8 Best Open Source Project Hosting Sites

Flan-icon If you are a developer and want to start an open source project, here is a list for you. You can find the sites simple and good for beginner such as Google Code, Github etc, and of course the most known like SF, many version-control-systems, a shell-server, statistics and much more features supported. Anyway, I don’t think there’s a single “best” site, but I think you can find the better for you in this list. Enjoy!

1, SourceForge

Sourceforge should be the most used and most known open code hosting site. It hosts over 260,000 projects, connects more than 46 million consumers with these open source projects and serves more than 2,000,000 downloads a day!



2, Google Code

Google offers simple, fast, reliable, scalable and free hosting for open source projects to encourage healthy, productive open source communities. Google thinks developers can always benefit from more choices in project hosting.

It offers 2 gigabyte of storage space and download hosting support with 2 gigabytes of storage space, integrated code review tools, a wiki, and an issue tracker.



3, GitHub

GitHub is a web-based hosting service for software development projects that use the Git revision control system, which developed by Chris Wanstrath, PJ Hyett, and Tom Preston-Werner. Developers can hosts therir public and private projects on GitHub. GitHub was launched in February 2008, 760,589 people hosting over 2,125,358 git repositories now.



4, CodePlex

Microsoft is hosting the CodePlex site solely as a web storage site as a service to the developer community. It allows shared development of open source software. Source control based on Mercurial, Subversion or Team Foundation Server.



5, Eclipse Labs

Eclipse Labs is a community of open source projects that build technology based on the Eclipse platform(Note that these are not official Eclipse Foundation projects). It provides the infrastructure services typically required by open source projects, such as code repositories, bug tracking, project web sites/wiki. In fact, Eclipse Labs is hosted by Google Code Project Hosting too.

Eclipse Labs


6, BitBucket

Like GitHub, BitBucket hosts both public and private projects, 5 users free plan for private projects and unlimited for public. Over 138,000 users hosting their projects there.



7, RubyForge

RubyForge is a home for open source Ruby projects.It currently serves as a home to more than 9,200 projects with nearly 90,000 users.



8, Java.net

Java.net Originally founded by Sun Microsystems(Oracle now), it hosts or links to a large number of Java-related projects, and many other resources for the Java community.


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4 Responses to “8 Best Open Source Project Hosting Sites”

  1. I use SF, but it seems bitbucket is very good one. thank you for sharing this.

  2. Really kind of surprised to see you not mention RIAForge.org, especially since you work with Flash and Flex. :)

  3. WebHoster says:

    Wow.. great article. thanks a lot for sharing

  4. Daniel says:

    Great list, but it’s missing one glaring omission: gitorious.org.

    I stumbled across Gitorious when I went looking for a more up-to-date log4qt. It’s sort of similar to Github, but probably not quite as big.

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