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Developer(s) John Jacoby, Paul Gibbs, Boone Georges, Andy Peatling, Pike Winchurkar
Stable release
2.5.2 / March 31, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-03-31)
Operating system Cross-platform
Platform PHP, MySQL, WordPress
Type Blog publishing system, Social Networking
License GNU General Public License version 2
Website http://buddypress.org/

BuddyPress is an open source social networking software package owned by Automattic since 2008.[1] It is a plugin that can be installed on WordPress to transform it into a social network platform.[2] BuddyPress is designed to allow schools, companies, sports teams, or any other niche community to start their own social network or communication tool.

BuddyPress inherits and extends upon the integral functional elements of the WordPress engine including themes, plugins, and widgets. As it is built on WordPress, it is written using the same primary technologies, PHP and MySQL.


  1. ^ Brian Brandt (March 5, 2008). "Automattic Acquires BuddyPress". WPdope. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ Joseph Tartakoff (May 1, 2009). "Automattic Rolls Out A WordPress For Social Networks". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 

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