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URL or
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Collaborative revision control and software development management system
Registration Optional (required for creating and joining projects)
Owner Geeknet (Formerly VA Software and SourceForge, Inc.)
Created by VA Software
Launched November 1999
Alexa rank 158 (January 2010)[1]
Current status Active

SourceForge is a web-based source code repository. It acts as a centralized location for software developers to control and manage open source software development. The website is operated by Geeknet[2] and runs a version of SourceForge Enterprise Edition, forked from the last open-source version available. As of February 2009, the SourceForge repository hosts more than 230,000 projects and has more than 2 million registered users,[3] although not all are active. The domain attracted at least 33 million visitors by August 2009 according to a survey.[4]

SourceForge offers free access to hosting and tools for developers of free / open source software, competing with other providers such as RubyForge,, BountySource, Launchpad, BerliOS, JavaForge and GNU Savannah.



Project developers have access to centralized storage and tools for managing projects, although it is best known for providing revision control systems such as CVS, SVN, Bazaar, Git or Mercurial.[5] Major features (amongst others) include project wikis, metrics and analysis, access to a MySQL database, and unique sub-domain URLs (such as

The vast number of users at (over 2,000,000 as of 2009 [6]) exposes prominent projects to a variety of developers, and can create a positive feedback loop. As a project's activity rises,'s internal ranking system makes it more visible to other developers who may join and contribute to it. Given that many open source projects fail due to lack of developer support, exposure to such a large community of developers can continually breathe new life into a project.

Developers must agree to grant a perpetual license before they can host code on its servers.[7] uses Trove Categorization for its projects.

Temporary bans in China

The entire website was banned in China around 2002,[8] though the ban was later lifted in 2003.[citation needed] was again blocked for about a month (June 26, 2008 – July 24, 2008).[9][10][11] The Moonlight Blog suggests this might be related to the "Boycott Beijing 2008" banner placed on Notepad++'s homepage.[9]

Banned countries and controversy

In its terms of use[12], SourceForge states that its services are not available to users in countries on the sanction list of the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (including Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria). Since 2008, access to the secure server (used for making contributions to the site) was blocked for people from those countries. As of January 2010, all access including downloads is blocked for those users. This means that all people whose IP addresses appear to belong to those countries are prevented from using the site.[13]

These restrictions have drawn criticism as being counter to the free software movement and the principles of making software available to all without discrimination.[14]

Suit by SPPF

Société civile des Producteurs de Phonogrammes en France is an umbrella group for a variety of organizations in France. In November, 2008, SPPF initiated a suit against, Vuze, Limewire, and Morpheus for hosting P2P file-sharing application Shareaza that "facilitates mass copyright infringement". [15]. SourceForge is not sued for hosting copyrighted material itself.

See also


  1. ^ " - Site Information from Alexa". Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  2. ^ Formerly VA Software, who re-named itself after SourceForge before re-branding to GeekNet in 2009
  3. ^ "What is". Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  4. ^ Sourceforge attracts almost 40m visitors yearly
  5. ^
  6. ^ "What is". 
  7. ^ "Terms and Conditions of Use". SourceForge, Inc.. 2000-05-13. Retrieved 2008-05-13. "By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through, you grant company a worldwide, non-exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, fully sublicensable, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, create derivative works from, publish, perform, display, rent, resell and distribute such Content (in whole or part) on and incorporate Content in other works, in any form, media, or technology developed by company, though company is not required to incorporate Feedback into any company products or services. Company reserves the right to syndicate Content submitted, posted or displayed by you on or through and use that Content in connection with any service offered by company." 
  8. ^ "China says asta la vista to Altavista". 2002-09-06. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  9. ^ a b SourceForge Blocked In China. Moonlight Blog. June 26, 2008.
  10. ^ SourceForge Unblocked in China. Moonlight Blog. July 24, 2008.
  11. ^
  12. ^ terms of use
  13. ^ Sourceforge blog clarification for denial of access
  14. ^ Blog entry discussing country-wide blocks
  15. ^ Record Labels to Sue Vuze, Limewire and SourceForge

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