Free and Open Software Hosting Sites: Best for 2020

Free and Open Software Hosting Sites: Best for 2020

Free and Open Software Hosting Sites: Best for 2020

In our previous post about Open hub, we mentioned that they are the Software Directory Sites, and we mention some of them, especially dedicated to Free Software and Open Source. In this post we will focus on the Software Hosting Sites (Code Hosting) useful for our community, especially during the year 2020 .

Usually, and as usual, a good portion of developers and advanced users or not, of Free Software and Open Source, know and use some of these Software Hosting Sites, but the truth is that the range of options is a little wider and it is worth knowing them all.

Software Hosting Sites: What are they?

As we explained in the aforementioned post, the Software Hosting Sites are:

" … Web domains that support or provide a code hosting tool, to be used as version control. In such a way, to allow developers to work together on multiple projects. Of these sites, specifically for Free Software and Open Source, there are also many sites among which GitHub stands out, ... ".


Because GitHub is one of the best known, we will show a small list of Software Hosting Sites, both free, free and open, and commercial, which can be a practical and useful option to replace GitHub.

This because of GitHub, despite being a online development platform powerful and secure, as well as popular for hosting software projects, using Go as a version control mechanism, and to provide hosting (repositories) to open source projects, and private software (proprietary and / or commercial), since it was acquired by Microsoft, many have avoided using it and migrated to other alternative platforms.

Therefore, Software Hosting Sites following are a good alternative to GitHub to house the open source project (s) that are necessary.

The best web hosting sites of 2020

Best Free and Open Software Hosting Sites

Free, Open and Free

Apache allura

It is an open source implementation of a software forge, a website that manages source code repositories, bug reports, discussions, wiki pages, blogs, and more for any number of individual projects. The source code management features allow you to work with Git and SVN. In addition, it also merges requests, forks, among other functionalities. It provides a mailing list or forum or both integrated approach to open discussion and has a very effective bug tracking system.


It is a website that provides a complete workflow for writing, reviewing, and deploying code. Therefore, it is an excellent, safe, powerful and reliable alternative to GitHub. It makes managing source code repositories easy, as it is designed to improve development workflow. Its outstanding features include providing support for hosting through Git and SVN, customizing the deployment configurations for each environment, and allowing two types of feedback between participants, topics, and discussions.


It is a powerful, fully scalable, high-performance development platform designed for professional teams. Where education users and developers of open source projects get free accounts. It allows you to easily import GitHub repositories in 6 simple steps, and it supports third-party integrations. It has notable features like, Bitbucket pipelines, code lookup, pull requests, flexible deployment models, differential view, smart mirroring, issue tracking, among many others.


It is an open source, powerful, secure, efficient, feature-rich and robust platform to handle software development and operations lifecycle. For many, this is arguably the number one alternative to GitHub, as it supports group milestones, issue tracking, configurable issue boards and group issues, movement of issues between projects, and more. It also supports time tracking, powerful branching tools, and protected branches and tags, among many more features.


It is a totally free and well-known platform for building, managing and collaborating on software projects, built by Canonical, the creators of Ubuntu Linux. It has features like code hosting, Ubuntu package building, and hosting bug tracking, code reviews, mailing lists, and spec tracking. In addition, Launchpad supports translations, response tracking, and frequently asked questions.


It is an open source free software development and distribution platform built to specifically host open source projects. It is hosted on the Apache Allura platform, and supports any number of individual projects. Which is why, it is perceived as an invaluable open source community resource dedicated to helping open source projects be as successful as possible. Its enormous current potential is estimated at more than 430.000 projects; 3,7 million registered users, 35 million daily visitors and more than 4,5 million software downloads per day.

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We hope this "useful little post" about these useful and practical «Sitios de Alojamiento de Software Libre y Abierto» that allows many to develop, contribute or collaborate with each other, to create our current and growing software ecosystem, be of great interest and usefulness, for the entire «Comunidad de Software Libre y Código Abierto» and of great contribution to the diffusion of the wonderful, gigantic and growing ecosystem of applications of «GNU/Linux».

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