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Bucket CMS

Maybe you don’t need a big cloud CMS...

How about a Bucket?

Bucket CMS is the world’s first Portable Drop-in AI-Enabled Headless CMS designed for Next.js (no database necessary)

Drop Bucket CMS into your Next.js App

On-the-fly data schema. Type-safe validation with Zod. Automatically generated documentation. Build components with AI. Streamlined development. Portable and performant.

The Portable Drop-In Headless CMS

No Database. No Problem.

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Headless for Next.js

Headless CMS designed specifically for Next.js projects

S3 All Things

Use your S3 account for storing structured JSON content with version control, security, performance, portability and scalability

Drop-In and Go

Install with a single command, set your env keys and deploy to start managing your content with built-in API routes and admin interface

Own Your Admin

Stop sending admin off platform and eliminate recurring cloud service fees

Build with AI

Integrate with Open AI to build and design your own custom component code

On-The-Fly Data Schema

Build your forms then Bucket CMS will generate your data schema

Type-Safe Validation

Combines the speed and simplicity of flat files with the data integrity with Zod

Auto-Generated Docs

Streamline development for developers with automatically generated documentation.

Auth Integration

Configure behind your own authentication provider and control who can view or change data.

Perfect for...

What our customers say

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Case Study

Content Freedom: A Bucket CMS Success Story

The transformative portability of Bucket CMS sets a new standard, enabling effortless setup without the need for a database.

Creative Horizons Ltd
Design / UX, Frontend, Infra
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The journey with Bucket CMS has been exhilarating, and the success, tangible.


At Creative Horizons Ltd., we have always strived to stay at the forefront of digital innovation. Our quest for a robust, yet flexible content management system led us to explore the promising realm of headless CMS. This is when we stumbled upon Bucket CMS—a portable drop-in headless CMS designed for Next.js, requiring no database setup. Intrigued and hopeful, we decided to transition our content management operations to Bucket CMS, and the results were nothing short of transformative.

Ease of Setup

The initial setup of Bucket CMS was a breeze. With no database necessary, we eradicated the usual setup hurdles, accelerating our transition phase significantly. The documentation provided was clear, comprehensive, and enabled our team to get the CMS up and running in no time.


The portability of Bucket CMS was a game-changer for us. It seamlessly integrated with our existing Next.js framework, allowing us to manage and deploy content across various platforms effortlessly. This portability unleashed a new level of flexibility, helping us to meet the diverse content management needs of our projects with ease.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bucket CMS?
Bucket CMS is a content management system designed to simplify content management for developers and content creators, utilizing a flat file system on Amazon S3 specifically for Next.js sites. This setup eliminates the need for complex server setups and databases, making content retrieval faster and ensuring consistent delivery speeds.
What are Collections in Bucket CMS?
Collections in Bucket CMS are sets of related Items, similar to a table in a database. Each Collection has a defined schema determined by Fields added by the admin user. Examples of collections include Case Studies, Team Members, FAQs, Product Listings, Job Postings, Customer Testimonials, or Portfolio Work Samples.
How are Fields used in Bucket CMS?
Fields are foundational elements that define the structure and data type within a Collection, similar to columns in a database table. They dictate what kind of data an Item within a Collection can hold. Common field types include Text, RichText, Number, Date, Image, and Selection.
How are Items managed in Bucket CMS?
Items represent individual content entries within a Collection. Within the Admin Interface, users can manage individual Items and their associated static assets by selecting a specific Collection and using the Add Item or Upload Asset options. Items are validated against the Collection's schema before being saved to ensure data integrity and type safety.
What is the significance of Amazon S3 in Bucket CMS?
Amazon S3 is used as a flat file system for storing all content in Bucket CMS. It simplifies the traditional CMS architecture, eliminates the need for databases, and facilitates faster content retrieval. S3’s scalability, security features, and global reach enhance the performance and security of Bucket CMS.
How is data fetched from Bucket CMS?
Data in Bucket CMS can be fetched through three primary approaches: Server-Side Node Functions, Client-Side API Routes, and Loading from S3 URL. These methods integrate with the AWS SDK and Next.js utilities for server-side and client-side operations, allowing flexible data retrieval based on the application’s architecture and use cases.
How does Bucket CMS ensure data integrity?
Data integrity in Bucket CMS is ensured through schema validation using the zod library. Each Item undergoes validation against its Collection's schema before being saved, ensuring that the data entered matches the expected type and structure, thereby minimizing the risk of errors or data inconsistencies.
How are assets managed in Bucket CMS?
Assets like images or documents can be associated with Items in Bucket CMS. Users can select the Upload Asset option and confirm the desired file for upload. The asset is then stored in the S3 bucket and linked appropriately. The interface also offers options to edit or delete existing Items and their related assets.
How does versioning work in Bucket CMS?
With built-in versioning in Amazon S3, all changes in Bucket CMS are tracked, providing a mechanism for data recovery if needed. This feature allows for tracking revisions and reverting to previous versions of content, which can be crucial in managing updates and maintaining data integrity.
Can I migrate my data from Bucket CMS to another system?
Yes, since all data in Bucket CMS is saved directly to your Amazon S3 bucket, you have full freedom to access, modify, and manage your content. This means you can back up, migrate, or manipulate your data as you see fit, regardless of the platform you choose to move to in the future.
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Break Free from the Cloud and Own Your Data

With Bucket CMS, the admin experience lives in your project, not in the cloud. No monthly fees. All of your data gets stored securely on your own S3 bucket as structured data.

Integrate Bucket CMS
into your Next.js project with a single command

Our CLI tool automates the setup process, providing you with intelligent default settings tailored to your project.