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Developer(s)John Jacoby, Paul Gibbs, Boone Georges, Andy Peatling
Stable release
9.1.1 / August 18, 2021; 21 months ago (2021-08-18)
Operating systemCross-platform
PlatformPHP, MySQL, WordPress
TypeBlog publishing system, Social Networking
LicenseGNU General Public License version 2

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 expands on the functional elements of the WordPress engine including themes, plugins, and widgets. As it is built on WordPress, it is written using the same primary languages, PHP and MySQL.

In 2010, BuddyPress was placed third in Packt's Most Promising Open Source Project Awards, losing to Pimcore and TomatoCMS.[3][4]


  1. ^ Brian Brandt (March 5, 2008). "Automattic Acquires BuddyPress". WPdope. Archived from the original on July 29, 2015. 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.
  3. ^ "Results of the 2010 Most Promising Open Source Project Awards: BuddyPress Finishes 3rd". WPMU DEV Blog. Archived from the original on 2019-12-11. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  4. ^ "Packt Awards: Most Promising Open Source Project Award". CMSWire.com. Retrieved 2018-10-12.

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