Open source is software or source code freely available for possible modification and redistribution of the source code, documentation, or product.

Open source code gets released under a software license often on sites like GitHub, and depending on the license terms, others may download, modify, and publish their version (fork) back to the community.


The movement began to respond to closed, non-interoperable, proprietary code; by encouraging open collaboration.

It is a model used across a wide range of disciplines outside of software, like drug discovery.

Back to Glossary
Linkedin Icon Twitter Icon Facebook Icon E-mal Icon
Get in touch

Talk to us

Do you want to remove your IP/domain from one of our blocklists?
Please use our lookup-service and follow the instructions there in order to get that resolved.