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Web address
Type of site Software
Registration Optional
Available in English only
Owner Dice Holdings, Inc.
Created by Patrick Lenz (scoop)

Freecode, formerly Freshmeat, was a website owned by Dice Holdings that helps people find software and keep track of the latest releases/updates. The site also hosts user reviews and discussions among other things. A majority of the software covered is open source for Unix-like systems, although Freecode also covers releases of closed-source, commercial and cross-platform software [1] on Mac OS X and handhelds. Freecode is notable for its age, having started in 1998 as the first web-based aggregator of software releases.[2]

The site was renamed from "Freshmeat" to "Freecode" on October 29, 2011.[3]

In September 2012, Dice Holdings acquired the website from Geeknet.[4]

The site has been moved to a static state effective June 18, 2014 due to low traffic levels. The site contents have been retained in this static state as a continued path to access the linked software, much of which is on self-hosted servers and would be difficult to find otherwise.[5]

After Eric S. Raymond called[6] for a replacement[7] was created and is accepting submissions.


Programmers register their projects and inform the site about updates; users browse for software and download and (sometimes) rate or comment on the software. Software is categorized by field of application, license, development status, environment, intended audience, type of use, supported operating systems, and used programming and available natural languages. There is an NNTP server for Usenet-like access and complex search queries can be saved, and new or updated entries that match the query can be sent as daily e-mail notifications.


Freecode offers a news ticker stream, a daily newsletter, articles on Unix software-related topics and an IRC channel.

Freecode's entire database of software releases is freely available as a download, for such purposes as having a local database copy.

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  1. ^ "About" (in English). 2011-10-24. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ What's in a name?
  4. ^ Timothy Lord (2012-09-18). "Dice Buys Geeknet's Media Business, Including Slashdot, In $20M Deal". Retrieved 2012-09-18.  "Press release". 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  5. ^ "About Freecode" (in English). 2014-06-19. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "FreshCode" (in English). 2014-07-13. 

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