101 Open Source Tools for Developers: Page 4

Open source tools for programming languages, team management, frameworks, IDEs, text editors and more.


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76. Vim

Vim is a mature text editor with many die-hard fans and a long-time rivalry with Emacs. It's highly configurable and is sometimes called a "programmer's editor" because it has many of the features of full IDEs. It is charityware, so those who use it are asked to donate to an organization that helps needy children in Uganda. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

77. XML Copy Editor

This fast, lightweight editor is good for just one thing—writing valid XML code. It features syntax highlighting, folding, tag completion, spell and style check and import and export from Microsoft Word. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Version Control

78. Bazaar

This cross-platform version control system is sponsored by Canonical (the makers of Ubuntu Linux) and is part of the GNU project. It's used by many well-known open source projects, including GNU, Ubuntu, MySQL, Bugzilla, Debian and Inkscape. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

79. Git

In recent years, Git has taken off as the version control system of choice for many open source and enterprise projects. Source code for thousands of projects that use this distributed version control system are available through GitHub. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

80. Subversion

This Apache project offers "enterprise-class centralized version control for the masses." Now fifteen years old, it's a mature tool that is updated frequently. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

81. TortoiseSVN

For Windows only, TortoiseSVN is based on Subversion but provides an alternative, easy-to-use interface. It works with any type of file and any IDE. Operating System: Windows

Web Development


Microsoft released this free Web framework under an open source license in 2014. It also allows users to host up to 10 ASP.NET websites for free on its Azure cloud computing service. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

83. Bluefish

Designed for programmers and experienced Web developers, Bluefish is a powerful yet lightweight Web editor. Features include fast performance, project support, powerful search and replace capabilities, a snippets sidebar, unlimited undo/redo, spell checker, and support for all of the most common Web programming languages. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

84. Bootstrap

Developed at Twitter, Bootstrap claims to be "the most popular HTML, CSS and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile-first projects on the Web. The website includes a library of sites developed with the tool, including ones for Turbo Tax, Intuit Mint, GeekWire, Instacart, Vizio, NC State University and others. Operating System: OS Independent

85. Bower

Another Twitter project, Bower manages frameworks, libraries, assets, utilities and other packages for websites. It works with a lot of other popular Web development tools. Operating System: OS Independent

86. Brackets

Founded by Adobe, Brackets describes itself as "a modern, open source text editor that understands web design." It allows users to develop sites and apps for the browser while working in the browser. Operating System: OS Independent

87. Catalyst

This Perl MVC Web framework aims to promote rapid development and clean design. It includes an integrated development server for testing and works with nearly all Web servers. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

88. Conditionizr

Award-winning Conditionizr makes it easier to create responsive sites that look great on any device and in any browser. It detects the front end and then serves up the appropriate version of a Website. Operating System: OS Independent

89. Evolutility

Now more than a decade old, Evolutility simplifies the creation of database-driven apps and Web apps without writing any code. The website includes a number of sample applications to show you how it works. Operating System: Windows

90. Gestalt

This tool allows developers to include Ruby, Python and XAML code within HTML code. It's goal is to enable the creation of rich Web apps using tools that developers already know. Operating System: OS Independent

91. JHipster

JHipster brings together many popular development tools into one package. It uses Spring Boot for the server side, AngularJS and Bootstrap for the front-end, and Yeoman, Bower, Grunt and Maven to help with the workflow. Operating System: OS Independent

92. Jo

This project offers a simple framework for creating HTML5 Web apps. It also integrates with PhoneGap and enables the creation of native apps using Web tools. Operating System: iOS, Android, webOS, BlackBerry, Chrome OS

93. KompoZer

KompoZer promises "easy Web authoring" and includes a file management system and a WYSIWYG editor with an interface similar to Adobe Dreamweaver. It's simple enough for use by newbies but also enables the creation of professional-looking websites. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

94. MediaGoblin

Want to build your own alternative to YouTube, Flickr or SoundCloud? MediaGoblin makes it easy to set up a media publishing site. Operating System: Linux

95. Nette Framework

This popular PHP framework promises to make Web developers' work easier. It boasts "perfect" security, integrated debugging tools, fast performance, an easy learning curve, a large community and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux

96. OpenBD

OpenBD claims to be "the world's first truly open source and free GPL Java CFML runtime." It allows developers to create Websites using the ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML) without having to purchase Adobe ColdFusion. Services and support are available through partners. Operating System: Windows, Linux

97. Phaser

This "fast, free and fun" framework aims to make it easier for anyone to make browser-based games. It includes Canvas and WebGL renderers, a preloader, three physics systems, a sprite handling system, animation, camera control, device scaling and much more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS

98. Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails promises "Web development that doesn't hurt." It has been used by tens of thousands of organizations, including Basecamp, Twitter, GitHub and Shopify. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

99. Zend Framework

Zend claims to be "the most popular framework for modern, high-performing PHP applications." It describes itself as modular, secure, extensible, high-performing and enterprise-ready. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

100. ZK

Used by Sony, Deutsche Bank, Sun, IBM, Toyota, Adobe, Fujitsu, DreamWorks, Barclays, Unisys, eBay, Bank of America and other well-known firms, ZK says it is "the best open source Java framework for creating enterprise Web and mobile apps." Paid support and related tools are available. Operating System: OS Independent

101. ZURB Foundation

Foundation doesn't claim to be the most popular or the best, but it does call itself "the most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world." The website adds that it is faster for both developers and end users. Paid support and services are available. Operating System: OS Independent

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