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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.
  • Code Contribution Guidelines – An evolving guide to developing code and documentation for contributing back to the DSpace community
  • How to Contribute to DSpace – 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 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

  • You may checkout/fork the source code via Git from our DSpace GitHub code repository. This code repository is also browseable via GitHub.
    • Stable versions of DSpace can be found under Tags
    • Maintenance branches for major releases can be found under Branches
    • The Unreleased, latest code is on Master (WARNING: may be unstable at times)
    • NOTE: if you're going to be developing with DSpace, we recommend you access the DSpace code using GitHub. For much more information, please see Development with Git and our Code Contribution Guidelines.

DSpace Issue Tracking, Feature Requests, and Patches

The DSpace Jira 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.

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. More recent documentation can also be accessed online or downloaded in PDF format.

All version support policies are detailed in our DSpace Software Support Policy


Latest Release

Supported Until

Change History


DSpace 7.x7.0beta2 (no final release yet available)(7.0 final is unreleased and therefore not yet supported for production)ChangesBrowse
DSpace 6.x6.3 (2018-06-27)~January 2021Changes Browse | Download PDF

JavaDocs 6

DSpace 5.x

5.10 (2018-10-04)~January 2020


Browse | Download PDF

JavaDocs 5

DSpace 4.x

4.9 (2018-06-25)

January 2019


Browse | Download PDF

JavaDocs 4

DSpace 3.x

3.6 (2016-03-21)

End of Life / Unsupported


Browse | Download PDF

JavaDocs 3

DSpace 1.8.x

1.8.3 (2013-07-25)

End of Life / Unsupported


Browse | Download PDF

JavaDocs 1.8

DSpace 1.7.x

1.7.3 (2013-07-25)

End of Life / Unsupported


Browse | Download PDF

DSpace 1.6.x  

1.6.2 (2010-06-15)

End of Life / Unsupported

See Ch.16 in docs

Browse | Download PDF

JavaDocs 1.6

DSpace 1.5.x  

1.5.2 (2009-04-14)

End of Life / Unsupported

See Ch.14 in docs

Browse | Download PDF

DSpace 1.4.x 

1.4.2 (2007-05-10)

End of Life / Unsupported

See docs

Documentation in 'docs' directory of Source Download

DSpace 1.3.x 

1.3.2 (2005-10-09)

End of Life / Unsupported

See docs

Documentation in 'docs' directory of Source Download

DSpace 1.2.x 

1.2.2 (2005-05-05)

End of Life / Unsupported

See docs

Documentation in 'docs' directory of Source Download

DSpace 1.1.x 

1.1.1 (2003-05-08)

End of Life / Unsupported

See docs

Documentation in 'docs' directory of Source Download

DSpace 1.0.

1.0.1 (2002-11-04)

End of Life / Unsupported

See docs

Documentation in 'docs' directory of Source Download

Other formats and translations


Repository Planning

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)
  • The DSpace Course (August 2008) - written by Stuart Lewis and Chris Yates, funded by JISC and Repositories Support Project and was funded by JISC  
  • 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 interfaces are very easy way to get started:

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:

  • Pidgin (supports IM & IRC on all OSes) - Ubuntu has a good guide for configuring IRC in Pidgin (just be sure to join the #dspace or #duraspace channel instead of #ubuntu)
  • Adium (Mac only, supports IM & IRC) - Note: only version 1.4 or above supports IRC
  • Trillian (supports IM & IRC)
  • Colloquy (Mac only, supports IRC)

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

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