Project Management

5 Best Free and Open Source Linux Project Management Software

Project management tools encompass many different types of software such as scheduling, resource allocation, collaboration software, quality management, and cost control / budget management. This type of software is typically used by project managers looking to plan and control resources, costs and schedules to meet the objectives of a project.

To help plan a project, there are a number of different types of project management tools. One of the industry standards is the Gantt Chart, which provides a graphical displays of all the tasks that a project is composed of. Each bar on the chart is a graphical representation of the length of time the task is planned to take. Other popular tools include PERT charts (a method for analyzing the tasks involved in completing a project), Product Breakdown Structure (a hierarchical tree structure of components that make up a project deliverable), and Work Breakdown Structure (a hierarchical tree structure of deliverables and tasks that need to be performed to complete a project).

Project management tools offer many advantages when it comes to project planning and tracking. Gantt charts are synonymous with project management. The ability to get an overview of a project visually in the form of a simple to understand chart should not be underestimated. But good project management software offers so much more functionality.

Here’s our updated recommendations for the finest free and open source project management software. We’ve relocated web-based project management software to a separate roundup.

Ratings chart for the best free and open source project management software

Click the links in the table below to learn more about each application.

Project Management Software
ProjectLibreStandalone replacement for Microsoft Project
GanttProjectGraphical Java program for editing Gantt charts
TaskjugglerModern and powerful open source project management tool
MyCollabProject Management, CRM and Document Management
PlannerThe GNOME project management tool

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Joachim Jacob
Joachim Jacob
6 years ago

Thanks. Could you please always provide the date of your articles. So I can see how up to date this list is.

Stephen
Stephen
6 years ago

Web2Project often gets missed from these tests… Its superior to a fair number on these listings so worth a review.

Graham Weston
Graham Weston
6 years ago
Reply to  Stephen

Web2Project often is not recommended because it’s not as good as popular open source project management software. It hasn’t had a release since October 2014. I admit it’s been a long while since I tried it (v3.0), but I suspect it’s still lacking the features I need.

prashant patel
prashant patel
5 years ago

thanks for the information. i loves using project management software for the business because of the advanced tools it has. there are many advantages of using the project management software and the best feature i like about this software is Real-time Reporting and Portfolio-Wide Visibility.

Livetecs
Livetecs
5 years ago

I appreciate your research time to find your open source project management tools that are available in the market. Simply thank you for doing great work. Please update the list of tools for future.

Dennis Schieber
Dennis Schieber
5 years ago

Thanks a lot for your review.
Would it be possible to publish an overview table to show the rated criteria to understand your rating.
E.g. I’m especially interested in multi project management, but I would prefer not installing a server.

Troy Yang
Troy Yang
3 years ago

Good, how are ZenTao? I don’t even see it on the list.

Question
Question
3 years ago

Does anyone know if there is an off-line management software that does not require a server? with simple install on Linux?

Fez
Fez
7 months ago

You missed one of the best community/enterprise packages out there. Project In A Box and its brother Planner. Both of which are free and as powerful if not more so than MS Project and some of these open source programs.

sys
sys
1 month ago

> Does anyone know if there is an off-line management software that does not require a server? with simple install on Linux?

Calligra Plan: