The Open Build Service (OBS) is an open and complete software distribution development platform. It provides the infrastructure to create software packages for a wide range of operating systems and hardware architectures as well as add-ons, appliance images or entire linux distributions.
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Open Build Service

The Open Build Service (OBS) is a generic system to build and distribute binary packages from sources in an automatic, consistent and reproducible way. You can release packages as well as updates, add-ons, appliances and entire distributions for a wide range of operating systems and hardware architectures.

More information can be found on


The Open Build Service consists of several parts, namely the backend, the api and the webui. The backend implements all the core functionality (i.e. the business logic), whereas the webui provides a neat browser interface. The api forms the glue between those components and also serves as the integration point to other external tools (hence it's name). Therefore the source code is organized like this:

###Directory Description

dist          Files relevant for (distro) packaging
docs          Documentation, examples and the Build Service book
src/api       Api code (Ruby / Ruby on Rails)
src/backend   Backend code (Perl)
src/webui     Webui code (Ruby / Ruby on Rails)
shared        Stuff shared across the different parts

Note that the three parts each also have their own documentation found in their respective subdirectories.

Installation, deployment and development

These topics are covered in the INSTALL file and on the openSUSE wiki.


The Open Build Service is Free Software and is released under the terms of the GPL, except where noted. Additionally, 3rd-party content (like, but not exclusively, the webui icon theme) may be released under a different license. Please check the respective files for details.


The Build Service project is hosted on Github and you can discuss with the OBS Team via IRC on the channel #openbuildservice. Or you can use our mailing list

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