Komeil Bahmanpour

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Komeil Bahmanpour
کمیل بهمن‌پور
Komeil Bahmanpour IKA June 2009.jpg
Komeil Bahmanpour at the IKA in Tehran, June 2009
Born (1978-01-28) January 28, 1978 (age 39)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iran Iranian
Occupation President of Chortkeh, author
Years active 1992–present
Known for Co-founding Chortkeh, managing Persian ODP, contributing to the Unicode Standard
Awards Best World/Farsi Editor, 2004 ODP Autumn Editor Awards[1]
Website Komeil.com

Komeil Bahmanpour (born January 28, 1978) is an Iranian entrepreneur, software architect and author. He is a co-founder and the president of Chortkeh.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Komeil Bahmanpour was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Thanks to his father being an influential banker, he grew up learning about IBM mainframes at Tejarat Bank Bureau of Informatics. Starting his profession as a teenager in 1992, he studied computer programming in IUST and obtained his IBM mainframe Assembly programming license. He has also studied software engineering at Azad South Tehran University of Technology.[3]


In 1999, Komeil Bahmanpour was introduced to an American eforms software company willing to open overseas subsidiaries for the purpose of Middle Eastern software development and marketing. The deal went on and Chortkeh (Persian: چرتکه‎‎)—back then doing business as Chortkeh Rayaneh Hamrah, LLC (Persian: چرتکه رایانه همراه، شرکت با مسئولیت محدود‎‎)—was established.[3]


He was assigned as the chief software architect also managing development teams working on projects in different fields such as eforms conversion, virtual printer, object recognition, barcode, etc.

Persian Open Directory Project[edit]

Since 2003, Komeil Bahmanpour has been the managing editor of Netscape's Persian ODP,[4] still maintaining its Persian portal at Dmoz.ir.[5]

He won the Best World/Farsi Editor at the 2004 ODP Autumn Editor Awards.[1]

As the Persian ODP managing editor, Bahmanpour was behind a big decision to change the URL of the Persian ODP from Dmoz.org/World/Farsi/ into Dmoz.org/World/Persian/.[6] Believing in the fact that employing Farsi instead of Persian across the English Web is betraying Persian language,[7] during a month-long discussion between him and the ODP meta editors, he persisted on replacing the transliterated word Farsi with the more adequate word Persian, but metas on the other hand precluded the change based on the assumption that URLs have been promoted for years, so it will not be a wise choice to change them. Eventually, in March 2007 the URL was changed.[8]

Unicode contribution[edit]

Multilingual software and fonts have always been his main interests. He has contributed to the development of the Unicode Standard,[9] especially in Arabic, Persian and Hebrew languages.[10] He also authored Chortkeh Font Toolbox, a font management software suite comprising the freeware[11] Chortkeh BDF Font Viewer[12][13] since January 19, 2002.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Best World/Farsi Editor, 2004 Autumn Editor Awards" (GIF). Open Directory Project. Retrieved August 22, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Chortkeh Rescheduled Product Releases Due To Iranian Protests". eForms News. July 12, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "An Interview with Komeil Bahmanpour: The Brains behind Chortkeh". eForms News. July 9, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Profile - komeil". Open Directory Project. Retrieved August 22, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Persian Open Directory Project" (in Persian). Chortkeh. Retrieved August 22, 2009. 
  6. ^ Komeil Bahmanpour (August 18, 2007). "Google Directory Updated after 5-Month Delay in the Long Run, Unchanged for a Year and a Half". Komeil Bahmanpour. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Employing Farsi Instead of Persian; an Unintentional Betrayal" (in Persian). Lost 4 Words. April 15, 2006. Retrieved August 22, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Open Directory - World: Persian". Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. March 4, 2007. Archived from the original on March 4, 2007. Retrieved August 22, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Write Persian Appropriately!" (in Persian). JameJam Newspaper. August 22, 2010. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Chortkeh Satisfied with the Office InfoPath Research and Development Program". eForms News. November 5, 2003. Retrieved August 22, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Chortkeh BDF Font Viewer 2.0". CNET. August 14, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2009. 
  12. ^ Luc Devroye. "Font Managers". McGill University School of Computer Science. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Download Chortkeh BDF Font Viewer 2.0". Yahoo! Downloads. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  14. ^ Komeil Bahmanpour (January 19, 2002). "Chortkeh BDF Font Viewer 1.1". Komeil Bahmanpour. Retrieved August 22, 2009. 

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