Top 5 open source Q&A systems

List of the open source Q&A implementation or stackoverflow-like website, with “Active” development and promising features and community.

P.S This list is not in any particular order.

1. OSQA

osqa

2. Shapado

shapado

3. Askbot

askbot

4. Question2Answer

question2answer

5. LampCMS

lampcms
Best Engine ?
Personally, i will go for OSQA, for their huge community in DZone.

References

  1. MongoDB
  2. MongoMapper
  3. Django Web Framework
  4. GNU GPL license
  5. Stack Overflow clones

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Luís
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Luís

Anyone here using AskBot? The project seems to be dead. Most of the code is over 5 years old, the documentation is disgruntled and the user forum is frozen.

Prateek Agarwal
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Prateek Agarwal

Really good post.. I selected Question2Answers easiest to setup and with minimum resources..

Avnish alok
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Avnish alok

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Debjit Saha
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Debjit Saha

Question2Answers is by far the best free Q&A software as of now. It has a vibrant community of developers and theme designers and is only growing!!!

Mukesh
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Mukesh

I wanted to create a Q&A site for kids at home. Was struggling with osqa and django when I saw this and the question2answer setup worked just fine in less than 5 minutes as claimed. Thank you.

– Mukesh

mahesh
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mahesh

tankq

James
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James
There are some pretty nice options available to you when it comes to Open Source, I’ve listed the best 3 that I’m aware of: OSQA is an open source Q&A platform similar to StackExchange, definitely worth looking at if you’re considering open source. Askbot is also a Python Django platform modeled on StackExchange, so should be considered as well Django Brainstorm is again, a Python Django based platform developed by Sunlight Labs and can do the job also People may also want to consider a SaaS solution if you’re considering open source, as these solutions are automatically updated/updated/supported and require… Read more »
Keshav
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Keshav

I mkyong,nice site and nice examples on various technologies.GR8 work i must say.
I am requesting you to write little explanation for each bit of your tutorials.
That will be gr8 helpful.

thanks n regards
Keshav

salvatore
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salvatore

that’s very nice and informative article! I would like to suggest also PHPMyFAQ and Qwench for similar purpose. Greetings from Italy, Salvatore

Robert Millar
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Robert Millar

I just wanted to add that a lot of businesses really don’t want the complexity and the “basic” look of many

open source Q&A systems. Busy business owners just don’t have the time to tweak and tool around with software offerings that aren’t ready to go, right out of the box.

I believe that this is the main reason that developers gravitate towards platforms like Question2Answers, while businesses gravitate towards platforms like Qhub.com. And for the most part, providing business solutions is key.

(Disclaimer – I own Qhub.com)

Robert Millar
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Robert Millar

BTW, Qhub is now free of charge! :)

Sathishkumar
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Sathishkumar

This is great and can you please tell me which one contains more features. Which one you prefer more among these ? I looking for your reply.

Thanks
Sathish

abhishek maheshwari
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abhishek maheshwari

There are some pretty nice options available to you when it comes to Open Source, one off them is AnswerCart (http://www.answercart.com/). They provide a community platform to the businesses which can be integrated with websites or mobile apps. Using community, users can engage in Q&A, blogging and socialization or in short we help organizations to build their own forum like Quora or StackOverflow.

As compare to other the solution is little cheaper.