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Shaheem Azmal M MD edited this page Jan 18, 2024 · 88 revisions

Welcome to the FOSSology Wiki!

FOSSology is about OSS license compliance. It provides you with

  • A set of command line tools
  • A Web server application

for performing a number of scans, analyses and tasks when it comes to OSS license compliance:

  • Scanning for licenses
  • Scanning for copyright statements, also including finding e-mails, URLs or author statements
  • Scanning for ECC relevant statements
  • Reporting on the licensing situation, including writing SPDX files
  • Reviewing licensing situation, including importing SPDX for reviewing external license information
  • Managing licenses and their obligations, including reporting on obligations resulting from licensing of a component

Please find more general information on the main FOSSology home page.

Contact and Information

The following table lists the main sources of information as well as the main ways to contact the fossology community

Name URL Remarks
Main home page main home page with general info
Project @ Github where the music plays
Main mailing list for users discussion about using it
Developer mailing list for developers, discussion about developing
Organisers mailing list  to reach persons who are involved into organisation of the project
Slack Channel the main chat spot
Slack Channel Invitation Link Sharable join link to join that should bring you in
Community meeting MS Teams, Get .ics calendar or here Alternative Thursdays at 10:30 CET, everyone is invited
IRC Yes, there is a channel on IRC ... not sure if it still used

Contribute to FOSSology

There are many ways to contribute to FOSSology. If you are a developer and want to submit code, start by discussing what you want to do on our developer mailing list Submit your patches there or as a pull request.

Once we know you a little better and trust your patches, we will give you commit access. You must agree with our licensing choice. All code is under GPL-2.0. If you want your copyright to appear in the code, put it in your patch.

But besides code, you may want to consider the following ways to support the project as well:

  • Star it on Github!
  • Give a presentation about FOSSology
  • Explain it to your friends, colleagues
  • If you are using FOSSology regularly consider putting your logo on the FOSSology home page
  • Write documentation
  • Submit issues about what you found about it

Get Started with Development

Using FOSSology

Administration of FOSSology

Developer Documentation


Infrastructure for the application is comprised by the database, the Web server, the PHP environment etc.


Agents and Jobs

Particular Agent Documentation

User Interface


If you just want to run the tests or learn about them see the Running FOSSology Tests area of the wiki.


This documents the nuts and bolts of producing a FOSSology release.


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