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Top 12 open source project management web-based tools

Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources to achieve specific goals. A project is a temporary endeavor with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverables), undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value. The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast with business as usual (or operations), which are repetitive, permanent, or semi-permanent functional activities to produce products or services. In practice, the management of these two systems is often quite different, and as such requires the development of distinct technical skills and management strategies.1

This is a list of best open source project management web-based tools:

Feng Office

feng-officeFeng Office is a Web-based Software that integrates Project Management, Client Relationship Management, Billing, Financing, among other features that help you efficiently run your Professional Services Business. Feng Office allows businesses to manage project tasks, billing, documents, communication with co-workers, customers and vendors, schedule meetings and events, and share every kind of electronic information. All features are easily accessible within a single Web page. Accessing an integrated view, business managers and directors can get a clear picture on the status of projects and customer services, assisting them on the decision making processes.

Website http://fengoffice.com/web/opensource/


clockingitClockingIT is a open source time tracking tool, keeping track of all your tasks and the time you spend on them. Plan your projects, see your schedule, know if you’re slipping behind and why. Time Tracking and extensive reports help you show your clients exactly what you’ve done and for how long. Available in english, french, spanish, basque, italian, german, dutch, polish, hebrew, brazilian, portuguese, swedish, danish, norwegian, finnish.

Website http://www.clockingit.com/


collabtiveCollabtive is web-based project management software. The project was started in November 2007. It is Open Source software and provides an alternative to proprietary tools like Basecamp. Collabtive is written in PHP and JavaScript.

Website http://sourceforge.net/projects/collabtive/


XplannerXPlanner+ is an open source project management and bug tracking tool for agile teams written on Java. Xplanner+ is based on XPlanner, and has new and improved features, such as: fancy design, email notifications for tasks, redraw charts button, drag and drop stories.

Website http://xplanner-plus.sourceforge.net/index.html


phprojectPHProjekt is a web-based, open source project management software that helps you with planning and running your projects. PHProjekt is an application suite that supports communication and management of teams and companies. It includes a group calendar, project management, a request tracker and 12 other modules in 26 languages.

Website http://phprojekt.com/


libreplanLibrePlan is open source web project management tool for project planning, monitoring and control. LibrePlan is a collaborative tool to plan, monitor and control projects and has a rich web interface which provides a desktop alike user experience. All the team members can take part in the planning and this makes possible to have a real-time planning . LibrePlan is open source and you can download, install and customize it for free.

Website http://www.libreplan.com/


Retrospectiva - project management toolRetrospectiva is an open source, web-based, bug-tracking and project management tool. It is intended to assist the collaborative aspect of work carried out by software development teams through the use of blogs, a wiki and tickets.

Website http://retrospectiva.org/

Open Atrium

open atriumOpen Atrium is an open source platform designed specifically to make great teams communicate better. An intranet in a box with: a blog, a wiki, a calendar, a to do list, a shoutbox, and a dashboard to manage it all. Let’s not forget that it’s also completely customizable. Open Atrium is a part of a growing open source offering helping commercial companies, international organizations, federal governments, and online publishers grow their enterprise platforms with excellent team communications tools. Open Atrium is powered by an active community, and it’s working. Open Atrium is now being translated into more than twenty languages and several hundred people are growing its base of features. Together we are developing the most advanced knowledge management tools for team collaboration.

Website http://openatrium.com/


agilefantAgilefant is an electronic, web based backlog management tool which brings together the perspectives of long-term planning, project portfolio management and daily work. Its aim is to be as simple as possible but still scale from a single team working with its product and iteration backlogs to managing large-scale multi-team development. Agilefant is the leading open source tool today.

Website http://www.agilefant.org/


redmine_logo_v1Redmine is a flexible project management web application. Written using the Ruby on Rails framework, it is cross-platform and cross-database.

Website http://www.redmine.org/


project pierProjectPier is an open source community aimed at developing simple, powerful and intuitive software for web-based project management and group collaboration. ProjectPier gives you a flexible system for managing projects involving multiple organizations by providing a central place for all project activity and information while integrating with users’ existing tools and workflow – all completely FREE. Thousands of people all over the world, from study groups organizing a school project to large universities managing hundreds of international research projects, are using our software to get a grip on their project’s tasks, communication, files and more!

Website http://www.projectpier.org/

Project HQ

Project HQ is a collaborative open source project management tool, similar to Basecamp and activeCollab. Project HQ is built on open source technologies like Python, Pylons and SQLAlchemy and is fully database independent. Project HQ uses a structured workflow to assist you in managing your projects.
Project HQ aims to be a buzz word compliant application, making use of Web 2.0 design and technologies like AJAX. Project HQ attempts to use AJAX in appropriate places, to help the user work efficiently, rather than simply providing flash and getting in the way of usability.

Website http://sourceforge.net/projects/openpm-org/

1. Project management, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Project_management&oldid=534999679 (last visited Jan. 31, 2013).

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  • Dora Rosenstein

    I would like to suggest one more software in addition to this list i.e proofhub (www.proofhub.com) though it is not a open source project management software but my opinion is that it is the fastest and easiest project management software I have ever used. I love this software.

    • Aaron Butler

      Thanks dora for telling me about such an awesome tool. Very easy to use.

  • Josh Joe

    100% free i think this would be a good one..


  • Jimmy

    I recommend you to enlarge the list by fitting proofhub.com in it because it has all the desired features and also costs less.

  • Shenoi

    According to me, Cloud-based applications are far more better than open-source tools. A lot of software is moving to the cloud these days and there are some good reasons for it. All of your information is in once place, you can access it from anywhere if you have an internet connection.

    I’ve tried Harvest at some point but decided against it because it is too expensive for me. Then, I’ve started using trial verison of Replicon ( http://www.replicon.com/olp/online-time-recording-software.aspx ) and so far I liked it. It gives us enough time to evaluate the product and to see whether we can make it work for me. If it does good, I’m sure to sign in for the premium plan immediately

  • MM

    One of the smart Project/Issue tracker (www.eworkplaceapps.com) software that provide easy to manage issues, task.

    Open source web based application.

    Can manage multiple projects.

    Excellent way to manage permissions

    Email Notifications.

    Issue Capture.

    Good Issue Management.

    Easy navigation and Easy to administration.

  • Domenico Giordano

    Try MyT ( http://www.manageyourteam.net ) a new web based Project Management tool released 3 days ago, in version 1.0.0.

  • nilanjibamstech

    where is Basecamp ? :)