Fossil (software)


Fossil is a cross-platform server that runs on Linux, BSD derivatives, Mac and Windows. It is capable of performing distributed version control, bug tracking, wiki services, and blogging. The software has a built-in web interface, which reduces project tracking complexity and promotes situational awareness. A user may simply type "fossil ui" from within any check-out and Fossil automatically opens the user's web browser in a page that gives detailed history and status information on that project.

Being distributed, Fossil requires no central server, although collaboration is made easier by using one.

Content is stored using a SQLite database so that transactions are atomic even if interrupted by a power loss or system crash.[3]

Fossil is free software released under a BSD license[4] (relicensed from previously GPL).


Fossil is used for version control by the SQLite project, which is itself a component of Fossil. SQLite transitioned to using Fossil for version control over CVS on 2009-08-12.[5][6]

Some examples of other projects using Fossil are:

Source code hosting

The following websites provide free source code hosting for Fossil repositories:

  • Chisel. Original site owner James Turner announced that the site would cease operation on May 1, 2013.[7] After domain ownership was transferred on May 1, 2013, it continued operation.[8]
  • SourceForge (unofficially through webpages hosting service[9])

See also


  1. "Fossil: Change Log". Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  2. Fossil Copyright
  3. "Integrated version control with Fossil SCM"., DLR Tech Talk presentation by Arne Bachmann, 2009-12-01
  4. "Fossil DSCM Relicensed with BSD License". 2010-05-16.
  5. "Fossil: Fossil Performance". 2009-08-23. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  6. "SQLite: Timeline".
  7. " shutting down". James Turner. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
  8. "ChiselApp ChangeOver Complete". Andreas Kupries. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  9. "Example: Free Fossil-SCM Repository Hosting". Retrieved 2015-11-21.

Further reading

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