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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 in our SVN at

Instructions on usage

Generally, the rules are such...

  • If you want commit rights or to add your own project code, email the developers list and someone will work to give you access. (You will only be given commit rights to your new project's SVN directory).
  • Any projects can be added here (once you are given access), but you must maintain your own project code. The committers will not maintain your code for you, unless it should become part of out-of-the-box DSpace (see ContributionGuidelines).
  • Ask about project structure etc, we are working to try to organize the space so it stays clean.
  • Obsolete, out-of-date or unmaintained projects may be removed at the committers discretion. We will attempt to notify you before your project would be removed.

Project Structure

  • Addon/Module Projects - Projects that are designed to "add on" to dspace without altering core libraries.
  • Prototype Projects - Prototypes are usually branches of the core codebase, where experimental development of the core codebase can happen. Oftentimes these projects are unstable. If they become widely accepted and stable, they will usually be moved to either the Addon/Module Projects or the Primary Codebase (Trunk)

Documentation and Guides

DSpace System Documentation

Standard System Documentation

Latest Documentation

The latest DSpace System Documentation is available online at:
This official documentation is collaboratively managed in this section of our wiki. Individuals can add helpful comments for others, or even volunteer to help make updates to the official 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

Documentation for New DSpace Administrators

  • Intro to DSpace (August 19, 2009) - written by Cameron Kainerstorfer and Heather Perkins (both of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)
  • 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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