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FOSSology is a open source license compliance software system and toolkit. As a toolkit you can run license, copyright
and export control scans from the command line. As a system, a database and web ui are provided to give you a compliance
workflow. In one click you can generate an SPDX file, or a ReadMe with all the copyrights notices from your software.
FOSSology deduplication means that you can scan an entire distro, rescan a new version, and only the changed files will
get rescanned. This is a big time saver for large projects.

Check out Who Uses FOSSology!

FOSSology does not give legal advice.


The PHP versions 5.5.9 to 5.6.x are supported to work for FOSSology.


FOSSology should work with many Linux distributions.

See for source code download of the releases.

For installation instructions see Github Wiki


FOSSology comes with a Dockerfile allowing the containerized execution
both as single instance or in combination with an external PostgreSQL database.
Note: It is strongly recommended to use an external database for production
use, since the the standalone image does not take care of data persistency.

A pre-built Docker image is available from Docker Hub and can be run using following command:

docker run -p 8081:80 fossology/fossology

The docker image can then be used using http://IP_OF_DOCKER_HOST:8081/repo user fossy passwd fossy.

Execution with external database container can be done using Docker Compose.
The Docker Compose file is located under the /install folder can can be run using following command:

cd install
docker-compose up

The Docker image allows configuration of it's database connection over a set of environment variables.

  • FOSSOLOGY_DB_HOST: Hostname of the PostgreSQL database server.
    An integrated PostgreSQL instance is used if not defined or set to localhost.
  • FOSSOLOGY_DB_NAME: Name of the PostgreSQL database. Defaults to fossology.
  • FOSSOLOGY_DB_USER: User to be used for PostgreSQL connection. Defaults to fossy.
  • FOSSOLOGY_DB_PASSWORD: Password to be used for PostgreSQL connection. Defaults to fossy.


We are currently migrating our documentation to github. At this stage you can find general documentation at:
and developer docs here on github


Mailing lists, FAQs, Release Notes, and other useful info is available
by clicking the documentation tab on the project website. We encourage
all users to join the mailing list and participate in discussions.
There is also a #fossology IRC channel on the freenode IRC network if
you'd like to talk to other FOSSology users and developers.
See Contact Us


We really like contributions in several forms, see


FOSSology is licensed under GPL-2.0


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