8 Open Source Projects That Take Collaboration to the Next Level

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Open source projects are all about creativity and collaboration, and the process really shines when the project itself supports teamwork. Working together to create software to work together might sound very meta, but the results are quite tangible.

Here are eight open-source projects that can help boost team collaboration, whether they’re working in a distributed team, from a home office, or onsite in one of the new hybrid workplaces.


The COVID-19 pandemic may or may not be over, but remote working and video calling have become a big part of our world. Jitsi is an open source project that provides both browser-side code and server-side bridging, so you can host your own calls without relying on Zoom or Google Meet. You can run everything on your own hardware or support the project by subscribe to the Jitsi service.


Most teams also need a way to discuss their work in real time and asynchronously, in which case Zulip could be the messaging platform you have been looking for. As an open source alternative to Slack, Zulip puts you in control of the code. It also offers custom apps for all major smartphone and desktop platforms.

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The most important is another self-hosted messaging tool that supports team messaging, but in this case, it’s specifically designed for software development. The project benefits from a vibrant community, which has built a good server to securely handle message flow.

What really sets Mattermost apart is its collection of software development manuals with special features like checklists and coding retrospectives. Mattermost is also available as a web app and mobile tool.


Projects requiring a shared space can turn to Cyn.inwhich seeks to duplicate the shared access you might encounter in an IRL project lab or “war room”.

The community edition offers data sharing features like a wiki and collaborative file repositories. It also offers enhanced tracking tools that can prevent colleagues from stepping on each other’s toes by locking content and tracking access. Additional features such as voting and search round out a complete system that can make a virtual office space even better than a physical space.


Managing teams is what Kolab is all about. He organizes milestones, tracks projects, and keeps tabs on individual team members as everyone works toward the goal. Kolab also includes features for team blogs, project documentation, and group discussions.


The team at NextCloud has collected some of the best open source projects to support group collaboration with email, chat, and calendar. Then they packed them all into a stable distro that anyone can install at home or in the office. Now you can choose from the best apps to run an office or home, while also controlling the back-end.

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Creating documents, slideshows or spreadsheets is the cornerstone of many office tasks. group office is a collaborative platform that supports these basic tasks as well as many other important office management tasks.

Features include timesheets, invoicing, and customer relationship management. The basics are taken care of in the community edition, but the company also offers more professional services and custom development.


Developers are used to using a version control system like Git to track code and record version changes. GitLab is an alternative to GitHub that makes it easy to collaborate and manage your code from a browser. It is particularly well suited to devops and includes security and compliance management features in a DevOps pipeline. The hosted version is available for a fee and there is a community edition to run it locally.

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