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Directus Launches Directus 9 Open Data Platform

Featuring a 100 percent JavaScript codebase, full support for any SQL vendor, and lightning-fast performance.

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Directus, a leading software company democratizing the future of data management, has released Directus 9, an open data platform.. With a new codebase built on Node.js and Vue.js 3, Directus 9 achieves faster performance than previous versions for fast SQL query responses, whether browsing vast data sets in the Directus app or performing deeply nested relational API requests.

Open-source, modular, and extensible, Directus provides increased flexibility with no hard feature ceiling and no vendor lock-in. It installs on top of and mirrors new or existing SQL databases without altering schema or content. This enables database administrators to maintain full control, and their data remains pristine and portable. This makes it easy to ingest, fetch, update, or even create data using the Directus REST+GraphQL API, JavaScript SDK, or even pure SQL.

For Directus 9, the team at Directus refactored the platform to be 100 percent JavaScript with full support for every major SQL vendor to perfectly complement the modern tech stack. Additionally, Directus 9 is the only solution of its kind offered as both a free, on-premises solution as well as a tiered cloud offering. Key features and improvements in Directus 9 include:

  • Database abstraction: Expanded database support to include MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Microsoft SQL Server, CockroachDB, Oracle DB, and variants such as MariaDB, AWS RedShift, and AWS Aurora
  • Lightning-fast performance: 10X I/O speeds and native support for caching via Redis or memory
  • Overhauled permissions: Open-ended, rule-based access control and validation, with customizable filters
  • Directus insights: The ability to pull actionable insights into robust, customizable dashboards with charts and visualization tools alongside content
  • Many-to-any relationships (or page builder): The ability to create relationships that span any number of collections to support any data model type
  • Nestable folders: The ability to organize assets and leverage powerful on-the-fly image resizing and transformations
  • Displays: Decoupled interaction and presentation interfaces, enabling users to manage field values on a details page separate from inline presentation
  • Built-in docs and a tailored API reference: Dynamic references for all collections and field endpoints, along with versioned docs built into the app
  • Auth integrations: Deep SSO integration for OAuth2, OpenID, and LDAP for improved authentication
  • Enhanced developer experience: Data aggregation, advanced relational filtering, data set import/export via JSON or CSV, and more

Directus 9 is delivered as an on-premises solution or managed cloud offering for quickly getting up and running with a demo or blank instance. Directus Cloud will also offer exclusive features and a Community Cloud option.

In development for nearly two decades, the Directus platform powers internal data tools and omnichannel digital experiences for the world's most forward-looking organizations and companies, including Comcast, Stihl, the Canadian Government, and many others.

Directus 9 is available as a premium self-hosted app under its open-source license, or within a fully-managed standard or dedicated enterprise cloud solution. Directus Cloud is the fastest and best way to demo Directus. Visit to learn more.

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