The ownCloud Open Source Project

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About the ownCloud Community

It was in 2010 that ownCloud was born from a talk on data privacy, warning the audience about the risks to their privacy from cloud vendors like Dropbox. So, build it yourself they said. And, ownCloud the open source project, and its nascent community was created.

The ownCloud project works in the open as a community because the value of our core assets grows through our collaborative development.

  • Innovation:  the combined contributions and experience of the global open source community drive excellence, creativity and constant innovation
  • Freedom:  availability of the code means complete transparency and the ability to customize ownCloud to meet your unique needs
  • Influence: participation from contributors at all levels helps build the best product with the influence of multiple perspectives

While ownCloud GmbH was formed in 2011 to help serve the needs of the enterprises with the Enterprise Edition, this would not be possible without the continued support of the open source community.  With almost 10 million lines of code from 100,000 commits and more than 1,000 contributors, ownCloud boasts one of the largest open source teams in the world – in the top 2 percent of all project teams.  It is estimated that ownCloud has more than 10 million users.

ownCloud has been translated into 70 different languages and boasts an app store with over 300 apps.  Development continues in GitHub and is open to contributors interested in developing, testing, designing and more.

To learn more about the ownCloud community, please visit  To learn more about the ownCloud Foundation, please visit

To understand the differences between ownCloud Server and ownCloud Enterprise Edition, please visit the comparison page.

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