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Developer(s) nuSoftware
Initial release June 10, 2009 (2009-06-10) (09.06.10)[1]
Stable release 4.5 (as nuBuilderForte)  (September 19, 2023; 9 months ago (2023-09-19)) [±]
Preview release None [±]
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Software development
License(s) GNU General Public License v3.0

nuBuilder is a free web-based open-source web application builder.

Product history

nuBuilder started out as a closed-source, proprietary application created by nuSoftware in 2003.[2] The company decided to make the software freely available under the open-source model in 2009, starting a new SourceForge project in June of that year. The first open-source release followed on June 10 as version 09.06.10.[1] This date-based versioning continued until the February 15, 2012 release as version 2.5.0.[3][4]

On February 20, 2014, the developers announced a complete rebuild of nuBuilder as nuBuilder Pro, technically a 3.0 version.[5] The initial nuBuilder code had been put on GitHub on January 5[6], with a few updates arriving afterwards. Unlike its predecessor, nuBuilderPro does not seem to receive versioned updates. Updates appear to be made to the software, but a version number is not incremented. The software can be self-hosted, or nuSoftware can host it for you for a fee.[7]

In December 2017, the software morphed again into nuBuilder Forte, the fourth iteration of the software, stating that "its application development tool is now a low-code, open-source alternative for citizen developers." They defined a citizen developer as "a person not employed as a programmer, that builds software applications to help manage processes inside a business," and the low-code nature gives such developers the ability "to own what they create and host it wherever they want."[8] Like its predecessor nuBuilderPro, the software doesn't receive versioned updates, with increments in version number.

The former GitHub repository disappeared, and the code now appears to be hosted on SourceForge. Additionally, the developers don't appear to release incremented versions of the software but choose to overwrite the original version, thus ending up with a perpetual version number until a major update is made (e.g., from 4.0 to 4.5).


Features of nuBuilder include[9]:

  • query support
  • data validation
  • user-based security
  • dynamic data display
  • extensibility

Hardware/software requirements

The Windows installer comes packaged with the necessary components to run nuBuilder.

For Linux installations, you'll need:

  • Apache
  • PHP (MySQL extension required)
  • MySQL
  • Postfix (optional)

More information for Linux installations can be found here.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Entities using nuBuilder

Further reading

External links

nuBuilder Forte can also be found on SourceForge. However, use caution when downloading and installing from there; the install package may contain undesirable add-on software.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Files: Home / nubuilder". SourceForge. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  2. "Legislative Council - Wednesday 5 March 2008" (PDF). South Australian House of Parliament Legislative Council Hansard. 5 March 2008. p. 2027. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  3. "Change Log". nuSoftware. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  4. "Files: Home". SourceForge. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  5. Copley, Steven (20 February 2014). "nuBuilder Pro is Here!". nuSoftware. Retrieved 06 January 2016. 
  6. "nuBuilderPro - Initial commit". GitHub. 4 January 2014. Retrieved 06 January 2016. 
  7. "Hosting Plans". nuSoftware. Retrieved 06 January 2016. 
  8. nuSoftware (12 December 2017). "Look out world!". nuBlog. Retrieved 04 June 2019. 
  9. "What is nuBuilder?". nuSoftware. Retrieved 16 November 2012.