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Web Sites

The information Web site

A general information page giving a high-level overview of what DSpace is, and some ideas and pointers for implementing DSpace in your organisation.

The DSpace Wiki

Where you are right now!

A Wiki is a dynamic Web site that can easily be edited by anyone (yes, anyone). This makes it a great collaboration tool. The DSpace Wiki contains up-to-the-minute technical information about the DSpace platform, and what people around the world are doing with DSpace. If you're working with DSpace, please post what you're doing to the Wiki! You can also find out if others are doing or have done similar work!

Particularly useful pages on the Wiki: *Main+Page

  • Home – Most of the latest and greatest information can be found directly off the homepage. Check out the "DSpace Community" section for general information, the "Running DSpace" section for how to get started, and the "Developers" section for latest Developer news and a current roadmap.




  • LessonsLearned – Learn from other DSpace teams and share lessons you learned about building a DSpace service.

DSpace Demo Site

The DSpace Demo Site is a live installation of the latest version of DSpace software. It is setup such that the maximum number of DSpace features is enabled, so that you can get a better sense of all the various things that DSpace can do. This demo site also allows anyone to login as any "role" in DSpace: System Administrator, Community/Collection Administration, Submitter or basic user (Demo logins are provided in the introductory text of the XMLUI and JSPUI on the demo site). Finally, all user and system interfaces are provided (e.g. XMLUI, JSPUI, SWORD, LNI, OAI-PMH) - a full list of them is on the splashpage of the demo site.

Occasionally, the data in the demo site may be removed or refreshed. This demo site is not meant to provide permanent storage of content and is not indexed by Google or other search engines.

If you run into issues or have questions, feel free to contact us on one of the Mailing Lists or in the IRC chatroom.

DSpace Source Code / Downloads

DSpace Issue Tracking, Feature Requests, and Patches

The DSpace Jira system Ticketing System tracks bugs, feature requests and patches for past, current and future versions of DSpace. It also permits voting on those issues you are interested in, and registering to receive updates - if you create yourself an account.

There are currently two main sections in DSpace Jira:

  • DSpace 1.x section - This is for reporting of any bugs, feature requests or patches within any of the DSpace 1.x versions.
  • DSpace 2.x section - This section is being used by the DSpace+2.0 development team to track issues or feature requests that have come up in their work.

DSpace Community Sandbox

We maintain a community sandbox at Google Code at

Instructions on usage

Follow the instructions there for getting a google code account and requesting membership to the project.
Generally, the rules are such...

  • There is no fine grained access control so "be careful" and don't change others work without talking about it first.
  • Ask about project structure etc, we are working to try to organize the space so it stays clean
  • If you want commit rights, email the developers list with your GoogleCode account and you will be added.

Project Structure

  • Addon Projects Projects that are designed to "add on" to dspace without altering core libraries
  • Prototypes Prototypes are branches of the core codebase, where experimental development of the core codebase can happen
  • Team Custom build plugins that are part of the DSpace build process.
  • Read Only Mirror The Mirror is an automated sync with the S.F. repository and off limits to commits by regular users.

Documentation and Guides

DSpace System Documentation

*Standard System Documentation *

DSpace System Documentation is included with each DSpace download. Look in the

Code Block

folder once you unzip the download.

Documentation for recent versions of DSpace is also available online:

Finally, the latest DSpace System Documentation is browsable from Subversion.

Other formats and translations

  • Japanese
  • Spanish


Installing DSpace

Start with the DSpace System Documentation.
Platform and distribution-specific tips and guides can be found on the DSpace Installation page.

Customizing DSpace

  • Build Cookbook has examples of adding your local changes to a DSpace 1.5 binary distribution.

*DSpace how-to guide: tips and tricks for managing common DSpace chores (DSpace version 1.4.2 and Manakin 1.1) by Tim Donohue, Scott Phillips and Dorothea Salo - This short booklet is intended to introduce the common, non-obvious customization-related tasks for newcomers to DSpace administration. It has been written against the version 1.4.x of DSpace (1.4.2 specifically) and Manakin 1.x (1.1 specifically) . It's meant to be usable across all platforms (Linux, Windows, Mac). This booklet was a handout from the "Making DSpace Your Own" tutorial from JCDL 2007 taught by Tim Donohue and Scott Phillips. The full presentations and materials from this tutorial are also available from the DSpace Presentations page. Spanish translation by the University of León

*DSpace 1.4.1 Customization (by Claudia Jürgen) available at Eldorado, the institutional repository of the University of Dortmund. This is the English translation of a customization presentation held at the DSpace Workshop in Kassel (Germany) March 07. The presentation gives an overview to basic customization and configuration techniques and possibilities of DSpace 1.4.1. Thanx to Chris Yates of The University of Wales, Aberystwyth for proofreading it.

*DSpace how-to guide: tips and tricks for managing common DSpace chores (DSpace version 1.3.2) by Dorothea Salo and Tim Donohue, _also available at - This short booklet is intended to introduce the common, non-obvious customization-related tasks for newcomers to DSpace administration. It has been written against the current stable version 1.3.2 of DSpace. It's meant to be usable across all platforms (Linux, Windows, Mac). For even more information, the slides from their "Making DSpace Your Own" Tutorial at JCDL 2006 are available on the DSpace Presentations page. Spanish translation by the University of León

Developing with DSpace

  • An overall reference for developing code with DSpace (and creating patches) is available on the Guide for Developing with DSpace page.
    *DSpace Developers Documentation (by Richard Jones) - A general guide to some common objects and methods of doing things with the DSpace source code. It is not a complete guide, and it covers parts of both 1.3.2 and 1.4 (CVS version around March 2006); check your javadocs for definitive method calls.

Documentation for New DSpace Administrators

Instructions for New Admin This is a simple guide to print off for people who will start uploading documents to your instance of DSpace, by Shawna Sadler.

Related Readings

Mailing Lists

English Lists

There are several public DSpace mailing lists you can join, depending on what your particular interest is.

Non-English Lists

While we hope that the community works together by using the above lists, some mailing lists enabling non-English speakers to participate are emerging. We strongly encourage people on those lists who speak English to liaise between them.

IRC channel

There are two dedicated DSpace IRC (internet relay chat) channels (i.e. "rooms") on the server:

If you do not have access to an IRC client, or are new to IRC, the following web interface is very easy way to get started:

    • Enter in a nickname (of your choice, e.g. firstName_lastName)
    • Enter in one of the IRC channels above (e.g. "#dspace" or "#duraspace")
    • Leave the "Auth to Services" setting unchecked.

For a list of IRC client software, see:

Many current Instant Messaging (IM) clients also support IRC. Here's a list of widely used software you can install that will allow you to connect to IRC:

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User Group Meetings

The DSpace user community has at least one major user group meeting a year held in conjunction with the Open Repository Conference. For information about past or upcoming OR DSpace User Group meetings, including links to any available recordings and/or presentation slides click hereThere are also other country specific, regional or European meetings periodically. For information about user group meetings near you, check with your country's/region's DSpace Ambassador