Open-source bounty

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An open-source bounty is a monetary reward for completing a task in an open-source software project.


Bounties are usually offered as an incentive for fixing software bugs or implementing minor features. Bounty driven development is one of the Business models for open-source software. The compensation offered for an open-source bounty is usually small.


When open-source projects require bigger funds they usually apply for grants or, most recently, launch crowdsourcing or crowdfunding campaigns, typically organized over platforms like Kickstarter[1] or BountyC (since 2004 also crowdfunding[2]).

Examples of bounties[edit]

Examples of websites listing bounties for multiple projects[edit]

  • huntr pays its users for finding and fixing vulnerabilities in most open source projects on GitHub.
  • Bountysource
  • Gitcoin is an open-source bounty marketplace which has awarded more than $735,000 through its platform since its launch in November 2017, as of January 2019.[10] It has GitHub integration and allows OSS maintainers to add bounties to specific issues on their GitHub repositories, and award contributors for pull requests that solve the issue.
  • Devcash is a decentralized bounty platform where users utilize DEV to crowdsource developer talent or perform developer tasks and earn DEV.
  • IssueHunt is an issue-based bounty platform for open source projects. Anyone can fund specific issues of GitHub repo, and these bounties will be distributed to contributors and maintainers.
  • An issue bounty platform for Git-powered projects with an integrated payment system.
  • Rysolv is an open source issue-bounty platform. Users can crowdsource bounties, and get paid for fixing issues.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lunduke, Bryan (2013-08-07). "Open source gets its own crowd-funding site, with bounties included - BountyC is the crowd-funding site the open source community has been waiting for". Retrieved 2013-08-10. Many open source projects (from phones to programming tools) have taken to crowd-funding sites (such as Kickstarter and indiegogo) in order to raise the cash needed for large-scale development. And, in some cases, this has worked out quite well.
  2. ^ "Bountysource Raises $1.1 Million for the First Crowdfunding Platform for Open-Source Software Projects". 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2013-08-08.
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  4. ^ Sun Sponsors Open Source Community $1M Innovation Award, Sun MicroSystems, archived from the original on 2008-12-19
  5. ^ Leyden, John (2004-08-03), Mozilla to pay bounty on bugs, The Register
  6. ^ "Ghostscript: Bug bounty program". Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  7. ^ " - Kickstart ROM Replacement (Phase II) Assigned". Archived from the original on 6 December 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Kickstart ROM Replacement (Phase II)". Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  9. ^ "RISC OS Open: All bounties". Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Gitcoin OSS bounty results". Retrieved 12 January 2019.