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NOTE: TinyMCE 5 reached End of Support in April 2023. No more bug fixes, security updates, or new features will be introduced to TinyMCE 5. We recommend you upgrade to TinyMCE 6 or consider TinyMCE 5 Long Term Support (LTS) if you need more time.

Quick start

Get an instance of TinyMCE 5 up and running using the Tiny Cloud.

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TinyMCE 5 is a powerful and flexible rich text editor that can be embedded in web applications. This quick start covers how to add a TinyMCE editor to a web page using the Tiny Cloud.

Step 1: Include the TinyMCE script

Include the following line of code in the <head> of a HTML page.

<script src="" referrerpolicy="origin"></script>

Step 2: Initialize TinyMCE as part of a web form

Initialize TinyMCE 5 on any element (or elements) on the web page by passing an object containing a selector value to tinymce.init(). The selector value can be any valid CSS selector.

For example: To replace <textarea id="mytextarea"> with a TinyMCE 5 editor instance, pass the selector '#mytextarea' to tinymce.init().

For example:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">

    <script src="" referrerpolicy="origin"></script>

        selector: '#mytextarea'


  <h1>TinyMCE Quick Start Guide</h1>
    <form method="post">
      <textarea id="mytextarea">Hello, World!</textarea>

Adding this content to a HTML file and opening it in a web browser will load a TinyMCE editor, such as:

Step 3: Add your API key

To remove the notice:

warning iconThis domain is not registered with Tiny Cloud. Please see the quick start guide or create an account.

Replace no-api-key in the source script (<script src=...) with a Tiny Cloud API key, which is created when signing up to the Tiny Cloud.

Signing up for a Tiny Cloud API key will also provide a trial of the Premium Plugins.

Step 4: Save the content with a form POST

Process the content with a form handler.

When the <form> is submitted, TinyMCE 5 will POST the content in the same way as a normal HTML <textarea>, including the HTML elements and inline CSS of the editor content. The host’s form handler can process the submitted content in the same way as content from a regular <textarea>.

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