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Original author(s) Joesph Engo
Developer(s) Stylite AG
Initial release August 17, 2004 (2004-08-17) (1.0.0)[1]
Stable release

21.1.20221202  (December 2, 2022; 56 days ago (2022-12-02))

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

EGroupware is web-based open-source enterprise and group management software. It is available in a free Community Edition and a fee-based commercial "EGroupware Enterprise Line" edition.

Product history

EGroupware's roots are based in a project called "webdistro," written and released by developer Joesph Engo as a home network solution in 1999 or early 2000. That project grew in scope shortly afterwards, with developer Dan Kuykendall joining with Engo to expand the ideas of webdistro. By September 2000 the duo were hard at work on a new version of the project, renamed phpGroupWare, with a goal to "provide companies/universities/individuals with a complete, secure and flexible web-based groupware application and framework for building their own customer applications."[2]

Around August or September 2003, unhappiness with the development status of phpGroupWare manifested itself in the form of a fork of the project as eGroupWare. That fork was spearheaded by developers Lars Kneschke, Reiner Jung, Ralf Becker, and Pim Snel, giving the following statement[3]:

We are deeply displeased and frustrated about the way the project works at the moment and we have articulated this several times. We learned from the list, that not everyone shares that opinion, which is their full right. As we can't change the existing phpGroupWare project, we think that fork is necessary to create the project we want to be part of.

The team had hoped for a version 1.0 release of the software by October 2003[3]; however, the first stable 1.0.0 release didn't arrive until August 17, 2004.[1] A few months before the 1.0.0 release, eGroupWare was awarded the Project of the Month award for May 2004 on SourceForge.[4]

On March 30, 2005, the lead developers of the project voted to put into action a "constitution" to clarify how the project's administration and decision making would be handled.[5] Sometime in mid-2008 the developers quietly began to start referencing the project as "EGroupware."[6]

In May 2016, the project moved from SourceForge to Github.[7]


The main features of EGroupware include[8]:

  • templates
  • notifications and alerts
  • customizable interface
  • session, access, and error logging
  • database backup and restore
  • user-based security
  • data synch
  • calendars and planners
  • scheduling
  • e-mail integration
  • search tools
  • address book
  • file attachments and management
  • shared folders
  • commenting
  • time sheet
  • project manager
  • resource manager
  • wiki and knowledge base

Hardware/software requirements

Installation requirements for EGroupware include:

  • Apache 2.x or greater or IIS
  • PHP 4.3.x or greater
  • MySQL 4.1 (or 5.0) or PostgreSQL
  • an SMTP server

Consult the documentation for more information.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

  • A demo of EGroupware is available on the site.
  • Documentation for EGroupware can be found on the wiki.

Entities using EGroupware

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 "EGroupware README". SourceForge. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. " - The Project". Joesph Engo. Archived from the original on 20 September 2000. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "eGroupWare Project". Ralf Becker. Archived from the original on 10 September 2003. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  4. "Project of the Month, May 2004 - eGroupWare". SourceForge. August 2004. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  5. "Constitution for the eGroupWare project". Ralf Becker. Archived from the original on 07 May 2005. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  6. "EGroupware - Home". Ralf Becker. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  7. "eGroupWare - Files". SourceForge. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 01 September 2016. 
  8. "EGroupware Community Edition". Stylite AG. Retrieved 13 January 2013.