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Project Kenai

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Type of site  Development website
Owner  Oracle Corporation
Launched  September 17, 2008
Available in  English
Current status  active; will be closed by September 2017

Project Kenai is a collaborative hosting site for free and open source projects, launched by Sun Microsystems and now owned by Oracle. The service will be moved over to the domain for public use as part of Oracle's restructuring of Sun. As of February 2017 the following message appears on the homepage: "The site will be closing permanently on April 28, 2017."


Services's services include version controlled source code repositories (Mercurial, Subversion, Git), team wikis, a download area to host documents, an integrated team member IM chat, issue tracking (JIRA, Bugzilla), forums, mailing lists, and webhooks for selected events.

The Kenai portal supports tagging, an advanced site search that enables finding people and project types via a tag cloud and other properties, and a project search that enables developers to find projects. There is also context-sensitive help available on every page.

Similar to a social network, Kenai encourages members to create a profile page that shows personal tags and lists all projects they follow and participate in. This makes it easy to get in contact and work with other developers who have similar interests. Members use their profiles also to browse their forum and mailing histories.

IDE integration

With the release of NetBeans IDE 6.7, it is possible to maintain Kenai projects directly from inside an IDE.

Developers can use the NetBeans IDE to check out source code and commit changes, to navigate between Kenai projects and local sources, and to submit bug reports and patches directly to the integrated issue tracker. The IDE also displays which project members are currently online.


Project Kenai was built using JRuby, Glassfish V2, and MySQL databases.


As part of Oracle's restructuring of Sun the Project Kenai service will be migrated. The domain will be migrated to the Kenai infrastructure and all Kenai projects will then be moved to the domain. The exact date for this migration has yet to be announced.


Project Kenai Wikipedia

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