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OpenLaunch is integrates web pages, blogs, forums, wikis, and more into a flexable web-based content management system. Like other CMS systems, OpenLaunch allows you to create a website. What OpenLaunch provides is a very broad array of features, which are wrapped up together in an innovative design, and seamless platform. Every different plugin fits into the project beautifully, creating a high-quality website for your product, project, or brand.

Installation Instructions

  1. First, make sure that you have a PHP-enabled web host. If you do not already have one, we have used HawkHost in the past, and highly recommend it.
  2. Download the code by switching to the "production" branch and clicking the Download Zip option via GitHub.
  3. Upload the code to your web server. The CMS must be placed at the root of a domain, not a sub-directory.
  4. Visit the web page and enter the MySQL information for your web server.


This software is primarily licensed under the MIT License. You are also free to use the software under the terms of any of the following licenses: Apache License, GNU Public License version 2 or greater, the BSD License, or the Lesser GNU Public License.


To view documentation, visit our manual.

Developing OpenLaunch Plugins

We provide documentation for our code API on our product manual page, which can be found at the below link.

Support & Reporting Bugs

Our main means of providing support is through our website and support forum.

Project Contributors

Matt Eskridge

Matthew Eskridge is a software developer who specializes in PHP web development and creating java desktop applications. As the founder of the project, he did all of the design work (with the exception of designing the icons and logos themselves) and wrote the entire pre-1.0 code.

Becoming a Contributor

To contribute to OpenLaunch, you have two options. The first is to make changes to OpenLaunch's core features by cloning the source code, making changes, and contacting us with a request to merge the changes into the primary repository. The second option is to write a plugin. OpenLaunch plugins can be either open source or commercial. If you choose to create an open source plugin, then we may choose to request the inclusion of this plugin in the OpenLaunch distribution.