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CodePlex homepage
CodePlex homepage
Type of site Community / project hosting
Registration Optional
Available language(s) English
Owner Microsoft
Launched May 2006
Current status Online

CodePlex is an open source project hosting website from Microsoft. It allows shared development of open source software. Its features include wiki pages, source control based on Team Foundation Server but accessible using Subversion, discussion forums, issue tracking, project tagging, RSS support, statistics, and releases.

While Codeplex encompasses a wide variety of projects, including SQL, WPF and Windows Forms-related projects, major activities center around the .NET framework, including ASP.NET, and Microsoft's intranet collaboration server, SharePoint. The most prominent and used project that was born inside CodePlex, the AJAX Control Toolkit is a joint project between the community and Microsoft.



The initial beta launched in May 2006, with the official release a month later in June. A new version of the website is released every three weeks adding additional features and updates. It has accumulated 13,022 projects as of January 2, 2010.


Some of the available licenses are not open source licenses according to the Free Software Foundation or the Open Source Initiative[1]. In his article Lest Codeplex Perplex[2], Richard Stallman, the President of Free Software Foundation, expresses suspicion of the CodePlex Foundation. In his article The CodePlex Foundation: First Impressions (and Recommendations)[3], Andrew Updegrove, discusses aspects of the CodePlex structure that might limit effective community contributions.

See also


  1. ^ Microsoft taints open source CodePlex well - By Gavin Clarke in San Francisco (3rd October 2008) The Register
  2. ^ Lest Codeplex Perplex - an article by Richard Stallman
  3. ^ The CodePlex Foundation: First Impressions (and Recommendations) an article by Andrew Updegrove

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