Some Opensource Project Management Tools

Can anybody need a simple opensource project management tool? Basically can add a projects, tasks and comments. Some are given below:

Developed in Java:


OpenProj is a desktop replacement of Microsoft Project. OpenProj has equivalent functionality, a familiar user interface and even opens existing MSProject files. OpenProj is interoperable with Project, with a Gantt Chart and PERT chart etc.


Memoranda (formerly known as jNotes2) is an open source cross-platform diary manager and the tool for scheduling personal projects.


Ganttproject lets you plan projects using a Gantt chart. It is written in Java. GanttProject use a XML file format. It can export the project in HTML Web pages or PDF document (using XSLT) or image files.


XPlanner is a web-based project planning and tracking tool for agile development teams.

Open Workbench:

Open Workbench is an open source Windows-based desktop application that provides robust project scheduling and management functionality and is free to distribute throughout the enterprise. When users need to move beyond desktop scheduling to a workgroup, division or enterprise-wide solution, they can upgrade to CA’s Clarity system, a project and portfolio management system that offers bidirectional integration with Open Workbench.


AgileTrack is an open-source Java based application for tracking software development in agile development or extreme programming (XP) teams. It includes support for managing stories and other issues, sub-tasks, tracking time, managing multiple projects, planning iterations, and providing iteration reports. It provides a unique interface that is simple to use and allows software developers to have task information always at their fingertips.


The MPXJ library provides a set of facilities to allow project information to be manipulated in Java. MPXJ supports three file formats, Microsoft Project Exchange (MPX), Microsoft Project (MPP), and Microsoft Project Data Interchange (MSPDI). The library is currently based around a set of data structures modelled on the data described by the MPX file format. All manipulation of project data takes place using these data structures, which can be read from or written to the various supported file formats.


eHour is an open source webbased time tracking tool for consultancy companies and other project based businesses. The primary objective is to keep time tracking as simple and user friendly as possible while still being very effective at measuring and reporting the amount of time your team spends on a project.

airTODO – Project Management Tool:

airTODO is a minimalist project management tool, intended for customer, project, module, operation, task and time management, which can work with local and/or remote repositories. Tool composed as single file with both, client (Eclipse plugin) and server functionality.


EmForge is a web-based application, suite of tools used in software development: project management (jBPM-based), documenting (Wiki-based), versioning (Subversion-based), reporting (JasperReports-based).


Baralga enables you to keep track of the time you spend working on different projects. You can record the projects your are working or you can manually enter and edit project activities. Thus, you will be able to easily memorize when and how long you have been working on every project.

Activity Manager:

Activity Manager is a project management tool. It helps a project leader to manage and check his collaborators activity. Activity Manager allows to build and maintain a hierarchical task tree. It is based on a database with a very simple model that allows to build quickly custom reports through the report facility or through simple SQL requests. Activity Manager is customizable. Activity Manager is a Java based tool running in standalone mode (with an embedded HSQLDB database) or with a MySQL database server or custom mode (user defined database for skilled users).

Developed in PHP:


eGroupWare’s project management module is great! Suhreed Sarkar tried dotProject and other, but eGroupWare project management really fulfills his needs. You can get document management, news, calendar, email and all other collaboration tools with this. This is also in PHP.


PHPEasyProject is easy to use project management tools developed in PHP.


dotProject is a volunteer supported Project Management application. There is no “company” behind this project, it is managed, maintained, developed and supported by a volunteer group and by the users themselves.

A web-based system for projects and project management.


A web-based project management tool, offering basic project and customer management. (PHP)

Air Todo

Offers a project management tool with zero administration.

WR Time Tracker

PHP-based work time tracking system, under X11-style “Liberal Freeware License”.

Project Management Interface
Web-based project management application. Provides portal management to a large number of coarsely-managed projects.

Web-based groupware tool which includes calendar, project-management, time-card management, PDA synchronization, email, voting system and personal to-do list management.

Trac open source project: Trac is an enhanced wiki and issue tracking system for software development projects. Trac uses a minimalistic approach to web-based software project management. Our mission is to help developers write great software while staying out of the way. Trac should impose as little as possible on a team’s established development process and policies.


7 Responses

  1. It is nice listing of online PM tools, but which one do you think is the best, and why?

  2. PM hut has a point.
    I also have anothe question: why open source ools only? I live perfectly without open source. I run my projects in with the help ofthis tool and I like it so far. Seems to be something in the middle between MS Project, Outlook and Web 2.0 tool. Takes the best from all of them.

  3. @Rupert, In phpXperts group some ppl wanna know about opensourse project management tools for their use. So here I try to help my phpXperts friends. At my office I use MS Project.

  4. @PM Hut, I have to analysis all Tools advantage and disadvantages carefully first before give such a comment. Now I’m a little bit busy with my thesis work.

    Thnaks for ur openion.

  5. Why open source tools only? Because there are a lot of folks out there who want to install their own software and tweak it to their liking. And there is a community of them co-developing these cool open source tools. Another great one to add to your list is Trac.

  6. Great post. Your knowledge of the open source world for project management and time tracking is formidable. You mention using MS Project at the office. How would you compare it to the other applications you list here? In the bad old days when I was obliged to use MS Project I found that it was useful a tool for developing a schedule, but for collaboration, as well being a tool for day to day use I found it to be cumbersome and a whole lot of overkill. Those insights led to the development of PositiveWare, a web app focused on collaboration, time tracking and project management. Check it out at

  7. yup, dotProject is the most leading project management application (PMA). as project management software, dotproject also have really intuitive user interface, including to do list, project list, and project report.
    you can also read my letter about dotProject in Indonesia by visit my open source blog

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