The Open Source Discovery Service

logo_2015/ is an open source web service that indexes data from software projects, analyzes the code, and maps relationships between projects. is a vertical search engine for programming code from the UK, founded in 2015 and developed by Andrew Nesbitt, Mauro Pompilio and Benjamin Nickolls. You can search in software packages and repositories. The results can be refined by license, programming language, keywords and platforms.

Language English

Launched 2015
Closed No

Developer Nesbitt, Andrew; Mauro Pompilio & Benjamin Nickolls

Country of Origin UK

2017 - [...] Nesbitt, Andrew; Mauro Pompilio & Benjamin Nickolls

Topic Code search engine

Region UK

Technical functionalities
Search engine for special file formats

Used SeEn

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

» indexes data from 2,150,033 projects from 33 package managers. We monitor project releases, analyse each project's code, community, distribution and documentation, and we map the relationships between projects when they're declared as a dependency. The 'dependency tree' that emerges is the core of the services that we provide.« Source

Wikipedia: » is an open source web service that lists software development project dependencies and alerts developers to new versions of the software libraries they are using. is written by Andrew Nesbitt, who has also used the code as the basis for DependencyCI, a service that tests project dependencies. A key feature is that the service checks for software license compliance. As of 30 November 2016, the web service monitors 1,930,496 open source libraries and supports 33 different package managers. To gather the information on libraries, it uses the dominant package manager for each programming language that is supported. The website organizes them by programming language, package manager, license (such as GPL or MIT), and by keyword. The code that runs the web service is available on GitHub and under the GNU Affero General Public License.« Source


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Example results page for "sand": Source

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Created: 2017-02-24