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What is Backstage?


Backstage is an open source framework for building developer portals. Powered by a centralized software catalog, Backstage restores order to your microservices and infrastructure and enables your product teams to ship high-quality code quickly — without compromising autonomy.

Backstage unifies all your infrastructure tooling, services, and documentation to create a streamlined development environment from end to end.

Out of the box, Backstage includes:

  • Backstage Software Catalog for managing all your software (microservices, libraries, data pipelines, websites, ML models, etc.)

  • Backstage Software Templates for quickly spinning up new projects and standardizing your tooling with your organization’s best practices

  • Backstage TechDocs for making it easy to create, maintain, find, and use technical documentation, using a "docs like code" approach

  • Plus, a growing ecosystem of open source plugins that further expand Backstage’s customizability and functionality

Backstage and the CNCF

Backstage is a CNCF Incubation project after graduating from Sandbox. Read the announcement here.

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  • For engineering managers, it allows you to maintain standards and best practices across the organization, and can help you manage your whole tech ecosystem, from migrations to test certification.

  • For end users (developers), it makes it fast and simple to build software components in a standardized way, and it provides a central place to manage all projects and documentation.

  • For platform engineers, it enables extensibility and scalability by letting you easily integrate new tools and services (via plugins), as well as extending the functionality of existing ones.

  • For everyone, it’s a single, consistent experience that ties all your infrastructure tooling, resources, standards, owners, contributors, and administrators together in one place.

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