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Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Atlassian Confluence

Atlassian Corporation Plc is a software company founded in 2002 that develops products for software developers, project managers and other software development teams. It employs over 7,000 people and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

Atlassian’s range of proprietary software includes software for collaboration, development, and issue tracking software for teams. Atlassian dominates several markets where it still has intense competition.

Broadly speaking, they offer software in three large buckets: These are software development tools; help desk software, or IT service management; and workflow management software. When you think of Atlassian, think project management and collaboration tools.

Many of their programs use a number of open source components. And their GitHub repositories hold lots of open source code. But their main range of software is published under a proprietary license. This series looks at free and open source alternatives to Atlassian’s products.

Atlassian ConfluenceAtlassian Confluence is a web-based corporate wiki written in Java. It’s billed as a remote-friendly team workspace where knowledge and collaboration meet.

Confluence is available for Linux but it’s proprietary software. What are the best free and open source alternatives?


1. MediaWiki

MediaWiki is a superb wiki package originally written for Wikipedia, a free encyclopedia project. It is now used by several other projects of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation and by many other wikis. It is designed to handle a large number of users and pages without imposing too rigid a structure or workflow.


2. DokuWiki

DokuWiki is a standards compliant, simple to use Wiki, mainly aimed at creating documentation of any kind. It is targeted at developer teams, workgroups and small companies. It has a simple but powerful syntax which makes sure the datafiles remain readable outside the Wiki and eases the creation of structured texts. Its Secure LDAP (LDAPS) plugin enables it to connect to LDAP and Active Directory services.


3. XWiki

XWiki is a wiki software package which allows users to collaborate with others. It offers all the features that you can find in a typical wiki.

This is an Enterprise wiki, with many features needed for professional usage such as Wiki, Comments, Blogs, User Rights, LDAP Authentication and PDF export.


There are many other open source wiki software available for Linux.

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Alternatives to Atlassian's Products
Atlassian BambooBamboo is a continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) tool that ties automated builds, tests, and releases in a single workflow.
Atlassian BitbucketBitbucket is a Git-based source code repository hosting service. Bitbucket Server is a combination Git server and web interface product written in Java and built with Apache Maven.
Atlassian ConfluenceConfluence is a web-based corporate wiki written in Java. It’s billed as a remote-friendly team workspace where knowledge and collaboration meet.
Atlassian JiraJira is an issue tracking product that offers bug tracking and agile project management. The software provides a wide range of extensions and integrations.
Atlassian Jira Service ManagementJira Service Management offers an IT service management (ITSM) solution offering request management, incident management problem management and more.
Atlassian OpsgenieOpsgenie is a modern incident management platform that ensures critical incidents are never missed, and actions are taken by the right people promptly.
Atlassian SourcetreeSourcetree is a Git client that simplifies how you interact with your Git repositories so you can focus on coding.
Atlassian StatuspageStatuspage brings companies and customers together during downtime with incident communication.
Atlassian TrelloTrello is a web-based, Kanban-style, list-making application. The software is developed by Trello Enterprise, a subsidiary of Atlassian.
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