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.
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. In addition to its powerful tools, this platform is also easy to implement.
Orangescrum has cloud, cloud self-hosted & Open Source Enterprise Self-Hosted editions with multiple robust features. Its features including Gantt chart, Time log, Kanban View, Daily Catch-Up, Recurring Tasks, Project & Task templates, Invoicing, etc.
Most importantly, it’s suitable for many different project types. Because of this software allows users to create their own custom workflow as per their own project requirements.
With this platform, users are able to analyze and get a clear picture of the entire project. In addition, the feature-rich Android and iOS mobile apps are a huge plus to access anytime, anywhere.
The Open Source base code is completely free for download from their official website. However, you can top it up with paid add-ons anytime. You can install Orangescrum on servers that support PHP. Earlier the best-recommended version was PHP 5.6 or PHP 7.2.
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.
This software provides all the basic features of project management. Its features including task list table, Gantt Chart, 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, there is also an open API enabling easy integration with other software.
For software developer teams, OpenProject provides two types of version control systems (Git and Subversion). It allows you to view the files under Repository. Also, you can change the task statuses with the commit message from the Repository.
You can install the OpenProject in Linux distributions. For Windows OS, you might be able to run the Docker image or use the unofficial Windows stack provided by Bitnami.
OpenProject offers almost all the features required for efficient project management. Also, the user interface is really good. Inline editing makes the creation and editing of tasks and other data really fast.
In our experience, OpenProject is not simple enough to use. You need to configure this software from the first time use before create projects and tasks. Especially the configuration of 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 platform has complete features to make it easier for you to organize multiple projects at the same time.
In Redmine, tasks are called an issue that can be grouped into several categories. In addition, Redmine has a Gantt Chart and calendar for project scheduling. There is also a WIKI to manage project documentation, time tracking, and documents management.
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. Also, this software is 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 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.
As an alternative to Microsoft Project, 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.
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. Also, it is fully compatible with import, export, and opening of Microsoft Project files. The most important thing, this software is totally free.
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. In addition, 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 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. Its features such as project backlogs, sprints, epics, and stories. In addition, Taiga offers any other management tools such as: issues management, integration with communication platform and 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. Because 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. The source code of Taiga is 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. In addition, 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.
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.
The main advantage of MyCollab is that the platform is used very well in both traditional project management or Agile models. It allows you to create sprint planning or manage issues using Kanban view.
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. But unfortunately, there are some bugs that I found until this article is written. In addition, 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, ProjectLibre is a good alternative for you.
Additional Open Source Project Management Software
In addition to the five software that we reviewed above, there are still many other open source project management software out there. So we summarize some of them to help you find what you need.
Open Source Project Management Software for Windows
Except for OpenProject, all the software mentioned above is compatible with Windows OS. In addition, there are many other open-source project management software that can be run on Windows OS. Below are some of them that we have ever tried:
Open Source Project Management Software Written in PHP
PHP is widely used for applications as it is compatible with all operating systems and supports all popular databases. In addition, PHP is 100% remotely configurable, perfect for web programming & provide higher performance and speed.
That’s why some people look for open source software written using PHP. So in this article, we summarize some of them. Below are several options of open-source project management software which is written using PHP.