CMS-only mode compatibility

Current version: 9.3

CMS-only mode lets you to run Sitecore without enabling the Experience Database (xDB) or purchasing xDB licenses.

In CMS-only mode, any functionality that depends on data collection will be unavailable and a number of applications will not run.

CMS-only mode

In CMS-only mode, the Sitecore XP applications and functionality are classified as:

  • Fully compatible

  • Compatible with limited functionality

  • Incompatible

Fully compatible

The following features will run in CMS-only mode without any changes:

  • Content editing in the Experience Editor

  • Device detection

  • IP Geolocation detection

  • Commerce Connect

Compatible with limited functionality

The following features will run in CMS-only mode with limitations:

  • Campaign Creator – runs without analytics functionality.

  • Personalization – in-session personalization works, while personalization based on historical data is unavailable.

  • Sitecore Forms – runs without analytics functionality.


The following features are incompatible with CMS-only mode:

  • Content testing

  • Email Experience Manager

  • Experience Analytics

  • Experience Explorer

  • Experience Profile

  • Federated Experience Manager

  • List Manager

  • Path Analyzer

  • Segmentation

  • Marketing Automation

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