Open source software is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance. Unlike other types of software, Open source software authors make its source code available to others. So everyone is able to view that code, copy it, learn from it, alter it, or share it. OpenProject and Orangescrum are examples of open source project management software.
In this roundup, we review several options for open source project management software. Most importantly, we looking for software that can help you to plan, organizing, and managing various project aspects.
Best Open Source Project Management Software
The best open source project management software should provide all basic features that support project management process. Even more so if the software supports agile methods such as Scrum and Kanban. In addition to functionality, the software should be also easy to use. And most importantly, the software provider must provide an easy installation process and the software is cross-platform. Below is the best open source project management software that has been reviewed by our team.
Orangescrum (Our Score: 88/100)
We choose Orangescrum as the best open source project management software because it has powerful tools and easy to implement. Most importantly, It’s suitable for many different projects type. Because of this software allows users to create their own custom workflow as per their own project requirements. Also, the platform provides mobile apps available on Android and IOS.
Orangescrum has cloud, cloud self-hosted & Open Source Enterprise Self-Hosted editions with multiple robust features. Its feature like Gantt chart, Time log, Kanban View, Daily Catch-Up, Recurring Tasks, Project & Task templates, Invoicing, etc. In addition, the feature-rich Android and iOS mobile apps are a huge plus to access anytime, anywhere.
The platform also supports agile methodologies, both scrum and kanban. With Orangescrum, users are able to analyze and get a clear picture of the entire project on what has been done, what needs to be done and what is in progress. So in our opinion, Orangescrum is best used for software development teams, freelancer, or marketing team.
You can install Orangescrum on servers that support PHP, including Windows, Mac, and Linux. Earlier the best-recommended version was PHP 5.6 or PHP 7.2. Most importantly, the Open Source base code is completely free for download and customizable as per users requirement. However, you can top it up with paid add-ons anytime. You can download Orangescrum from their official website.
OrangeScrum has a delightful blend of affordability and features, great resource management, and Easy to use. It’s also easy to install and its on PHP.
A lot of features are still available as premium features/add-ons. Premium features include time tracking, recurring tasks, Gantt charts, project templates, client management, user role management, and more.
OpenProject (Our Score: 86/100)
OpenProject is an open source project management software that has the ability for the comprehensive management of a project. It is a powerful tool designed to record all activities related to corporate projects. Also, to make communication between users available (through comments to tasks, forums, wiki).
This project management software provides all the basic features of project management. Its features including task list table, Gantt Chart view, time tracking, bug tracking, and project financial management. When a project is closed, OpenProject allows you to create closure reports and summarize the main results. In addition, it has some functions related to agile methodologies. It is also worth mentioning that the system has an API enabling easy integration with other software.
In addition, OpenProject provides two types of version control systems (Git and Subversion) which can be used to store relevant data in different projects. It allows you to view the files under Repository. Also, you can change the task statuses with the commit message from the Repository.
As open source project management software, OpenProject offer the packaged installation since November 2014. You can install the software in Linux distributions, such as Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Red Hat, and CentOS. For Windows OS, you might be able to run the Docker image or use the unofficial Windows stack provided by Bitnami.
The user interface is really good, inline editing makes the creation and editing of tasks and other data really fast. OpenProject offers almost all the features required for efficient project management.
OpenProject is not easy-to-use project management software. This software needs to be configured from the first time use before create projects and tasks, especially the User Permissions and Project Members.
Redmine (Our Score: 84/100)
Redmine is a free and open source project management software written using Ruby on Rails framework. This is one of the popular project management software, especially for software development teams. Because of Redmine has complete features to make it easier for you to organize multiple projects at the same time. The most important thing, this open-source software is totally free for use.
For project scheduling, Redmine has a Gantt chart and Calendar. There is also a WIKI to manage project documentation, time tracking, and documents management. In Redmine, tasks are called an issue that can be grouped into several categories, such as feature, bug, issue, idea, etc. And the most important thing for software development teams, they can even see the program code that has been created using the version control system. Currently, Redmine can view the contents of the Subversion (SVN), CVS, Mercurial and Bazaar repositories.
As open-source software, users can modify and adjust Redmine to fit they need to quite some extent. Although users might want to make use of some available Redmine plugins to get even more out of Redmine. For example, Agile plugin for Redmine is definitely a plugin that usually needed by Agile teams. With the Agile plugin, you can create Kanban- or scrum-like boards and charts. So, users can prioritize, assign and track issues efficiently.
Written on Ruby on Rails framework, it features a cross-platform and cross-database solution. You can download the Redmine installation package from their official website.
Redmine is a flexible project management software that can be customized to your needs, easy to use, and allows a fast development to the production cycle.
It can be complicated to use for people with little technical knowledge as well as project management.
ProjectLibre (Our Score: 83/100)
For you, project managers are certainly familiar with the Microsoft Office Project. However, have you ever known about ProjectLibre? If you don’t know it, then we suggest you to start looking at this software. One of the reasons is that this software was developed as an open-source which means that this software is totally free.
ProjectLibre is an open source project management software alternative to Microsoft Project. Therefore, this platform has UI that is quite similar to Microsoft Project to make a transition easier. Its features including Gantt Charts, Network Diagrams, Earned Value Management, WBS / RBS graphics, and Resource histograms. Also, ProjectLibre enables users to import Microsoft Project files. Until this article is written, this platform is compatible with Microsoft Project 2003, 2007, and 2010 files.
Although the software is good for use, ProjectLibre has also some drawbacks. For example, ProjectLibre can take some time to load when the project sizes are larger. Therefore, some users said that ProjectLibre is just suitable for manage small project. However, this drawbacks is understandable considering this is free software.
ProjectLibre has been downloaded over 3,000,000 times in 200 countries. It is a desktop project management software written using Java technology. So you can simply open them on Linux, Mac OS, or Windows. You can download the ProjectLibre installation package on SourceForge.
The main advantage of ProjectLibre is that the software has similar functions and features as a paid for MS Project software. It is fully compatible with import, export, and opening of Microsoft Project files. The most important thing, this software is totally free.
ProjectLibre can take some time to load when the project sizes are larger. The user interface looks a little old and is not as modern as MS Project.
Taiga (Our Score: 80/100)
Taiga is a free and open source project management software which is designed for developers and designers. Its frontend is written in AngularJS and CoffeeScript. While the backend is written in Django and Python. Furthermore, like OpenProject and Orangescrum, Taiga also offers cloud and on-premises edition.
This platform provides the basic elements of the Scrum and Kanban frameworks, such as project backlogs, sprints, epics, stories. Also, it offers any other management such as issues management, integration with communication platform (Including Slack and Hipchat), integration with code repositories, and Wiki for project documentation.
However, unlike OpenProject, Orangescrum, and Redmine, Taiga doesn’t provide features to customize workflow. So, in our opinion, this platform is not suitable for complex projects. Also, Taiga is may not suitable for developers with hourly rates. As we know, the billable hours need time spent records in the project. Unfortunately, Taiga doesn’t have it.
Taiga is released in October 2014 under GNU Affero General Public License. It’s available on GitHub and can be installed on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.
Support Agile project management and integration in code repositories like GitHub and GitLab. This platform has a really nice user interface and easy to use with drag and drop functionality.
MyCollab (Our Score: 80/100)
MyCollab is an open source Project Management Software that can be deployed either in the cloud or on-premises. It helps you manage tasks, documents, and customers all in one place. Another good thing is that the platform is used very well in both traditional project management or Agile methodologies. MyCollab allows you to create sprint planning or manage issues using Kanban view.
Generally, MyCollab provides three collaboration modules including project management tools, customer relationship management (CRM), and document creation and editing software. The free open source edition doesn’t have a cloud option, CRM tools, and document management. However, the free edition still provides essential project management features, including tasks management, issues management, activity stream, roadmap view, and a Kanban board for agile teams.
MyCollab is one of agile project management software that provides almost all features required to implement Scrum and Kanban methodologies. It’s best used for software development teams but not flexible for ticket’s statuses or workflows customization.
As open source project management software, MyCollab is available for download for Windows, Linux, Unix, and MacOS. In addition, the source code is available on GitHub. It is licensed under AGPLv3 and requires a Java runtime and MySQL stack to operate.
MyCollab offers almost all the features required for efficient project management. It is suitable for businesses of any size and industry. Especially for software development teams.
A lot of features are still available only on Paid versions. As mentioned in our review, there are some bugs that I found until this article is written. Also, the platform has no features to customize the ticket statuses and workflows.
For software developer teams, we recommended OpenProject, Redmine, or Taiga. However, if you have large team members or manage a complex project, Redmine or OpenProject is the best choice for you. For any other teams who have a complex Project, Orangescrum is may be the best choice for you.
Meanwhile, for anybody learning how to use project management software for managing personal projects or other uses, starting with ProjectLibre is an excellent choice. Also, if you are familiar with Microsoft Project and looking for a similar product with a lower price or even free, ProjectLibre is a good alternative for you.