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Open-LIMS logo.jpg
Developer(s) Roman Konertz, others
Initial release December 23, 2010 (2010-12-23) (Alpha[1]
Discontinued  (January 20, 2014; 10 years ago (2014-01-20))

Preview release none [±]
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Laboratory informatics software
License(s) GNU General Public License v3

Open-LIMS was a free extensible open-source project management suite designed to be organism- and structure-independent. Its design was based upon a workflow that encompasses pre-experimental and experimental processes. Post-experimental procedures such as data analysis could be added through software extensions.[2]

Product history

Open-LIMS appears to be the brainchild of Roman Konertz, a graduate student with the "Dictyostelium discoideum Functional Analysis" project at the University of Cologne.[3][4] A SourceForge project was started for Open-LIMS on November 24, 2010, followed by the first public release of the software about a month later.[1] The release was classified as an unstable alpha "for evaluation and testing purpose only."[5]

Until 2014, no stable production-ready version of the software had been released, with unstable test releases being released from 2011 to 2012. A stable version was finally released on January 20, 2014.[6]

As of May 2021, the last update was 2014. As such, the project is considered abandoned or discontinued.


The features of Open-LIMS were not clear. However, Konertz claims the features of Open-LIMS were closely tied to the needs of biological laboratories working in functional genomics, especially those in microarray and microscopy projects.[4]

Hardware/software requirements

Preliminary requirements could be found here.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Early screenshots of Open-LIMS could be found at the Open-LIMS website.

Demo information could be found here.

Entities using Open-LIMS

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Konertz, Roman (23 December 2011). "Upcoming changes and improvements in 2012". Roman Konertz. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  2. "Open-LIMS - Concept". Roman Konertz. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  3. Eichinger, Ludwig. "Dictyostelium discoideum Team". Institute for Biochemistry, University of Cologne. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Application Range". Roman Konertz. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  5. Konertz, Roman (23 December 2010). "Preview-Version is ready for download now". Roman Konertz. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  6. Konertz, Roman (20 January 2014). "Version published". Roman Konertz. Retrieved 28 April 2014.