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GForge Advanced Server
Developer(s)GForge Group
Initial releaseJune 21, 2006; 12 years ago (2006-06-21)
Stable release
6.4.2 / March 9, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-03-09)[1]
TypeCollaborative development environment

GForge is a commercial fork of the web-based project management and collaboration software originally created under the GPL for SourceForge, called Savane. GForge is currently a product managed by the GForge Group, Inc and  provides project hosting, version control (CVS, Subversion, Git), code reviews, ticketing (issues, support), release management, continuous integration and messaging.

GForge Community Edition
Developer(s)GForge Group
Last release
5.7 / April 23, 2010; 8 years ago (2010-04-23)
Written inPHP
Operating systemLinux, Unix
TypeCollaborative development environment
LicenseGNU GPL
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FusionForge Project Landing Page - 6.0.5 July 2017.png
Screenshot of project landing page in 2017
Stable release
6.1 / October 5, 2018; 2 months ago (2018-10-05)
Written inPHP
Operating systemLinux, Unix, Windows, OS X, etc.
Available inMultilingual (26 languages including french, english, german, spanish, italian, etc ) [2]
TypeCollaborative Development Environment
LicenseGNU GPL2+


In 1999, VA Linux hired four developers, including Tim Perdue, to develop the service to encourage open-source development and support the Open Source developer community. services were offered free of charge to any Open Source project team. Following the SourceForge launch[4] on November 17, 1999, the free software community rapidly took advantage of, and traffic and users grew very quickly.[citation needed]

As another competitive web service, "Server 51", was being readied for launch, VA Linux released the source code for the web site on January 14, 2000[5] as a marketing ploy to show that SourceForge was 'more open source'.[citation needed] Many companies began installing and using it themselves and contacting VA Linux for professional services to set up and use the software. However, their pricing was so unrealistic, they had few customers.[6] By 2001, the company's Linux hardware business had collapsed in the dotcom bust.[7] The company was renamed to VA Software and called the closed codebase SourceForge Enterprise Edition to try to force some of the large companies to purchase licenses.[8] This prompted objections from open source community members.[9] VA Software continued to say that a new source code release would be made at some point, but it never was.[citation needed]

Some time later, 2002,[10] Tim Perdue left VA and started GForge LLC which released both an open source and commercial version of GForge. Both codebases were forked from the last publicly released version, 2.6, and merged the debian-sf fork, previously maintained by Roland Mas and Christian Bayle, into the project.

In February 2009 there was a break-up of the original open source (GPL) version of GForge with some of the developers of GForge releasing the continued development of the old open source code under the new name of FusionForge while Perdue and his new company focused on a commercial offering (GForge Advanced Server.[3] and later GForgeNext).

GForge & GForge Advanced Server[edit]

Tim Perdue and his company begin focusing on a commercial version of GForge originally called GForge Advanced Server (also called GForge AS). It saw first public release on June 21, 2006. While it was offered commercially it could be used freely (with some restrictions on project limits and number of users.). GForge AS was written in PHP and continued to use PostgreSQL. Plug-ins for Eclipse IDE as well as Microsoft Visual Studio (only for customers and with no trial available) and other related tools were added to increase developer functionality. Workflow process management to handle making use of the full software life cycle from inception, bug tracking to new release enhancement citation.

In 2011 GForge came under new ownership under GForge Group, Inc and while work on the GForge AS 6.x series continued the company began working on a partial rewrite dubbed GForgeNext.  GForgeNext, later rebranded back to GForge, was released on October 1, 2018 which included a revamped user interface, REST API, support for Agile/Scrum disciplines and the GForge Group, Inc expanded to support SaaS. While not open source, the source is available* and the downloadable version can be used for free for up to 5 users.

* the source code that does the license enforcement is encrypted.

Notable Installations[edit]

It is hard to determine with certainty whether these sites run on the open source or the closed source version of GForge. The guesses were made on 2010-02-15 based on the look-and-feel of these sites.

  • LuaForge - for the Lua community (free GForge 4.x).
  • RubyForge - for the Ruby community (free GForge 4.x).
  • AVOIR Forge - for the African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources project (free GForge 4.x).
  • CakeForge - for the CakePHP community (free GForge 4.).
  • - the self-hosting website of the GForge project (proprietary GForge AS 5.x). Dead!
  • - for Joomla!-related projects (proprietary GForge AS 5.x). Not used since 2014.
  • OSP - for open source software projects (unknown version, doesn't look like GForge currently). Dead!
  • qe-forge - for free software related to Condensed Matter Physics and Quantum Chemistry.(GForge AS 5.x Community Edition). Dead?


In 2007, Bull announces the first public release of Novaforge[11] which is based on the GForge open source branch.

In February 2009 some of the developers of GForge continued development of the old open source code under the new name of FusionForge after GForge Group focused on GForge Advanced Server.[12] One objective is to merge GForge forks into a single project, hence the prefix Fusion.

In 2011, FusionForge is selected as part of the Coclico project.[13] It aims to fusion 3 existing trees of forked forges: FusionForge, Codendi & Novaforge.[14]

With this new start, FusionForge developer community is defined as ″small but engaged which has been able of forking (twice!) when they were not happy with the situation of the software they work with″.[15]

End 2013, main Savane maintainer Sylvain Beucler joins FusionForge[16] as INRIA contractor for 2 years. Main contributors to FusionForge include individual contributors such as Roland Mas,[17] small companies such as TrivialDev

In 2017, FusionForge software is the first forge software to contribute to the Software Heritage initiative, providing a connector to retrieve any information from FusionForge installation.[18]

Notable public Installations[edit]

  • Alcatel-Lucent Open Innovation Community
  • Alioth – for Debian-related software and documentation.
  • Adullact – for free software related to local governments in France.
  • Mulcyber – for INRA-related projects.
  • INRIAForge – for INRIA-related projects.
  • SourceSup – for French universities and research labs
  • Ocaml-Forge – the official forge for the projects of the OCaml community
  • pgFoundry – for PostgreSQL-related projects
  • HPCForge – for HPC related software published by Swiss National Supercomputing Centre CSCS
  • Kansas State University Forge – for Computing and Information Sciences Department at K-State
  • R-Forge – for all projects related to the R language & community
  • CENATIC – official forge for the projects of the Centro Nacional de Referencia de Aplicación de las Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación
  • Forxa de – development platform of the agency for technological modernization of autonomous region Galicia in Spain
  • OurProject – hosting platform of non-profit organization Comunes
  • SimTK – free project-hosting platform for the biomedical computation community sponsored by NIH
  • Helix Community – sponsored by RealNetworks
  • Dresden TU Technische Universitat Dresden
  • Wald: Open Source Projects hosting – sponsored by Intevation GmbH
  • SOA4D Forge – support site for both developers and users of the SOA4D technologies

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "GForge v6.4.2 Released". March 9, 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  2. ^ "Translations files available".

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