Top 14 Open Source Web Development Tools

  • 14 Top Open Source Web Development Tools

    14 Top Open Source Web Development Tools
    This list of top open source web development tools includes helpful applications for many purposes.
  • Bootstrap

    Bootstrap
    First released by Twitter in 2011, Bootstrap is a front-end framework for Web development that aims to speed the development process. It takes a mobile-first approach and compiles code to pure CSS. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Bower

    Bower
    Also created by Twitter, Bower is a front-end package manager for the Web. It manages all the items that make up a website, keeping everything up to date! It works with any type of package and runs over Git. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Brackets

    Brackets
    This Adobe project is currently one of the most popular on GitHub. It's a code editor built with Web technologies for developers who are working in Web technologies. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Chaplin.js

    Chaplin.js
    This HTML5 application architecture solution works with the Backbone.js library. It aims to help developers create single-page, scalable Web applications very quickly. Operating System: Windows, Linux
  • CodeMirror

    CodeMirror
    CodeMirror is a browser-based text editor. Basically, it allows Website developers to embed a code editor in their sites, which is useful if you're creating a site that offers programming tutorials. In addition to desktop browsers, it also works with many mobile browsers. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Ember.js

    Ember.js
    There are a lot of JavaScript Web development frameworks out there—this one calls itself "a framework for creating ambitious Web applications. It aims to make developers more productive immediately. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Grunt

    Grunt
    Used by companies like Twitter, jQuery, Adobe, Modernizr and others, Grunt is a task runner for JavaScript. It automates tasks like minification, compilation, unit testing and linting. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Hammer.js

    Hammer.js
    If you're writing Web applications for mobile devices, this JavaScript library will allow to you enable multi-touch gestures, like swipe, tap, pinch, etc. The website proclaims, "You can touch this." Operating System: OS Independent
  • Meteor

    Meteor
    Want to write your entire Web app in JavaScript? Meteor makes it fast and easy. Note that it is still a preview release. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Sidekiq

    Sidekiq
    Sidekiq promises "simple, efficient background processing for Ruby." It speeds up Web applications and makes them more scalable. Operating System: OS Independent
  • SheetSee.js

    SheetSee.js
    This JavaScript library makes it possible to use a Google spreadsheet as the database that feeds your website content. It makes updates quick and easy. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Textmate

    Textmate
    Exclusively for developers who work on macs, Textmate is a text editor that offers many more advanced features you would usually find in a full-fledged IDE. The project website states, "Created by a closet UNIX geek who was lured to the Mac platform by its ease of use and elegance, TextMate has been referred to as the culmination of Emacs and OS X."
  • TypeScript

    TypeScript
    Developed by Microsoft and released in 2012, TypeScript is a variant of JavaScript with static typing and class-based object oriented programming capabilities. It compiles to pure JavaScript, and as a result, works with any operating system and browser. Operating System: OS Independent
  • ZURB Foundation

    ZURB Foundation
    One of the most popular projects on GitHub, Foundation humbly proclaims itself "The most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world." With it, web developers can quickly create sites that automatically adjust for the size and type of device being used for access. Operating System: OS Independent
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Top 14 Open Source Web Development Tools

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  • 14 Top Open Source Web Development Tools

    14 Top Open Source Web Development Tools

    This list of top open source web development tools includes helpful applications for many purposes.
  • Bootstrap

    Bootstrap

    First released by Twitter in 2011, Bootstrap is a front-end framework for Web development that aims to speed the development process. It takes a mobile-first approach and compiles code to pure CSS. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Bower

    Bower

    Also created by Twitter, Bower is a front-end package manager for the Web. It manages all the items that make up a website, keeping everything up to date! It works with any type of package and runs over Git. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Brackets

    Brackets

    This Adobe project is currently one of the most popular on GitHub. It's a code editor built with Web technologies for developers who are working in Web technologies. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Chaplin.js

    Chaplin.js

    This HTML5 application architecture solution works with the Backbone.js library. It aims to help developers create single-page, scalable Web applications very quickly. Operating System: Windows, Linux
  • CodeMirror

    CodeMirror

    CodeMirror is a browser-based text editor. Basically, it allows Website developers to embed a code editor in their sites, which is useful if you're creating a site that offers programming tutorials. In addition to desktop browsers, it also works with many mobile browsers. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Ember.js

    Ember.js

    There are a lot of JavaScript Web development frameworks out there—this one calls itself "a framework for creating ambitious Web applications. It aims to make developers more productive immediately. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Grunt

    Grunt

    Used by companies like Twitter, jQuery, Adobe, Modernizr and others, Grunt is a task runner for JavaScript. It automates tasks like minification, compilation, unit testing and linting. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Hammer.js

    Hammer.js

    If you're writing Web applications for mobile devices, this JavaScript library will allow to you enable multi-touch gestures, like swipe, tap, pinch, etc. The website proclaims, "You can touch this." Operating System: OS Independent
  • Meteor

    Meteor

    Want to write your entire Web app in JavaScript? Meteor makes it fast and easy. Note that it is still a preview release. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Sidekiq

    Sidekiq

    Sidekiq promises "simple, efficient background processing for Ruby." It speeds up Web applications and makes them more scalable. Operating System: OS Independent
  • SheetSee.js

    SheetSee.js

    This JavaScript library makes it possible to use a Google spreadsheet as the database that feeds your website content. It makes updates quick and easy. Operating System: OS Independent
  • Textmate

    Textmate

    Exclusively for developers who work on macs, Textmate is a text editor that offers many more advanced features you would usually find in a full-fledged IDE. The project website states, "Created by a closet UNIX geek who was lured to the Mac platform by its ease of use and elegance, TextMate has been referred to as the culmination of Emacs and OS X."
  • TypeScript

    TypeScript

    Developed by Microsoft and released in 2012, TypeScript is a variant of JavaScript with static typing and class-based object oriented programming capabilities. It compiles to pure JavaScript, and as a result, works with any operating system and browser. Operating System: OS Independent
  • ZURB Foundation

    ZURB Foundation

    One of the most popular projects on GitHub, Foundation humbly proclaims itself "The most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world." With it, web developers can quickly create sites that automatically adjust for the size and type of device being used for access. Operating System: OS Independent

A GitLab report found that developers overwhelmingly prefer open source development tools, "98 percent of developers say they use open source tools, and 75 percent say at least half of their tools are open source." Open source software is always in flux. New projects are being born every day, and from time to time, we like to shine a spotlight on those that seem particularly noteworthy. There's always something valuable in open source software. Of course, there are plenty more out there that didn't get included. If you know of one (or more) notable open source apps, please make a note in the Comments section below.