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DotProject logo.png
Original author(s) William Ezell
Developer(s) dotProject development team
Initial release September 1, 2003 (2003-09-01) (1.0)[1]
Stable release

2.2.0  (March 12, 2020; 3 years ago (2020-03-12))

Preview release none [±]
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multi-lingual
Type Project management software
License(s) GNU General Public License v2.0

dotProject is free web-based open-source project management software.

Product history

dotProject has its origins as a project started by and maintained by the entity in 2000.[2][3] An open-source SourceForge project was started for the software on February 28, 2001.[4] Initial development was a bit slow, potentially hindered by dotCMS, a web-based content management system being developed at around the same time. A stable version 1.0 release finally arrived on September 1, 2003.[1]

On January 12, 2004, project lead Adam Donnison announced long-time contributor Andrew Eddie would be moving off the project to pursue an opportunity developing the open-source Mambo content management system.[5] Despite the loss, work continued on the project, and version 2.0 of dotProject was released on March 31, 2005.[6]

In December 2007, a change to the Zend Framework was announced for a future version 3.0, though no timeframe was put on getting to 3.0.[7] The project was again promoted anew in an attempt to get closer to version 3.0. Those efforts in part were responsible for the flurry of activity that brought a Project of the Month award to dotProject in April 2009.[8] The next month, a clarification was made about the status of the move to version 3.0, with recognition of the slow timeline and the intent of potentially working more features into version 2.x first.[9] Since then several 2.x releases have occurred, but it remains unclear if a revised Zend-based version 3.0 will arrive.


The features of dotProject include[2]:

  • user management
  • trouble ticket system
  • client management
  • project listings
  • hierarchical task list
  • file repository
  • contact list
  • calendar
  • forum support
  • resource-based permissions

Hardware/software requirements

Installation prerequisites can be found here, though they haven't been updated since 2010.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

  • A few screenshots of dotProject can be found on TMDHosting.
  • Information about a dotProject demo can be found on the site.

Entities using dotProject

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Version 1.0 Released". 1 September 2003. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Team: dotProject". 12 March 2003. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  3. "dotMarketing's 'dotproject' Project Management Software Authentication Error Lets Remote Users Login as Administrators". LLC. 30 July 2002. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  4. "dotProject". SourceForge. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  5. Donnison, Adam J. (12 January 2004). "Long Term Contributor Takes a Break". Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  6. Chisholm, Karen (31 March 2005). "dotProject 2.0 Released". Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  7. Donnison, Adam J. (14 December 2007). "dotProject Version 3". Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  8. "Project of the Month, April 2009". SourceForge. April 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  9. "dotProject 2.x and it's Future". 3 June 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2012.