFinder, I would consider trying other alternatives.

Owner's reply: We're afraid that there is some confusion here and you are not, in fact, reviewing the version that is available in the Joomla! Extensions Directory (i.e. this site).

Let us explain briefly.
There are two versions of the CKEditor for Joomla! extension:
- The Open Source one, available at http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/edition/editors/12821, that does not include or require CKFinder.
- The commercial one, available at http://ckeditor.com/ckeditor-for-joomla, that comes with CKFinder already licensed and integrated and also includes enterprise-level support.

As mentioned above, the Open Source version that is available for download and review on this site does not include CKFinder and does not require it for file upload functionality. You can easily upload your files in the CKEditor for Joomla! extension without CKFinder by using the built-in Joomla! functionality. Additionally, we are unable to publish CKFinder in the Joomla! Extensions Directory since it is not an Open Source product and it requires a separate license.

The message about using the demo version that you are getting results from the fact that you *did not use* the Open Source version, but instead tried to use the commercial one downloaded from http://ckeditor.com/ckeditor-for-joomla without obtaining a license. This was not really needed -- you are free to use the Open Source version that is available at this site and use the Joomla! upload functionality for file upload. And you are of course also most welcome to use the commercial version, too, with all its benefits (i.e. CKFinder license and support channel), just please buy a license first :-)

We are sorry about any inconvenience caused. We do hope that with the confusion cleared you will be able to choose the version that you prefer and give CKEditor a(nother) try!

I changed to this editor after major problems with another not working with Virtuemart.

This one does work with Virtuemart :)

Its very clean looking. Easy to use.

Configuration is very quick.

Fantastic editor.

The almost perfect Editor

Posted on 17 November 2011

By far the best existing editor for Joomla.

Easy, clean and user-friendly.

Good Job!!!


Posted on 12 November 2011

I've used CKEditor, back when it was FCKeditor, as the standalone on a regular website. It was great then and its even better now. I love this editor, its so easy to manage and to install. Great extension...Thank you for the hard work and for the best WYSIWIG editor available.

Excellent on all version

Posted on 04 October 2011

I use the CKEditor on my Joomla1.5, 1.6 and 1.7. It works fantasticly on all. Thanks!

I mostly use HTML to place content on my Websites. Other people must edit the site as well that do not know HTML. This is where CK Editor does a wonderful job of giving restricted functions as an editor for the frontend. People love it.

Okay I use it from time to time and find it a joy to use. I have used all the other editors but CK Editor provides the functionality I require for the other people who edit the site, while keeping things as simple as possible.

Love it, Love It, Love it!

Great Editor

Posted on 16 July 2011

I have tired all the editors available and this seems to be the cleanest and easiest to use by far which is exactly what I'm looking for

Awesome Editor

Posted on 29 June 2011

I've tried all the popular editors and this one is my favorite by far. Nice clean interface and does everything I want.

Modern JCE

Posted on 22 June 2011

This is the modern JCE editor. This component is highly customizable and a perfect editor. This is truly the perfect modern editor for Joomla.

Flash Now Working!!!

Posted on 02 June 2011

I'm soooo happy that flash is now working in my article! I will now use this editor instead of tinymce! Thank you so much!


Last updated:
Oct 06 2015
Date added:
Nov 18 2014
GPLv2 or later
Free download

This extension does NOT implement the Joomla! Update System

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