Goodbye, SourceForge.


It’s sad to look at what has become of you.

What happened?

SourceForge, once a  trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to shamelessly bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.


Update: SF claims they will stop this shady practice and their malware-laden installers will be opt-in only – [1], [2].


Update #2: SF (and Slashdot) have been sold. New owner wants to "return SourceForge to its glory days".


Posts from project admins/members about hijacking:


SF's profiles with projects they took over:
sf-editor, sf-editor1, sf-editor2, sf-editor3.

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So long and thanks for all the fish.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

Mirror operators,

please consider if you want to continue supporting SF. It was once a useful open source software archive, but those days are gone. Installers bundled with crapware are effectively distributed to and downloaded from your servers.

Where to move?

Chances are you already moved your projects out of SF, if you ever had any on there. There are many options where to host your work:

git     mercurial subversion cvs bazaar fossil issue tracker wiki web hosting mailing list binary downloads free public repos free private repos self–hostable
Bitbucket yes yes no no no no yes yes yes no yes yes yes yes
Chisel no no no no no yes yes yes no no yes yes yes
Codebase yes yes yes no no no yes yes yes no no yes yes no
FossHub no no no no no no yes yes yes no yes yes yes yes
GitBucket yes no no no no no yes yes no no no yes yes yes
GitHub yes no yes no no no yes yes yes no yes yes no
GitLab yes no no no no no yes yes yes no no yes yes yes
Gogs yes no no no no no yes yes yes no no yes yes yes
HgLab no yes no no no no no yes no no yes no no
Kallithea yes yes no no no no yes yes no no n/a n/a yes
Launchpad yes no no no yes no yes no no yes yes yes yes yes
RhodeCode yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes yes yes yes
Savannah yes yes yes yes yes no yes yes yes yes yes yes no yes
Tuleap yes no yes no no no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

GitLab Community Edition is a popular open source GitHub alternative. Some companies provide a free GitLab instance to host your projects: