|Developer(s)||Carsten Schmitz, Jason Cleeland, others|
|Initial release||February 20, 2003|
[ (August 17, 2022 ) ±]
Customer service software|
|License(s)||GNU General Public License v2|
LimeSurvey (formerly PHPSurveyor) is an open-source web-based survey application. Designed to be user-friendly, it enables users to develop and publish surveys, and collect responses, without doing any coding. While the software and rudimentary support is free, the developers use an optional donation system to help fund associated servers, support, and development.
In 2004, during the 2004 U.S. presidential election, PHPSurveyor was used to gather data about voting irregularities. It identified over 13500 incidents in the first 10 hours of voting and was selected as part of their Election Incident Reporting System.
Starting in early 2005, Carsten Schmitz, a German IT project manager, started taking on some of the lead developer responsibilities, with the full project being transfered to him in 2006. On May 17, 2007 the project name was changed from PHPSurveyor to LimeSurvey in order to make software licensing easier by not including PHP in the name.
In 2009, LimeSurvey participated in the Google Summer of Code, a program encouraging students older than 18 years old to work on projects aimed at helping open-source projects. The student projects helped develop the interface and statistical modules of the upcoming LimeSurvey 2.0.. LimeSurvey once again participated in Google Summer of Code in 2010, with students developing a database storage engine for LimeSurvey 2.0, and implementing the much demanded "file upload question" type..
- unlimited surveys, survey questions, and survey participants
- multilingual surveys
- user management
- quota management
- multimedia support
- conditional survey questions
- optional survey registration
- survey template and WYSIWYG HTML editor
- import and export support
The software is available in over 50 different languages.
Installation requirements include:
- a hosting server with MySQL 4.1.0 or later, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 or later, or Postgres 8.1 or later
- PHP 5.1.2 or later
- mbstring (Multibyte String Functions) extension library
- mysql5 or pgsql PHP library
- a web browser that can render the application correctly
For more requirements, see the installation documentation.
Videos, screenshots, and other media
Screenshots of an older version 1.53 can be found here.
An online demo of LimeSurvey can be found here.
A list of tutorial videos is available on the LimeServer FAQ page.
Entities using LimeSurvey
Examples of entities that use LimeSurvey include:
Arizona State University, ARS Electronica, Austrian Vorarlberg State Government, GNOME Foundation, Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica, OpenOffice.org, Syracuse University, Ubuntu Server Team, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Universidade de Sao Paulo, University of Kiel, University of Sydney
A full directory of LimeSurvey users can be found at the LimeSurvey website.
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- "PHPSurveyor is now LimeSurvey!". LimeSurvey.com. 17 May 2007. http://www.limesurvey.org/en/component/content/article/1-general-news/64-phpsurveyor-is-now-limesurvey. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
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- "Google Summer of Code students selected! On your mark, get set...". LimeSurvey.org. 30 April 2010. http://www.limesurvey.org/en/component/content/article/198-gsoc-students-2010.
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