Project Web Services

Project Web

The project web service provides a robust web server platform which can be used to:

  • Host static HTML content about your project.
  • Run a Content Management System (CMS) or other dynamic website with content about your project.
  • Deploy third-party Open Source web applications to support the needs of your project team.
  • For those projects implementing web applications, give you a platform to run a demo for your users, or for your development team to perform testing.


As of Nov 2016 new projects will default to using https for their project web:

Currently registered projects will remain with their same settings but have the ability to switch their project web over at any point using the project web settings under Admin -> Project Web Hosting -> HTTPS. If for any reasons this is not desired the actions can be undone in the same location.

For assistance with converting your website to HTTPS see this page for more detailed instructions.

Quick Start Guide for Project Web

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

[jsmith@linux ~]$ sftp
Connecting to
The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is b0:a8:eb:30:ce:1a:0e:6a:4d:7a:6b:3a:0a:c6:27:60.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added ',' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.'s password:
sftp> cd /home/project-web/fooproject/htdocs
sftp> put index.html
Uploading index.html to /home/project-web/fooproject/htdocs/index.html
index.html                                                       100%  241     0.2KB/s   00:01
sftp> exit

The key to this process is authenticating.

Connection Settings

If using a GUI SFTP client (such as Filezilla) to upload to Project web, the following settings should be used:

Setting: Value

Protocol: SFTP
Port: 22
Username: Your Login Name (User Name) (e.g. jsmith)
Password: Your Login Password
Upload path: /home/project-web/fooproject/htdocs

Note: via SFTP, the /home/project-web/ directory will appear empty, however, if you navigate directly to the /home/project-web/fooproject/ directory, you will be able to access your project web files.


  • Our project web servers frequently handle more than 50M hits per day; we handle server scaling, load balancing, and performance tuning.
  • The project 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.
  • Support for several database platforms is provided, including MySQL (through our Project Database service), DBM, and SQLite.
  • Project web content may be uploaded using our File management service or be managed directly using our Shell service.
  • Each project is allocated the VHOST (virtual host), which is used to serve their project web content.
  • Our servers will answer traffic for a domain you register, when configured as a custom VHOST.
  • Common web server features are provided, such as mod_rewrite, Server-Side Includes (SSI), HTTP Basic Auth, and custom error handler support.
  • Service usage is not restricted by quotas.


  • Project web service is an "always-on" service; no opt-in is necessary. To begin using project web, simply upload new content or scripts to your project web space.
  • Uploads may be performed using SFTP, 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 project web space, it will redirect to your project's Summary page on SourceForge.

Re-directing to Another Site

Many projects simply want their developer web page to point to their own site hosted elsewhere.

This is allowed and may be achieved via an HTML redirect or a PHP redirect. An example for PHP:

/* Redirect browser */
/* Make sure that code below does not get executed when we redirect. */

Place this in the directory as file name index.php and set the URL to be the URL of the Hosted App desired to be the main page for your developer web space.

An example for HTML:

<html lang="en">
    <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
    <!--Redirect browser, 3 indicates number of seconds before redirect-->
    <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="3;URL=">
        <p>Redirecting to: <a href=""></a></p>

Special Filesystem Permissions

The filesystem for your project-web files has special handling of permissions, which makes it easy for multiple users to cooperate when updating the projects files without having to worry about file ownership issues that used to restrict and/or hamper file changes. For full details, see Project Web Filesystem Permissions. That page also explains how to make your files writable by your own web apps on the project-web servers.


At, each project is provided the (replace UNIXNAME with the your project's UNIX name) subdomain. You may access your project web site via web browser at:
or (if http):

For example, the project web site for the "leaf" project may be seen at:


Users may find data to help trouble shoot their project web space by looking over the Apache log files.

Users may copy one or more error.log.web-NUM.gz files from /home/project-web/error_logs.

Custom VHOSTs

Project web sites may additionally be served using a domain you register. Our servers will route this traffic to your project web site when configured through our Custom VHOST service.

For example, the phpMyAdmin project on has a project web site which can be accessed at or

Backups performs routine backups for all of our servers and will restore from these backups in the event of catastrophic server failure. We encourage projects to make their own backups of project web data as that data restore can be performed by the project in the event of accidental data destruction by a member of the project team.

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

Service-specific restrictions

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

  • We encourage all projects to display the logo we provide for statistics tracking (sflogo) to highlight that the site is hosted on
  • Content and applications in project web space must be related to the project. For hosting of personal content, please instead use our developer web service.
  • We ask that all projects give consideration to resource usage, particularly since our servers are shared among many projects. Our servers may not be used for bandwidth intensive or CPU-intensive (e.g. SETI or brute force cryptography cracking) things. Similarly, project web may not be used to host services, such as MMORPG games or whole-Internet search engines.

Changes as of February 2011

We made a number of improvements in our February 2011 project-web upgrade:

  • A new server pool with upgraded software (such as php 5.3 instead of 5.2)
  • You may need to tweak your php scripts to work with some practices that were made obsolete in 5.3.
  • Authorized email can be sent from project-web applications.
  • The upload path for files changed to /home/project-web/PROJECT_NAME.
  • The old upload path of /home/groups/P/PR/PROJECT_NAME will continue to work for a while, but you should transition over to the new path as soon as possible.
  • You should edit any scripts that refer to the old /home/groups and/or /home/persistent path
  • There is no longer a /home/persistent directory for projects, as the main filesystem now supports a user-selectable write permission for your web applications.
  • If you had content in your /home/persistent/P/PR/PROJECT_NAME directory, it has been copied to the directory /home/project-web/PROJECT_NAME/persistent and the permissions modified as necessary to work with the new filesystem.
  • Any symlinks that pointed into /home/persistent have been updated for you during the copy.
  • You should mark any files containing secrets (such as DB passwords) as only owner and group readable (without world readability). That will keep your secrets known only to project members and your own web apps.
  • You can feel free to relocate files/directories out of this persistent directory into your normal htdocs hierarchy, as you see fit.
  • One thing that is nice about having the writable area separate is that you can more easily make sure that the main files in the htdocs directory are not marked as group-writable, which means that they can't be exploited by a web-app vulnerability.
  • Improve file permissions for all your files (see above: Special Filesystem Permissions)

Changes as of November 2016

  • New projects will by default use HTTPS for their project web (
  • Current projects have the ability the change their project web from HTTP to HTTPS.


Documentation: Custom VHOSTs
Documentation: Project Database
Documentation: Project Web Filesystem Permissions
Documentation: Shell Service
Documentation: ToC

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