cordon-net is a source code repository. It acts as a centralized location for software developers to control and manage open source software development. is operated by Sourceforge, Inc. (formerly VA Software) and runs a version of the SourceForge software, forked from the last open-source version available. , hosts more than 180,000 projects and more than 1.9 million registered users, although it does contain many dormant or single-user projects. has offered free access to hosting and tools for developers of free software / open source software for several years, and has become well-known within such development communities for these services. competes with other providers such as RubyForge,, BountySource, BerliOS, JavaForge and GNU Savannah.

The domain attracted at least 28 million visitors annually by 2008 according to a survey.

In 2008, the design of project pages has been updated, and now most of the information is inaccessible without ECMAScript.

Offerings allows any project uniquely named in its registry to be sub-domained as or This gives some prominent URL branding to a project and a high activity in it can get the project listed on the main page as a Top Project. Having a high number of registered members numbering over a million, and often been researched for project information, any participating project can gain fast access to the market of developers and users for a short and efficient adoption rate. provides storage space for a project to house content such as a wiki, MySQL database, source code versions managed with CVS or Subversion, and even their own website pages at the subdomain location.

By uploading code to, you grant SourceForge a perpetual proprietary license.

Temporary ban in mainland China

The entire website was banned in mainland China around 2002, though the ban was later lifted in 2003. had been blocked in China as of June 26, 2008. This blocking may be related to the recent protests of Beijing Olympic Games, which began on 8 August, 2008. This follows the China-boycott of the developer(s) of the (sourceforge hosted) FOSS software product Notepad++. The project's developer said that the action is not against Chinese people, but against Chinese government's repression against Tibetan unrest earlier in this year. This ban was lifted on July 23, 2008.

Banned countries

In its terms of use, SourceForge states that its services are not available to users in countries on the sanction list of the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (e.g., Cuba and Iran). , people from those countries can browse SourceForge projects and download from them, but access to the secure server ( is not allowed. This means that people coming from those IP addresses can't login to SourceForge or contribute to projects.

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