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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:

  • 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.
  • ContributionGuidelines – An evolving guide to developing code and documentation for contributing back to the DSpace community
  • HowToContribute – Find out how to contribute to and participate in DSpace
  • LessonsLearned – Learn from other DSpace teams and share lessons you learned about building a DSpace service.

DSpace Code / Downloads

  • You may also checkout the source code via Subversion (SVN) from our source code repository. This code repository is also browseable via the web.
    • Stable versions of DSpace can be found under Tags in SVN
    • The Unstable, latest code is on Trunk in SVN
    • NOTE: if you're going to be developing with DSpace, we recommend you access the DSpace code using Subversion (see ContributionGuidelines).

DSpace Issue Tracking, Feature Requests, and Patches

The DSpace Jira system tracks bugs, feature requests and patches for 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 /dspace/docs/ 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


Installing DSpace

Customizing DSpace

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.


General discussion about the DSpace platform, and setting up and running a DSpace service. It is open to all DSpace users to ask questions, share news, and spark discussion about DSpace with people managing other DSpace sites.


Technical discussion about the DSpace platform. If you have a technical query, or are having problems getting DSpace up and running, this is the place to go (refer to the Troubleshoot+an+error page for additional help and suggestions). If you are technically savvy, and would like to contribute by helping out those in need, please join!

People working on the DSpace code hang out here.

This is for "hardcore" developers only. This listserv reports the latest SVN commits, allowing developers to keep in touch with the latest DSpace code changes.

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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