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Oxwall software logo.jpg
Developer(s) Oxwall Foundation
Initial release January 14, 2011 (2011-01-14) (1.0)[1]
Stable release

1.8.7  (January 27, 2020; 3 years ago (2020-01-27))

Preview release none [±]
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English
Type Social networking software,
Personal information management software
License(s) Common Public Attribution License
Website Oxwall.org

Oxwall is a free open-source social networking software platform. The strength of the platform is strongly based on plugins, which act as "complete units of functionality."[2]

Product history

In early 2009 Oxwall began life as OpenWack, an open-source project started by software developer Skalfa eCommerce.[3] It was mostly an empty framework at the time of introduction, and significant alpha and beta development followed. On July 24, 2010, the OpenWack team announced in unclear terms that a potential threat to the project came in the form of a name dispute, prompting the team to rename the project to "Oxwall."[4] After more betas and release candidates, version 1.0 of Oxwall finally arrived on January 14, 2011.[1] On April 6, the development team announced that with the release of version 1.1 of Oxwall, the project would be transferred from Skalfa to a new entity, the Oxwall Foundation, in effect granting intellectual rights and the Oxwall trademark in the process.[5]

Citing criticism for lack of content management system tools, the developers announced in 2015 that they would update content management tools, "refine existing interfaces and rethink some basic assumptions in the product, and how they match real life usage patterns." The development team also said it would improve the mobile version as well as documentation on the software.[6]


The extended features of Oxwall are essentially defined by the plugins added to the architecture. As Oxwall is essentially a platform for further plugins or modules, extended features may vary. However, some of the base features of Oxwall include[2]:

  • photo and video sharing
  • blog, forum, and wiki support
  • group, event, and friend management
  • comment, tag, and rating management
  • privacy and profile customization
  • collaboration tools

Hardware/software requirements

There are several installation methods for Oxwall. For manual installation, server host requirements for Oxwall include:

  • Apache 2 or higher (with mod_rewrite module)
  • PHP 5.2.6 or higher (with specific modules and settings)
  • MySQL 5.0 or higher
  • GD Library 2 with FreeType support
  • a mail server
  • Cron

Consult the installation guide for the fine details.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Entities using Oxwall

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sarnogoev, Emil (14 January 2011). "Oxwall 1.0 stable + plugin updates!". Oxwall Foundation. http://blog.oxwall.org/tag/1-0. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Oxwall Software". Oxwall Foundation. http://www.oxwall.org/index. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  3. "OpenWack - Open Source Community Software". Skalfa eCommerce. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20090215222630/http://www.openwack.org/. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  4. Sarnogoev, Emil (24 July 2010). "OpenWack is now Oxwall!". Skalfa eCommerce. Archived from the original on 06 August 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100806031226/http://www.openwack.org/blog/2010/07. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  5. Sarnogoev, Emil (6 April 2011). "Oxwall Foundation". Oxwall Foundation. http://blog.oxwall.org/2011/04/oxwall-foundation. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  6. Ismail, Kaya (6 February 2015). "Oxwall Reveals New Focus On Interface & Mobile Going Into 2015". CMS Critic. https://www.cmscritic.com/oxwall-reveals-new-focus-on-interface-mobile-going-into-2015/. Retrieved 15 February 2016.