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BerliOS logo.png
Type of site
Collaborative revision control and software development management system
OwnerFraunhofer Society
Created byFOKUS
Alexa rankDecrease 2,106,449 (April 2019)[1]
RegistrationOptional (required for creating and joining projects)
LaunchedJanuary 2000; 19 years ago (2000-01)
Current statusInactive

BerliOS (short for "Berlin Open Source") was a project founded by Fraunhofer FOKUS, the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems located in Berlin, to coordinate the different interest groups in the field of open source software (OSS) and to assume a neutral coordinator function. The target groups of BerliOS were developers and users of open source software on the one side and OSS-related companies on the other.

BerliOS consisted of several subprojects:

  • DocsWell, a database for open source related documentation
  • SourceWell, a news service for open source projects
  • SourceLines, a "best practice" database for successful open source projects
  • SourceBiz, a list of open source companies
  • DevCounter, a database of open source developer profiles
  • OpenFacts, a wiki-based open source knowledge database (using the MediaWiki software)
  • SourceAgency (beta), a platform for coordinating open source funding


The operators of the BerliOS project announced that BerliOS would close at the end of 2011 due to lack of sufficient funding and support.[2]

As the news of the pending closure spread, BerliOS received numerous rescue proposals. As a result, it was further announced that BerliOS would continue as a non-profit institute run by a combination of volunteers, donations and corporate sponsorship.[3]

On February 23, 2012 BerliOS announced on their blog,[4] that a cooperation agreement had been signed with SourceForge, which meant that all projects hosted on BerliOS' systems would be automatically mirrored in new and separate projects on SourceForge. On April 4, 2012 SourceForge reiterated this statement on their blog[5] and provided more specifics about the collaboration.

In January 2014 BerliOS announced that they would disable their hosting services on 30 April 2014.[6]

SourceForge mirror projects[edit]

The mirrored projects on SourceForge was named after the following template:${name}.berlios/, where ${name} would be the BerliOS project name.

Project owner and creator was a specially crafted user named berliosrobot.[7] This way former BerliOS projects can be found using SourceForge's search engine, like this.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  2. ^ "BerliOS will be closed on 31.12.2011". BerliOS. 2011-09-30. Archived from the original on 2014-02-09. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  3. ^ "BerliOS continues – non-profit association is founded". BerliOS. 2011-10-31. Archived from the original on 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  4. ^ "BerliOS: Technical improvements and cooperation with SourceForge". BerliOS Developer Weblogs. 2012-02-23. Archived from the original on 2013-01-17.
  5. ^ "BerliOS Projects Saved, Moving to SourceForge for Distribution". SourceForge Community Blog. 2012-04-04. Archived from the original on 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  6. ^ "Neues berliOS-Portal gestartet". BerliOS. 2014-01-28. Archived from the original on 2014-02-09. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  7. ^ "BerliOS / Profile". Retrieved 2016-07-12.

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