20 useful tools for open-source maintainers

I summarized useful tools for open-source enthusiast.

IssueHunt — Created by BoostIO

IssueHunt is an issue-based bounty platform for open source projects.

You can easily put a bounty on not only a bug but also on OSS feature requests. Collected funds will be distributed to the project owner:contributor=20%:80% (Owner can also customize the proportion).

Submit your repositories to https://issuehunt.io/ and get help from developers around the world right away.

IssueHunt - Boost your issue and boost your happiness

Jenkins — Created by Jenkins

Jenkins is a CI (Continuous Integration) tool known for its high versatility. Unlike CircleCI (mentioned later in this list), it can be installed on a server.

After Installation and Configuration is completed, you can use the web interface to do many useful things:

  • Automate Build Processes
  • Run Tests
  • Deploy Artifacts to Servers
  • And just about any other tasks you’re sick of doing manually!


CircleCI — Created by Circle Internet Services, Inc.,

CircleCI — Unlike Jenkins, Circle CI is a cloud service and comes with minimal setup and no need to host on a private server — more than two containers will come with a monthly fee.

You can easily establish a link to your GitHub projects and configuration can be easily managed in a simple YAML file (circle.yml) , so the operational hurdle is not high.

Continuous Integration and Delivery

Travis CI — Created by Travis CI

Travis CI — Similar to Circle CI, Travis CI is also a cloud based CI service. Travis CI will provide services free of charge for all open source projects.

However, there are drawbacks such as not being able to connect SSH to the container and no remote debugging.

Travis CI - Test and Deploy Your Code with Confidence

Probot — Created by Brandon Keepers

Probot is a framework for building GitHub Apps.

Primary functions:

  • Process each event in a GitHub repository
  • Run GitHub API

You can do it easily!


Stale — Created by Brandon Keepers

Stale — Probot Plug-in — A useful bot that will close unrelated issues and pull requests after a designated period of time.


Todo — Created by Jason Etcovitch

Todo — Probot plugin — Allows you to easily create new GitHub issues by simply adding keywords in your source code:

  • @todo
  • TODO


Release Drafter — Created by Tim Lucas

Release Drafter — Probot Plug-in — Automatically creates release notes for your application when pull requests are merged into your master branch.


GitHub Polls Bot — Created by Michael Hsu

GitHub Polls Bot — Probot plugin — Allows you to create a voting form within a repository issue.


Mergeable — Created by Justin Law

Mergeable — Probot plugin — Prevents you from merging pull requests that do not conform to the rules you set.

Also, when creating an issue, Mergable will inform you if you have not met the requirements. Additionally, Mergable will notify writers and collaborators of outdated issues and pull requests.


commitlint [bot] — Created by Ahmed T. Ali

CommitLint — Probot plugin — Checks commits and pull requests then sets the appropriate status.


react-preview — Created by Aditya Agarwal

React-Preview — Probot plugin — Automatically creates a preview of your React project.


ForkHub — Created by Jon Ander Peñalba

ForkHub — GitHub client for Android.

You can use it to, post comments the repository’s issues page, filter issues, and save it as a bookmark on your dashboard.

You can also use it to “Star” (Favorite) a repository, fork and follow users.


WIP — Created by Gregor Martynus

WIP — An application designed to prevent accidentally merging files under development.

WIP responds to keywords (e.g. — “WIP”, “do not merge”, etc.) in the title of a pull request. If a keyword is found, it will “Uncheck” the file so it won’t be checked in.


ImgBot — Created by Dan Butvinik

ImgBot — Crawls all the image files in the repository and sends a pull request after performing a lossless compression.

For lossless compression, the file size is the same and the quality is maintained.


typot — Created by Takahiro Kubo

typot — A bot that detects typo in a pull request.


backlog — Created by Abi Noda

backlog — A plugin for Slack that posts a pull request reminder to Slack.


Redmine — Created by Redmine

Redmine — An information sharing and communication tool. Redmine provides easy file management, wiki functions, and offers the ability to share information.

You can register tasks such as bug resolutions to members as tickets, and check and share progress.

Overview - Redmine

Wrike — — Created by Wrike, Inc.

Wrike — Although similar in many ways to Redmine, Wrike is a very powerful tool which can be used to view projects in chronological order (e.g. — view tasks sorted by Date/Time) and incorporate Gantt charts.

Additionally, you can add subtasks to tasks, and can track time for each item or task.

Your online project management software - Wrike

Asana — Created by Asana

Asana — A tool that can be used by up to 15 people for FREE.

Unfortunately, you cannot manage man-hours or use Gantt chart like you can with Wrike, however, chat is available within tasks, allowing for much easier communication with you team.

Use Asana to manage your team's work, projects, & tasks online · Asana

Flow —Created by Flow

Flow — A project management tool with many simplarities to the previously mentioned items, but with Flow you can set routine tasks and manipulate tasks on the calendar.

You can also save a project as a template, so it can be a useful tool for those who launch many similar projects.

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Publication date: 
11/14/2018 - 16:11

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