SourceForge.net is a source code repository. It acts as a centralized location for software developers to control and manage open source software development. SourceForge.net is operated by Sourceforge, Inc. (formerly VA Software) and runs a version of the SourceForge software, forked from the last open-source version available. , SourceForge.net hosts more than 180,000 projects and more than 1.9 million registered users, although it does contain many dormant or single-user projects.
SourceForge.net 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.
The domain sourceforge.net attracted at least 28 million visitors annually by 2008 according to a Compete.com survey.
In 2008, the design of project pages has been updated, and now most of the information is inaccessible without ECMAScript.
SourceForge.net 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 SourceForge.net, you grant SourceForge a perpetual proprietary license.
The entire SourceForge.net website was banned in mainland China around 2002, though the ban was later lifted in 2003. Sourceforge.net 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.