5 Best Free and Open Source Project Management Software (FOSS) in 2017

2017-12-29 09:30:00
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If you are a startup with budget for software, you might consider using free software so to cut down the costs. Thanks to Linus Torvalds and a lot of coders, now you have open source software as an option.

Based on

  • number of users
  • features
  • ease of use
  • reviews

the following 5 project management software are recommended.

5. ZenTao

ZenTao project management software (www.zentao.pm) is the first project manangement software that is open source in China. It is designed by an Agile team and for Agile teams to manage software projects. It is an All Lifecyle Management and supports Scrum. In regards to bug management and test management, it shares almost the same portion of Chinese market as JIRA does.

It also has SAAS version, ZenTao Cloud, which can make your project management available anytime and anywhere. GIT and SVN are also integrated.

4. OrangeScrum

You can easily tell it from the name of the software that it is for Scrum. It has all features that are in Scrum, such as Kanban, Gantt charts, etc. It has Slack integration, Mobile App, and Self-Hosted versions.


3. Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects is more for waterfall fans. It offers excellent Gantt chart options, which help you have a clear view of your project milestones. It can be integrated with other Apps of Zoho, such as Zoho CRM, and Slack, etc.

2. Wrike

Wrike is good at facilitating communications within a team. It has real-time newsfeed and discussions. Its Gantt chart is interactive with fields that can be customized. DropBox, Google Drive are options to integrate.

It is HAVE-IT-ALL type of tool, so you could be overwhelmed sometimes.

Image result for wrike screenshot

Next comes to the No.1.

1. Redmine

Redmine is very famous for bug management. It is also a project management tool with strong features, such as repository, issue tracking and wiki. However, it lacks features in terms of enterprise. Overall, Redmine is an excellent tool for managing software projects.

Its interface is super simple, as you can see yourself below.


  1. http://blog.capterra.com/free-open-source-project-management-software/
  2. https://opensource.com/business/16/3/top-project-management-tools-2016
  3. http://www.redmine.org/projects/redmine/wiki
  4. https://biz30.timedoctor.com/zoho-projects-review-and-alternatives/
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Why choose ZenTao


Serving 30,000+ teams

Serving 200,000+ projects

Serving 800,000+ developers

The #1 in local market share

Free & Open

Open source and unlimited to commercial

Powerful extension mechanism and various plug-ins

Available on Github

Either Self-Host or Cloud Apps


Refined ALM support

Zero downtime upgrades 

Integrate Git and SVN (pro)

Word and Excel import & export (pro)

Preview-Edit-Diff document online(ent)

Integrate OPS-Attendance-Feedback(ent)


ZenTao team has involved in open source since 2004

Frequent releases and free upgrade forever(even self-hosted) 

Instant and powerful support for 20000+ companies


Out of the box, Less config

Nice price for small team($9.9)

Design to adhere Scrum Best practice

For Agile but not restrict to Agile


Applicable for different sized teams

Applicable for Agile/Waterfall

Modules can be used in any combination

Convenient customization