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Developer Web

The SourceForge.net developer web service provides a robust web server platform (similar to our project web offering) which can be used to:

  • Host static HTML content about you and your interests, such as a Resume or CV, or a website about your hobbies.
  • Deploy third-party Open Source web applications, such as a Blog. (We also provide a number of popular Open Source web applications for your immediate use through our Hosted Apps offering.)
  • Test code when working to develop web-based applications.

Developer web is only available to members of projects hosted on SourceForge.net.

Quick Start Guide for Developer Web

What's that you say, you want to just get to it? Use one of our supported protocols like SFTP to upload your files:

[jsmith@linux ~]$ sftp jsmith@frs.sourceforge.net
Connecting to frs.sourceforge.net...
The authenticity of host 'frs.sourceforge.net (' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is 68:b3:26:02:a0:07:e4:78:d4:ec:7f:2f:6a:4d:32:c5.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added 'frs.sourceforge.net,' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.
jsmith@frs.sourceforge.net's password:
sftp> cd userweb/htdocs
sftp> put index.html
Uploading index.html to /home/users/j/js/jsmith/userweb/htdocs/index.html
index.html                                                                                       100%  241     0.2KB/s   00:01
sftp> exit


  • Developer web runs from our project web server pool. Our project web servers frequently handle more than 50M hits per day; we handle server scaling, load balancing, and performance tuning.
  • The developer web platform has been standardized on CentOS 5.x Linux, running Apache 2.2.x.
  • Support for many programming languages, including PHP (via mod_php), Perl, Python, Tcl, Ruby, and shell scripts.
  • Developer web content may be uploaded using our File management service or be managed directly using our Shell service.
  • Each user is allocated the USERNAME.users.sourceforge.net VHOST (virtual host), which is used to serve their project web content.
  • Common web server features are provided, such as mod_rewrite, Server-Side Includes (SSI), HTTP Basic Auth, and custom error handler support.
  • Web analytics are available using Piwik, part of our Hosted Apps offering.
  • Service usage is not restricted by quotas.


Developer web service is an "always-on" service; no opt-in is necessary. To begin using developer web, simply upload new content or scripts to your developer web space.

Uploads may be performed using our File management service, or you may choose to manage your files directly over a SSH session to our interactive shell service.

Until you upload an index page to your developer web space, a default index page will be shown, containing details about your user account.

The files for your developer web site should be uploaded or moved into the userweb/htdocs folder.


Virtual hosts (VHOSTs) are a way of serving many websites from a single pool of servers. At SourceForge.net, each user is provided the USERNAME.users.sourceforge.net (replace USERNAME with the your SourceForge.net username) VHOST. You may access your project web site via web browser at: http://USERNAME.users.sourceforge.net


SourceForge.net performs routine backups for all of our servers and will restore from these backups in the event of catastrophic server failure. We encourage users to make their own backups of their developer web data as that data restore can be performed by the user in the event of accidental data destruction.

Backups of developer web data may be made using the File management service.

Service-specific restrictions

Our policies require the following when using the developer web service, in addition to the requirements of our Terms of Use:

  • We ask that all users give consideration to resource usage, particularly since our servers are shared among many projects and users. Our servers may not be used for bandwidth intensive or CPU-intensive (e.g. SETI or brute force cryptography cracking) things. Similarly, developer web may not be used to host services, such as MMORPG games or whole-Internet search engines.

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