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Freecode logo.png
Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Registration Optional
Available in English only
Owner Dice Holdings, Inc.
Created by Patrick Lenz (scoop)
Current status Unmaintained archive

Freecode, formerly Freshmeat, is a now-defunct website owned by Dice Holdings. It helped people find software and keep track of the latest releases and updates. Among other things, the site also hosted user reviews and discussions. A majority of the software covered is open source for Unix-like systems, although Freecode also covered releases of closed-source, commercial and cross-platform software[1] on Mac OS X and handhelds. Freecode was notable for its age, having started in 1997[2][3] as the first web-based aggregator of software releases.[citation needed]

The site was renamed from "Freshmeat" to "Freecode" on October 29, 2011,[1] and in September 2012, Dice Holdings acquired the website from Geeknet.[4][5]

Purportedly as a result of low traffic levels, the site is no longer being updated as of June 18, 2014. Because many of the linked software projects are otherwise difficult to find, the site contents have been kept online.[3][6] After Open Source Initiative co-founder Eric S. Raymond called for a replacement,[7] was created and is accepting submissions.[8] However, Open Hub also lists open source projects and already offers more information on projects than Freecode.


Prior to Freecode's archival, programmers registered their projects with the site, and submitted information about updates. Software was categorized by field of application, license, development status, environment, intended audience, type of use, supported operating systems, programming languages used, and available natural languages.

Users could browse for software and downloads, and were able to rate or comment on the software. An NNTP server allowed Usenet-like access; complex search queries could be saved, with new or updated entries matching the query sent as daily e-mail notifications. Freecode also offered a news ticker stream, a daily newsletter, articles on Unix software-related topics and an IRC channel.

The entire database of software releases was freely available as a download.

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  1. ^ a b "About Freecode". 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  2. ^ "What's in a name?". 2011-10-29. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  3. ^ a b ", 1997-2014". 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  4. ^ "Dice Holdings buys Geeknet websites for $20M". 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  5. ^ "Slashdot, SourceForge, FreeCode sold to jobs site company". 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  6. ^ "About Freecode". 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  7. ^ "Replacing freecode: a proposal". 2014-06-21. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  8. ^ " wants to replace Freecode". 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 

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