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DSpace open source software is a turnkey repository application used by more than 2,000 organizations and institutions worldwide to provide durable access to digital resources. For more information, visit

DSpace consists of both a Java-based backend and an Angular-based frontend.

Prior versions of DSpace (v6.x and below) used two different UIs (XMLUI and JSPUI). Those UIs are no longer supported in v7 (and above).

  • A maintenance branch for older versions is still available, see dspace-6_x for 6.x maintenance.


Documentation / Installation

Documentation for each release may be viewed online or downloaded via our Documentation Wiki.

The latest DSpace Installation instructions are available at:

Please be aware that, as a Java web application, DSpace requires a database (PostgreSQL or Oracle) and a servlet container (usually Tomcat) in order to function. More information about these and all other prerequisites can be found in the Installation instructions above.

Running DSpace 7 in Docker

NOTE: At this time, we do not have production-ready Docker images for DSpace. That said, we do have quick-start Docker Compose scripts for development or testing purposes.

See Running DSpace 7 with Docker Compose


DSpace is a community built and supported project. We do not have a centralized development or support team, but have a dedicated group of volunteers who help us improve the software, documentation, resources, etc.

We welcome contributions of any type. Here's a few basic guides that provide suggestions for contributing to DSpace:

We also encourage GitHub Pull Requests (PRs) at any time. Please see our Development with Git guide for more info.

In addition, a listing of all known contributors to DSpace software can be found online at:

Getting Help

DSpace provides public mailing lists where you can post questions or raise topics for discussion. We welcome everyone to participate in these lists:

Great Q&A is also available under the DSpace tag on Stackoverflow

Additional support options are at

DSpace also has an active service provider network. If you'd rather hire a service provider to install, upgrade, customize or host DSpace, then we recommend getting in touch with one of our Registered Service Providers.

Issue Tracker

DSpace uses GitHub to track issues:


Running Tests

By default, in DSpace, Unit Tests and Integration Tests are disabled. However, they are run automatically by GitHub Actions for all Pull Requests and code commits.

  • How to run both Unit Tests (via maven-surefire-plugin) and Integration Tests (via maven-failsafe-plugin):
    mvn install -DskipUnitTests=false -DskipIntegrationTests=false
  • How to run only Unit Tests:
    mvn test -DskipUnitTests=false
  • How to run a single Unit Test
    # Run all tests in a specific test class
    # NOTE: failIfNoTests=false is required to skip tests in other modules
    mvn test -DskipUnitTests=false -Dtest=[full.package.testClassName] -DfailIfNoTests=false
    # Run one test method in a specific test class
    mvn test -DskipUnitTests=false -Dtest=[full.package.testClassName]#[testMethodName] -DfailIfNoTests=false
  • How to run only Integration Tests
    mvn install -DskipIntegrationTests=false
  • How to run a single Integration Test
    # Run all integration tests in a specific test class
    # NOTE: failIfNoTests=false is required to skip tests in other modules
    mvn install -DskipIntegrationTests=false -Dit.test=[full.package.testClassName] -DfailIfNoTests=false
    # Run one test method in a specific test class
    mvn install -DskipIntegrationTests=false -Dit.test=[full.package.testClassName]#[testMethodName] -DfailIfNoTests=false
  • How to run only tests of a specific DSpace module
    # Before you can run only one module's tests, other modules may need installing into your ~/.m2
    cd [dspace-src]
    mvn clean install
    # Then, move into a module subdirectory, and run the test command
    cd [dspace-src]/dspace-server-webapp
    # Choose your test command from the lists above


DSpace source code is freely available under a standard BSD 3-Clause license. The full license is available in the LICENSE file or online at

DSpace uses third-party libraries which may be distributed under different licenses. Those licenses are listed in the LICENSES_THIRD_PARTY file.


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