Rosetta Code

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Rosetta Code
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Available inEnglish
OwnerMichael Mol
LaunchedJanuary 1, 2007; 15 years ago (2007-01-01)
Current statusOnline
Content license
Written inPHP, MediaWiki

Rosetta Code is a wiki-based programming website with implementations of common algorithms and solutions to various programming problems in many different programming languages.[1] It is named for the Rosetta Stone, which has the same text inscribed on it in three languages, and thus allowed Egyptian hieroglyphs to be deciphered for the first time.[2]


Rosetta Code was created in 2007 by Michael Mol. The site's content is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License 1.2, though some components may be dual-licensed under more permissive terms.[3]

The Rosetta Code web repository illustrates how desired functionality is implemented very differently in various programming paradigms,[4][5] and how "the same" task is accomplished in different programming languages.[6]

As of 22 August 2021, Rosetta Code has:[7]

  • 1,121 computer programming tasks (or problems)
  • 303 additional draft programming tasks
  • 810 computer programming languages that are used to solve tasks
  • 83,043 computer programming language examples/entries

In August 2022, Rosetta Code migrated from independent hosting to Miraheze.

Data and structure[edit]

The Rosetta Code site is organized as a browsable cross-section of tasks (specific programming problems or considerations) and computer programming languages. A task's page displays visitor-contributed solutions in various computer languages, allowing a viewer to compare each language's approach to the task's stated problem.

Task pages are included in per-language listings based on the languages of provided solutions; a task with a solution in the C programming language will appear in the listing for C. If the same task has a solution in Ruby, the task will appear in the listing for Ruby as well.


Some of the computer programming languages found on Rosetta Code (which have Wikipedia descriptions) include: [8]

A complete list of the computer programming languages that have examples (entries/solutions to the Rosetta Code tasks) is available.[9]


Some of the tasks found on Rosetta Code include:[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ralf Lämmel. "Software chrestomathies". doi:10.1016/j.scico.2013.11.014. 2013.
  2. ^ "Rosetta Code:About - Rosetta Code".
  3. ^ "Rosetta Code:Copyrights". Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  4. ^ Neil Walkinshaw. Chapter One: "Reverse-Engineering Software Behavior". "Advances in Computers". 2013. p. 14.
  5. ^ Geoff Cox. "Speaking Code: Coding as Aesthetic and Political Expression". MIT Press, 2013. p. 6.
  6. ^ Nick Montfort "No Code: Null Programs". 2013. p. 10.
  7. ^ "Welcome to Rosetta Code". Retrieved 2007-01-07.
  8. ^ "Most linked-to categories". Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  9. ^ "RC POP.OUT - Rosetta Code".
  10. ^ "Pages with the most categories". Retrieved 2018-10-11.

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