This library provides everything needed to create custom H5P servers running on NodeJS. It is written in TypeScript and fully typed, which makes it much easier to work with than the official PHP server. Of course, it's also possible to use this library in projects with JavaScript (ES5) and you will still profit from the typings by getting code completion in your IDE.

Even though the repository includes a sample demo project that demonstrates its functionality, it's still your job to integrate this library into your own NodeJS server. This is called an "implementation" or "plugin" in H5P terminology. The implementation is responsible for exposing HTTP endpoints, persisting data and calling maintenance functions. This library is not an out-of-the-box solution to get a standalone H5P server.

Check out the GitBook documentation for details on how to use this library.

Please note that even if most functionality of H5P works, there are parts which haven't been implemented yet or which might be faulty. This is particularly true for security concerns. For a more comprehensive list of what works and what doesn't, check out the documentation page on the current status of the project. The interfaces have reached some level of stability, but might still change in future major releases.


The main Git repository is a monorepo that contains several packages, which can be installed through NPM. The packages are meant to be combined

Package nameFunctionalityused in


the core package to run H5P in NodeJS



routes and controllers for Express



native web components to display the H5P player and editor in the browser



React components with the same functionality as the native web components



storage classes for MongoDB and S3



storage class for locks with Redis



an optional component that can create bundled HTML files for exporting



There are two example implementations that illustrate how the packages can be used:

Example typeTech stackLocation


server: Express with JS template rendering client: static HTML, some React for library management


server: Express with REST endpoints client: React

/packages/h5p-rest-example-server /packages/h5p-rest-example-client

Trying out the demo

Make sure you have git, node ≥ 10.16 , and npm installed. If you use Windows, you must use bash (comes with Git for windows) as a command shell (otherwise scripts won't run).

  1. Clone the repository with git

  2. npm install

  3. npm start

You can then open the URL http://localhost:8080 in any browser.


Lumi tries to improve education wherever it is possible by providing a software that connects teachers with their students. Every help is appreciated and welcome. Feel free to create pull requests. Check out the documentation pages for developers to get started.

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This project is licensed under the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE v3 License - see the LICENSE file for details


This work obtained financial support for development from the German BMBF-sponsored research project "CARO - Care Reflection Online" (FKN: 01PD15012).

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