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Open Source Projects

Projects released with an open source license.

  • Akira, #2 - Linux application for UI and UX design.
  • Albert launcher - Keyboard launcher written in C++/Qt.
  • AngouriMath - Computer/symbolic algebra library for .NET.
  • Armory - 3D game engine for Blender.
  • bcachefs - Linux filesystem.
  • Blender - 3D creation suite.
  • BookWyrm, #2 - Social reading and reviewing, decentralized with ActivityPub.
  • Calibre - E-books manager.
  • Compiler Explorer - Online decompiler and compiler explorer.
  • Dekko Project - Ubuntu email client.
  • Deluge - BitTorrent client.
  • DIGImend - Improving Linux support for (non-Wacom) graphics tablets.
  • DokuWiki - Wiki application.
  • Duplicati - Backup client.
  • F-Droid, #2 - An installable catalogue of FOSS applications for the Android platform.
  • Flarum - Forum platform.
  • FreeCAD - Parametric 3D modeler made primarily to design real-life objects of any size.
  • Funkwhale - A free, federated and social music server.
  • GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program.
  • Godot Engine - Complete 3D engine.
  • HaxeFlixel - Cross-platform 2D game engine.
  • Homebrew - Package manager for macOS.
  • Improved Initiative - D&D tabletop role-playing game combat tracker.
  • Invidious - An alternative web front-end to YouTube.
  • iTerm2 - macOS terminal replacement.
  • JabRef - Software for bibliography management
  • JHipster - Open Source application platform for creating Spring Boot + Angular/React/Vue projects in seconds.
  • Kismet, #2 - Kismet wireless tool.
  • Laigter - Automatic normal/specular/occlussion/parallax map generator for 2D game sprites.
  • Latte Dock - Replacement dock for Plasma desktops.
  • LibrePCB - Software to develop printed circuit boards.
  • Lollipop Cloud - Cheap, easy, self-hosted clouds for everyone.
  • Mastodon, #2 - Federated social network server.
  • Matrix, #2 - An open network for secure, decentralized communication.
  • MissKey - Federated microblogging platform.
  • MuseScore - Music notation software.
  • MyPaint - Painting and drawing program that works nicely with pressure-sensitive tablets, and its dynamic brush engine library.
  • NativeScript-Vue - Native mobile applications with NativeScript and Vue.
  • Neovim - Vim-fork focused on extensibility and usability.
  • OctoPrint - Web interface for 3D printers.
  • Olive - High quality video editing and compositing software.
  • Oni - Modal code editor.
  • Open Broadcaster Software, #2 - Video recording and live streaming software.
  • Open Chemistry - Umbrella of multiple open source chemistry projects including Avogadro, cclib, DeepChem, MSDK, Open Babel, RDKit, and 3DMol.js.
  • Open Source BIM Collective - Tools for building information modeling.
  • openage - Real time strategy game engine.
  • OpenFAAS - Serverless platform.
  • OpenRGB - RGB lighting control application.
  • OpenShot - Video editor.
  • Paperwork - Personal document manager.
  • Perkeep - Personal storage system.
  • PHPStan - PHP static analyzer.
  • PHPUnit - PHPUnit and related projects.
  • PixelFed, #2, #3, #4 - Federated image sharing powered by the ActivityPub protocol.
  • Pixelorama - A free & open-source 2D sprite editor, made with the Godot Engine.
  • PlantUML - UML diagram creation software.
  • postActiv - Microblogging platform.
  • Project Lombok - Java editor plugin.
  • Reddit Enhancement Suite - Reddit browser extension.
  • Remmina - Remote desktop client.
  • Secure Scuttlebutt - A distributed and secure peer-to-peer protocol and social network.
  • ShareX Team - Screen capture and screen sharing tool.
  • Synfig - 2D animation software.
  • SysV init - System V init implementation.
  • Termux - Android terminal emulator.
  • The Lounge - Modern web IRC client.
  • Thirty Bees - Ecommerce software.
  • Tiled - A 2D game level editor.
  • Transmission - BitTorrent client.
  • V Programming Language, #2 - Statically typed compiled programming language similar to Go, influenced by Oberon, Rust, Swift.
  • VideoLAN - Maker of the VLC video player.
  • Vim-Go - Go plugin for VIM.
  • Weblate - Localization tool with tight version control integration.
  • Webpack - JavaScript module bundler.
  • Wiki.js, #2, #3 - Wiki platform built with Node.js.
  • WireGuard - Next generation secure network tunnel.
  • Xfce - Desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems.
  • Zig - System programming language which prioritizes robustness, optimality, and clarity.
  • Zrythm - A highly automated and intuitive digital audio workstation.
  • Kitbashery - 3D kitbashing solution & CC0 model library.


Libraries and frameworks.

  • ApexCharts, #2 - JavaScript charts library.
  • Asset-Importer-Lib - Loads 40+ 3D file formats into one unified and clean data structure for game-developers.
  • Babel - JavaScript compiler.
  • Dear ImGui - Immediate Mode Graphical User interface for C++.
  • Hapi.js - Node.js framework.
  • HaxeUI - User interface toolkit.
  • Laravel - PHP framework.
  • LibGDX - Game development framework.
  • MicroG, #2 - A free-as-in-freedom re-implementation of Google's proprietary Android user space apps and libraries.
  • Moleculer - Progressive microservices framework for Node.js.
  • Musl libc - The Musl libc project.
  • OpenFL - Cross-platform application framework.
  • Phalcon - Web framework delivered as a C extension for PHP.
  • stdlib - Standard library for JavaScript and Node.js with an emphasis on scientific computing.
  • Tabulator - JavaScript library for building interactive tables.
  • Vapor, #2 - Server-side Swift framework.
  • Vue.js - Vue.js.
  • Yii framework - PHP framework.
  • Zappa - A server-less Python framework.

Operating Systems

Operating Systems and Linux distributions.


Games and game-related projects.

People Doing Open Source Work

Developers contributing to multiple projects that ask to support their work.

Other kinds of content

Articles, videos, podcasts, etc…

Articles and Tutorials



Open Source Art

Developers creating art projects and contributing to art-related open source tools and libraries.

  • Morevna Project - Various contributions to open source animation tools and animated shorts sources released under CC.
  • ZeMarmot, #2, #3 - 2D animation film project to be released under CC. GIMP contributions from Jehan Pagès, art and direction by Aryeom Han.

Hardware related

Hardware-related projects and makers.


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