22 Free Open Source Web Design Tools

With hat-full of open source applications and resources for Developers available online, its a boon for developers community. You can grow as a developer and learn enhance your skills and knowledge to a great extent.

This post has a collection of some useful and open source applications and resources that can be used by developers without have to think about cost.

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Flex

Flex is a powerful, open source application framework that allows you to easily build mobile applications for iOS, Android™, and BlackBerry® Tablet OS devices, as well as traditional applications for browser and desktop using the same programming model, tool, and codebase.

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XAMPP

XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use

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AppScale

AppScale is an open-source framework for running Google App Engine applications. It is an implementation of a cloud computing platform (Platform-as-a-Service), supporting Xen, KVM, Amazon EC2 and Eucalyptus. AppScale allows users to upload multiple App Engine applications to a cloud. It supports multiple distributed backends such as HBase, Hypertable, Apache Cassandra, and MySQL Cluster.

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Apache Cocoon

Apache Cocoon is a Spring-based framework (since version 2.2 of Cocoon) built around the concepts of separation of concerns and component-based development.

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BookmarkSync

It is a unique system that provides real-time automatic bookmark synchronization between all your different browsers, computers, and operating systems. Add a bookmark to Internet Explorer at work, and it will automatically be sent to your Firefox browser at home and your Safari browser on your Mac! It supports Unicode so it works for bookmarks in all languages.

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Curl-loader

curl-loader (also known as “omes-nik” and “davilka”) is an open-source tool written in C-language, simulating application load and application behavior of thousands and tens of thousand HTTP/HTTPS and FTP/FTPS clients, each with its own source IP-address. In contrast to other tools curl-loader is using real C-written client protocol stacks, namely, HTTP and FTP stacks of libcurl and TLS/SSL of openssl, and simulates user behavior with support for login and authentication flavors.

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HTTP File Server

HTTP File Server, otherwise known as HFS, is a free web server specifically designed for publishing and sharing files.Its foremost feature is its extreme ease of use even for ordinary home users; just launch one file and you’re all set, no configuration or installation.

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Open Web Repository

Open Web Repository is a container of all public web pages’ raw and analyzed content. Open Web Repository contains integrated data about websites’ structure, pages’ actual content, visit statistics and pages’ semantic analysis results of World Wide Web. OMFICA develops own and also deploys third party technologies for the creation of Open Web Repository.

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Lighttpd

lighttpd powers several popular Web 2.0 sites like YouTube, wikipedia and meebo. Its high speed io-infrastructure allows them to scale several times better with the same hardware than with alternative web-servers.

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Nginx

nginx is a lightweight, high-performance Web server/reverse proxy and e-mail (IMAP/POP3) proxy, licensed under a BSD-like license. It runs on Unix, Linux, BSD variants, Mac OS X, Solaris, and Microsoft Windows.

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NetKernel

NetKernel Standard Edition provides the open foundation for the NetKernel family of products. When you install Standard Edition it connects to its public repository, which includes package updates and new features including applications, tutorials, languages, etc.

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Piwik

Piwik is a downloadable, open source (GPL licensed) real time web analytics software program. It provides you with detailed reports on your website visitors: the search engines and keywords they used, the language they speak, your popular pages

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Web.Developer Server Suite

The Web.Developer Server Suite includes phpMyAdmin, Perl, OpenSSL, mod_security, Tomcat (Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages), and mod_aspdotnet (ASP.NET).

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OpenSCDP

The Open Smart Card Development Platform (OpenSCDP) is a collection of tools for the development, test and deployment of smart card and public key infrastructure applications. It uses the capabilities of Global Platform Scripting, Profile and Messaging technology to provide unsurpassed flexibility and development speed.

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Apache

The Apache HTTP Server Project is an effort to develop and maintain an open-source HTTP server for modern operating systems including UNIX and Windows NT. The goal of this project is to provide a secure, efficient and extensible server that provides HTTP services in sync with the current HTTP standards.

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Qcodo Development Framework

The Qcodo Development Framework is an open-source PHP framework that focuses on freeing developers from unnecessary tedious, mundane coding.

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JOnAS

JOnAS is a leading edge Java EE 5 certified Open Source OSGi Enterprise Server developed by Bull and OW2.

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Magnolia CMS

Magnolia CMS allows business users to confidently and easily enter, manage and publish content for the web and related channels; it allows web marketing experts to control branding and content life cycles across a multitude of web sites, languages, brands and channels; and developers to easily extend and customize the content management system to meet business and editorial needs.

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AutoTheme

AutoTheme is a HTML Theme System developed by Shawn McKenzie, written in PHP that currently supports the PHP-Nuke, PostNuke and MD-Pro Content Management Systems, osCommerce and CRE Loaded ecommerce applications and the WordPress blog. AutoTheme can be used stand-alone to develop themed PHP applications or to provide HTML theme capabilities to custom or third-party PHP applications.

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AWStats

AWStats is a free powerful and featureful tool that generates advanced web, streaming, ftp or mail server statistics, graphically. This log analyzer works as a CGI or from command line and shows you all possible information your log contains, in few graphical web pages.

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FileZilla

The free FTP solution. Both a client and a server are available. FileZilla is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License

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Bluefish

Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code.

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  • Kyle

    Sure as hell beats buying Dreamweaver! Thanks for the list, mate!

    • http://victoriapod.com Joseph

      @Keyle OM Dreamweaver sucks if you are knowing what you are doing, Textmate rocks in that area. If you are a beginner in web designing don’t worry dream weaver is a good way to go.

  • http://www.htmlcut.com Sean

    Absolutely great list! Very useful and informative.

  • Lee

    yep it is a great list and the fact its all free is a bonus, somebody still needs to know what to do once they get to these places. Its a Time and/or money thing at the end of the day

    definitely a good list though

  • http://www.smartgeekx.com/ Annamalai Nagappan

    Wow what a great collection of open source tools,this post rocks.Thanks.

  • Manuel Garcia

    Scanning this post is not enough because of the interest brought by this post. Gonna read this deeply later.

  • Jai

    Awesome! This is a great resource here. It will help a lot of web designers looking for this such valuable resource. Great share!

  • Ben Stuart

    Great post and very handy for web designers, so far I have only got into FileZilla but I’d love to give the others a go.

  • http://www.satyathakur.com Satya Thakur

    Awesome Collection! Even though I never try to use any of these, I will surely check them out!

  • Kamal

    Such a Great post,worth for visiting,i am wonder when i am seeing this collection.Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • https://www.facebook.com/nikhil.sharma.982845 Nikhil Sharma

    Its Really a nice collection of open source design tools. Some of them are really great.

  • Kuldeep

    Wow that’s really a great collection of open source tools. Indeed a great share. Thanks slodive for sharing this cool list.